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  • 1. MERRITT J. TAYLOR June, 2005 Academic Training Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 1982 M.S. Agricultural Economics, New Mexico State University, 1976 B.S. Animal Science, New Mexico State University, 1969 Professional Background September, 1996 to Present - Center Director and Professor, (Department Head) the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Lane, Oklahoma. Emphasis is on testing technical feasibility and development of economically viable alternative horticultural enterprises for Southeastern Oklahoma. Responsible for budgeting, planning and operation of Research and Extension Center and supervision of Center employees. Play key role in development of funding sources for the Center and participating scientists. Administrative annual evaluation of faculty for promotion and tenure submitted to their respective disciplinary departments. Provide leadership representing the Center to the public and to OSU administration. Current and pending extramural funding March, 2005 - $674,598. Extramural Research Grants - USDA/CSREES Special Grants Programs, USDA-IPM Strategies, EPSCoR, OSU Office of the Vice President - Internet2 Supplemental Grant, USDA Pest Management Alternatives Research, USDA/Southern Region IPM Grants, National Watermelon Promotion Board. 1987 - Sept 1996 Professor and Area Extension Economist-Management and Marketing, Texas A&M University, South Texas District 12 – (The twenty two counties South of San Antonio) Management advising and educational programs for agricultural businesses in production management, marketing, financial planning and management, budgeting, investment analysis, tax management, risk management using the futures market, marketing of products domestically and for export and international trade. Clients included lending institutions, government agencies, private and corporate agricultural businesses. Developed and continually updated information regarding the most recent costs and returns of producing and marketing the various crop and livestock enterprises in the South District (22 Counties) of the State of Texas. Developed U.S. and global information regarding marketing trends in prices and volumes of the various commodities produced in South Texas. Recommended alternatives to maximize the producers' objectives, including using the futures and options market as a pricing and risk management strategy. Provided educational programs in Marketing, Whole Business Management, Production Management, Accounting and Control, Investment Analysis, Financial Management, Tax Management, Integrated Resource Management Systems and International Trade. Programs utilized various training techniques, which included
  • 2. lectures, handouts, the Experiential Learning Cycle, Spreadsheets and menu driven computer software. Research Grants - USDA/ARS (IPM Strategies on Cotton in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas), USDA/APHIS (Biological Control of Colorado Potato Beetle on Potatoes in Northern U.S.) Graduate Faculty - Texas A&M University Governor's Representative - Represented the Governor of Texas in Egypt on a program sponsored by The American Egyptian Cooperation Foundation to evaluate the potential of Texas and U.S. Joint- Venture investment in Egypt. Four states were invited: California, Illinois, Ohio and Texas. Governor’s Representative – Represented the Governor of Texas in NAFTA discussions concerning potential railroad traffic across northern Mexico from the west coast of Mexico into Texas crossing the border at Ojinaga/Presidio. March, 1993 to June 1993 Temporarily assigned to the Main Campus at Texas A&M to provide leadership and technical assistance for the various foreign contracts being either implemented or solicited by International Programs and the Department of Agricultural Economics. May, 1992 to March, 1993 Director - Model Farm, Tatarstan, Russia Organizer and Director of the start-up phase of a 1,000-acre Model Farm in Tatarstan, Russia. The Model Farm was financed by the Tatneft Oil Amalgamation in the Romanshinko Oil Field which is the largest oil field in Eastern Europe, located approximately 600 miles East of Moscow. The objectives of the development of the Model Farm were to: Create an environment similar to a U.S. Style Research and Extension Center where improved production, marketing and management technology could be demonstrated; Provide leadership and direction in the process of State Farm lands being developed into several private ownership and privately managed farming enterprises using the most profitable and environmentally sensitive technology available. Responsibilities included assisting in the development of an infrastructure for private ownership to evolve from the current State Farm structure; design, planning and implementation of farm crop and livestock program; assisted in the design of structures and oversaw approximately forty construction workers; assisted in design of proposals for further funding to include private foreign businesses and government assistance agencies. Assisted in the orientation and training of a long-term Resident Director Consultant for the Tatarstan Model Farm Feb-March, 1993. Subsequent to this project, two USDA training grants of over $1 million were awarded to Texas A&M for educating the Russian leadership in free-market decision-making. I was in the first group of Merritt J. Taylor 2
