West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute


Educating and Serving the Agricultural Community of West Texas for over Four Decades




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About

Mission Statement

The West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute (WTACI) is an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.


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    Our Purpose

    The West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute (WTACI) is an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.

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    Our Programs

    The institute was founded in 1953. Since that time it has organized and sponsored an annual West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Conference, as well as education seminars on timely issues, and programs and publications to communicate the latest technology to the agricultural industry of West Texas. It also awards scholarships to students majoring in agriculture programs at six area universities and to students who were reared in West Texas going to universities outside the area.

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    Membership

    Under the bylaws, "Membership is open to any individual, business, or professional group interested in improving educational programs related to agricultural chemicals and their safe use."


    Annual membership is accomplished by being a paid registrant at the annual conference. Collected fees are used to pay expenses of the conference, promote programs of interest to the West Texas agricultural community and provide scholarship funds for agricultural students at designated universities.

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    Bylaws

    Click to view the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Bylaws.


    Bylaws of the Institute
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Virtual Annual Conference


Conference Registration

The 2021 conference registration is now open!

September 14, 2021
FiberMax Center for Discovery
1121 Canyon Lake Drive
Lubbock, Texas


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Watch Previous Conference Presentations

Links are provided below to view presentations from the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute annual conference.

Scholarship and Awards

A portion of the registration fees collected at the annual conference, as well as scholarship fund donations from industry and private individuals, is awarded to students majoring in agricultural fields. Since 1983, one to three scholarships per year have been awarded to students attending any of six universities in the West Texas area (Abilene Christian, Angelo State, Lubbock Christian, Sul Ross State, Texas Tech, and West Texas A&M).

Scholarships are awarded through a scholarship committee appointed by the WTACI Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients are selected from applications on the basis of GPA, career goals, degree being sought, and financial need.

In addition, the Institute makes periodic contributions to the WTACI Endowment Fund established at Texas Tech University. Although scholarships are not being funded at this time, the endowment is designed to eventually be self-sustaining through interest income. The Institute has also made contributions to the A. W. Young Scholarship Fund at Texas Tech University.



Current Scholarship Application

Click below for 2021 scholarship information, requirements and application.
The deadline for application is May 15, 2021. Recipients will be notified by July 1, 2021.

WTACI 2021 Scholarship Form


Undergraduate Scholarship Award Winners

Click to view previous undergraduate scholarship award winners.

Undergraduate Recipients

Graduate Scholarship Award
Winners

Click to view previous graduate scholarship award winners.

Graduate Recipients


Awards

Each year since 1968, the WTACI has presented awards to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the agriculture industry of West Texas. The Commercial Award is presented to a person directly employed in the industry. Included are dealer representatives, distributors, consultants and applicators. The Institutional Award is given to a person representing a state, federal or private agency or an institution of higher education. The Environmental, Innovator and Special awards are given at random.

Click below to view past award winners.

Award Winners

Our Leadership

The 12-member Board of Directors is elected by the general membership. One-third of the directors are elected each year, and each director serves a three-year term. Two-thirds of the board members must be employed by commercial enterprises and one-third by government supported institutions. The institutional members shall include one each from Texas Tech University, the Texas AgriLife Research, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and one other governmental agency. The officers-president, vice president, treasurer and secretary - are elected from the Board of Directors.

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Officers

Past President - Monti Vandiver
President - Corey Thompson
Vice President - Joni Blount
Secretary - Marty McCormick
Treasurer - Brendan Kelly

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Board Members

Suhas Vyahare
Katie Lewis
Michelle Harre
Brent Besler
Nathan Foster
Shawn Wade
Eric Williams

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Advisors

Peter Dotray - TTU, Lubbock
Jaroy Moore - Texas AgriLife Research, Lubbock
Wayne Keeling - Texas AgriLife Research, Lubbock
Whitney Curry - Plains Cotton Growers, Lubbock
Glen Ritchie - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock

Contact Us




West Texas Agricutural Chemicals Institute
1102 E. Drew St.
Lubbock, TX 79403-6603
(806) 746-6101