  • 3. professors to teach free market decision-making to the university and institute professors from the former Soviet Union at the Kazan Institute. 1984 - 1986 -- Farm Planning/Agricultural Economist, Experience Incorporated contract with USAID for the Chapare Regional Development Project in Bolivia. Assistant Project Coordinator and member of a long-term, six-person team implementing a project concerned with developing Farming Systems for the various micro regions of the Tropical Chapare Region that would provide viable alternatives to coca production. The team provided technical assistance to the Bolivian Institute of Agricultural Technology (IBTA) in the establishment of a Subtropical Agricultural Research, Extension, and Training System. Two abandoned agricultural experiment stations were recovered and reestablished. Bolivian research scientists were trained in acceptable scientific research methodology, data collection and analysis and development of research reports. Extension training programs were developed and implemented to train trainers in improving their technical skills and to learn the techniques for an educational program based on the Experiential Learning Cycle Methodology. The target audiences were farmers organized as cooperative community groups that functioned as political entities as well as a basis for community development. Related components consisted of: (1) agricultural and forestry production; (2) agribusiness and agroindustry development and marketing of Chapare agricultural products; and (3) project administration and institutional development. 1984 - Senior Consultant - Experience Incorporated, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Participated in Contract Research projects concerned with evaluation of several companies for consideration in mergers or buyouts by an oil industry corporation. Evaluation of the high fructose corn syrup industry by a major sugar industry corporation. Developed a dynamic computer model of the demand for grain barge use in the major U.S. river systems for a major barge company for long-term investment decisions in capital stock. This model was kept on retainer for annual update and evaluation. Developed proposals for private industry, government and international contracts for research, development and implementation. 1981 - 1984 -- Agricultural Economist - Texas A&M University contract with USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture of Haiti. Leader of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management Program. Responsible for training designated ministry employees in the Research and Extension Service Division. A training program was developed in data collection and analysis of statistics, technologies, and constraints of the small farmers in Haiti, for ministry of Agriculture Scientists and Extension Agents. A farming systems approach was utilized. A training program for trainers was developed to extend research and verification plot information to communities utilizing the Experiential Learning Cycle Methodology. Assisted in design, implementation, and analysis of controlled and farm demonstration experiments throughout the country that were developed into and disseminated as technological packages to improve the farmers’ economic conditions. Aug.-Sept. 1983 -- Agricultural Economist - Project Evaluation Merritt J. Taylor 3
  • 4. Member of a seven-person project evaluation team to Haiti. Assisted USAID/Haiti in evaluating the soundness of continued institutional, economic and technical support for an irrigation component of an Integrated Development Project. Evaluated the profitability of cropping systems with and without irrigation. Determined potential changes that would occur as farmers switched to modern farming technology. Initial USAID plan to scrap the project was reversed due to the economic cost/benefit report. 1979 - 1981 -- Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Developed computer network models of the transportation system involving the movement of United States produced corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, soft wheat, Durham wheat and hard wheat from the farm to the domestic market and importing countries. Scenarios within the marketing infrastructure utilizing truck, rail, barge, and ocean freighter were evaluated. * The national railroad system modified unit train pricing and logistical structure based on results of these models. 1976 - 1979 -- Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Lecturer to four (4) sections of students per semester for a course titled "Agriculture Economics 325 - Farm and Ranch Management" (required course for all agriculture majors). Developed and presented curriculum for lectures and laboratory exercise materials, supervised laboratory problem solving exercises and evaluated students' progress through quizzes and examinations. Subject material included economic principles, business planning, decision-making techniques, accounting principles, tax management, and capital acquisition. (Nominated for Outstanding Teacher Award). Academic advisor for Spanish speaking foreign students in the Department of Agricultural Economics - Texas A & M University. Faculty Advisor for the El Salvador Students Club. 1976 - Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics, Jan-Aug New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Primary focus was on data gathering and analysis of the fuel energy requirements for producing eighteen (18) of New Mexico's commodities. 1974 - 1976 -- Graduate Student, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Thesis topic on fuel requirements to produce beef in feedlots and on open range. 1972 - 1974 -- Construction Superintendent, Johnmeyer Construction Company, Vichy, Missouri. Underground telephone construction, contract blasting and explosive handling. Responsible for coordination of projects, including public relations and fulfillment of production requirements. Supervisor of fourteen skilled operators. Merritt J. Taylor 4
  • 5. 1965 - 1972 - Farms and Feedlot Manager, Chelten Farms, Inc., Las Cruces, New Mexico. Provided management, organization and operational authority of 1,000 acres of flood irrigated farmland. Five farms were involved. Principal crops grown were cotton, alfalfa, corn, sorghum, barley, and oats. Managed feedlot of approximately 3,500 head stocker cattle, and 180 head registered Guernsey dairy. Supervised eight full-time employees and 100-150 temporary contract laborers. Custom farming operation, which included heavy plowing, and land preparation, ensilage and cotton stalk chopping. 1961-1965 U.S. Navy – Underwater Weapons, Explosives, Welding, Machine Shop. Foreign Service Consulting projects in: Haiti, West Indies; Dominican Republic; Honduras; Bolivia; Peru; Mexico; Egypt; Tatarstan, Russia; Crimea, Ukraine; Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Armenia, Georgia. Languages English -- Native; Spanish -- Excellent; Haitian Creole -- Weak; Russian -- Weak; Private Consulting Marketing-Management Advisor for irrigated farms, commercial cow/calf, exotic cattle businesses in the U.S. Slaughterhouse, rendering plant and 16,000 head feedlot, modern meat markets in Mexico. Crop profile for recommended marketing strategy and emphasis in coca alternative crops program in Bolivia (Cocaine control program). Joint Venture Feasibility study for an international barter company from New York to lease collective farms and cotton gins in Uzbekistan. Affiliations American Agricultural Economics Association Western Agricultural Economics Association Southern Agricultural Economics Association International Agricultural Economics Association Texas Vegetable Association (Secretary for 4 years) Oklahoma Vegetable Association (Board of Directors Advisor) Texas and Oklahoma Watermelon Association National Watermelon Association Merritt J. Taylor 5
  • 6. Entomology Society of America Southern Branch of American Society of Horticulture Sciences University Committees Texas Agricultural Extension Service - Issue Task Force for Marketing of Agricultural Products Texas A&M University System - Five-Year Strategic Plan Commodity Panels, Sugar Crops and Citrus (Chairman). Texas Agricultural Extension Service - International Marketing Initiative Team Texas Agricultural Extension Service - Chairman of Environmental Public Policy Initiative Team. Texas A&M System: Appointed by Dean and Deputy Chancellor to two-year term on Texas A&M Agricultural System "Think Tank" for Strategic Direction of the System. Oklahoma State University, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources- Distance Education Committee. Oklahoma State University, Food and Agricultural Products Center – Value Added Advisory Committee. Oklahoma State University, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources GPRA Committee Oklahoma State University, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Administrative Committee Oklahoma State University, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Agricultural Administrative Planning Group. Awards Citation of Excellence for Service and Support to County Extension Educational Programs in South Texas -Presented by the County Agricultural Agents, 1989 (First time award was extended) Award of Appreciation In Recognition and Appreciation of Outstanding Contributions and Service to the Lettuce, Onion and Melon Industry of Texas, 1989 Certificate of Appreciation For Continued Support of Extension Educational Programs Sponsored By The Zapata County Extension Program Council, December 6, 1990. Merritt J. Taylor 6
  • 7. Certificate of Appreciation From the Cotton Producers of Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The certificate reads: La Asociacion de Productores de Algodon de Rio Bravo Reconoce la Participacion del Dr. Merritt J. Taylor En el 1er Seminario Regional Sobre Algodonero "El Algodonero, Cultivo Viejo Para Productores Nuevos", Cd. Rio Bravo, Tamps., Enero 16, de 1991. Certificate of Appreciation from Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, For Outstanding Contribution to the Success of the International Citrus Conference held in Martinez de la Torre, Vera Cruz, Mexico, March, 1991 Certificate of Recognition from the Global Knowledge Group for "Sistema de Apoyo Estrategio Para El Sector Agropecuario de Mexico", December, 1995. Certificate of Recognition from American Agri-Women, Inc. for Leadership and Invaluable Contribution To The Strength and Growth of Agriculture, December, 1995 Certificate of Appreciation from the South Texas Onion and Melon Committee for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, August, 1996. Recognition by The Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University for “Meritorious Service To The Agricultural Industry, the State of Texas and the World”, July, 1996. Certificate of Appreciation from the Kiamichi-Atoka Technology Center for participation in the School-to-Work Initiative creating the Connection Between Education and Business. April, 2001. Recognized by the Oklahoma Vegetable Association at the bi-state Horticultural Industry Show in Springdale, Arkansas. The Plaque states: Outstanding Service Award, Presented to Merritt Taylor In Grateful Acknowledgement For Extraordinary Service to The Oklahoma Vegetable Industry Presented by The Oklahoma Vegetable Association, January 2003 Publications: Taylor, Merritt J., "The Energy Requirements To Produce Beef In New Mexico," Unpublished Masters Thesis, January, 1976. Patrick, N., F. Worman, M. Taylor and J. Sweetser, "Energy Requirements For Agricultural Production In New Mexico," New Mexico State University, New Mexico Energy Institute, Final Report, NMEI 29, May, 1979. Taylor, Merritt, Stephen Fuller, and Yanira Baños; "Trends in United States Grain and Soybean Exports and Utilized Port Areas, 1969-1978", M.P. No. 1477 Department of Agricultural Economics. The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, June, 1981. Taylor, Merritt J., "A Model to Analyze the Export Grain Transportation Systems", Unpublished Dissertation, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, May, 1982. Merritt J. Taylor 7
  • 8. Makus, Larry, Stephen Fuller, and Merritt Taylor; "Effectiveness of Intermodal Competition in Limiting Export Grain Rail Rates. "Presentation at the AAEA Meetings, Logan, Utah, 1982. Fuller, Stephen, Larry Makus, and Merritt Taylor; "Effect of Railroad Deregulation on Export-Grain Rates," North Central Journal of Agricultural Economics, January, 1982. Stutler, Kern R., James L. Walker, Miguel A. Lugo-Lopez, Carol A. Stengel, Merritt J. Taylor, and Ruth Yabes; USAID/Haiti, "Evaluation of the Irrigation Component of the Integrated Agricultural Development Project No. 521-0078, Water Management Synthesis II Project," September, 1983. Cheaney, Robert L., and Merritt J. Taylor; "Factors to Consider in Recommending Cropping Systems in Haiti." M.P. Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Haiti, December, 1983. Taylor, Merritt J. and Robert L. Cheaney; "Guide For Developing An Effective Extension Program for Haitian Farmers", Port au Prince, Haiti, June, 1984. Bursch, William, Merritt Taylor, Bill Hand, Richard Magniani, "Estimated Grain Exports Via The U.S. River Systems and The Resulting Demand For Grain Barges to The Year 2009," Demand For Grain Barges Contract Report for - American Commercial Barge Company, Experience Incorporated Project No. 1770, October, 1984. Bursch, William, Richard Magniani, Cecil Fuller, Merritt Taylor, "Strategic Directions For American Crystal Sugar Company Related to The Impact of High Fructose Corn Sugar (HFCS)," Impact Of HFCS Contract Report for - American Crystal Sugar Company, Experience Incorporated Project No. 1745, September, 1984. Bursch, William, Lee Sandeger, Herve Evans, Richard Baldwin, Richard Magniani, Merritt Taylor," Acquisition Evaluation of Agrigenetics," Seed Company Acquisition Contract Report for - Lubrizol Oil Company, Experience Incorporated Project No. 1816, August, 1984. Sanchez, Daniel and Merritt J. Taylor; "Costos de Produccion de Cultivos Tradiccionales en el Chapare, 1986". Boletin #5, IBTA/Chapare, Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1986. McGrann, James M., Merritt J. Taylor, Art Beckwith and David Hughes; "Texas Sugarcane Enterprise Budget Templates, User's Manual" (CBS), Texas Agricultural Extension Service, March, 1988. Taylor, Merritt J., and Gordon Powell, "Texas Citrus Production, Utilization and Demand", Texas Citrus Handbook. Texas Agricultural Extension Service, L-2319 (Sept. 1988) Taylor, Merritt J., and Gordon Powell, "Texas Citrus Marketing Regulations", Texas Citrus Handbook Texas Agricultural Extension Service, L-2321 (September 1988). Merritt J. Taylor 8
  • 9. Taylor, Merritt J., and Gordon Powell "Texas Citrus Grower Market Outlets" Texas Citrus Handbook Texas Agricultural Extension Service, L-2321 (September 1988). Taylor, Merritt J., and Gordon Powell "Texas Citrus Market Promotion" Texas Citrus Handbook Texas Agricultural Extension Service, L-2321 (September 1988). Taylor, Merritt J., Jose G. Peña and Paul Teague. "Texas Citrus Young Orchard Establishment Costs" Texas Citrus Handbook Texas Agricultural Extension Service, L-2321 (September 1988). Taylor, Merritt J., Jose G. Peña and Paul Teague. "Texas Citrus Young Orchard Production Costs and Returns - Years 4 to 7" Texas Citrus Handbook. Texas Agricultural Extension Service, L-2321 (September 1988). Taylor, Merritt J., Jose G. Peña and Paul Teague, "Texas Citrus Mature Orchard Production Costs and Returns - Year 8 to 10+" Texas Citrus Handbook. Texas Agricultural Extension Service, L-2322 (September 1988). Lander, Carmen, Enrique Perez, Marvin Miller, Merritt Taylor, Jose Amador, "Cantaloupe Vine Decline Demonstrations, Rio Grande City, Starr County, Texas", Texas Agricultural Extension Service, 1989. Lander, Carmen, Enrique Perez, Robert Turley, Marvin Miller, Merritt Taylor, Jose Amador, "Results of the Demonstrations Conducted in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas to Evaluate Melon Cultivars for Their Resistance or Susceptibility to Vine Decline", Starr Produce Co. Inc., Rio Grande City, Starr County, Texas and Helle Farms, Inc., La Joya, Hidalgo County Texas, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, 1989. Norman, John W., Merritt J. Taylor, Steve D. Livingston, John E. Bremer, Logan Boswell, Terry Lockamy, Jonathan G. Sunday, David B. Sandefer, Enrique Perez, C. Wayne Smith, Kamal M. El-Zik, Bobby L. Bredthauer, Ray Castenada, Ralph Morgan, "1989 Lower Rio Grande Valley Cotton Variety Performance Tests Including Fiber Quality Analysis", Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Weslaco, Texas, In Cooperation With: Cotton And Grain Producers of The Lower Rio Grande Valley, December, 1989. Heilman, M. D., L. N. Namken and M. J. Taylor, "Thirty Inch Row Spacing For Cotton Production In The Rio Grande Valley of South Texas", Proceedings Of The Lower Rio Grande Valley Cotton Conference, South Padre Island, Texas, October 6 & 7, 1989. Taylor, Merritt J., "Cotton's Economic Impact On The Rio Grande Valley, Texas," Proceedings of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Cotton Conference, South Padre Island, Texas October, 6&7, 1989. Fuller, Stephen, Charles Hall and Merritt Taylor, "Statistics on Selected Vegetable, Melon and Citrus Crops Produced in Texas", A Contract Report by the Texas Merritt J. Taylor 9
  • 10. Agricultural Experiment Station and Texas Agricultural Extension Service for the Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture, Weslaco, Texas, October, 1989 Taylor, Merritt J. Marvin D. Heilman, L. Neal Namken, "Increased Revenue Expected From Reducing Cotton Row Spacing From 40 Inches To 30 Inches In The Rio Grande Valley", Proceedings of the Belt-wide Cotton Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9-14, 1990. Lacewell, Ronald D., John R.C. Robinson, John R. Stoll, Roger Freeman, Jerry Kazda, Carol Hankamer, Robert Stewart, Chibo Onyeji, Merritt Taylor, "Estimated Agricultural Benefits Attributable To Drainage And Flood Control In Cameron County, Texas", Final Report prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, Temple, Texas and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, Texas, February 19, 1990. Heilman, M.D., M.V. Hickman, M.J. Taylor, "A Comparison of Wing-Chisel Tillage With Conventional Tillage on Yield, Resource Conservation and Economics", Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 1990. Edwards, Richard A. and Merritt J. Taylor, "The Impact of Agribusiness In The Rio Grande Valley (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties), Texas A&M, Department of Agricultural Economics, Departmental Publication, March, 1990. Taylor, Merritt J., "Freeze Damage Costs For The Texas Sugar Industry", Sugar Cane, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom, No. 5, September/October, 1990. Taylor, Merritt J., "Impact of Melons In South Texas - 1990"' Annual Melon Federal Market Order Report and Policy Statement, October, 1990. Richardson, C.L., C.W. Hanselka, J.C. Paschal, M.J. Taylor, G.S. Kemph and J.M. Payne, "South Texas Ranching - A Profile" PR-4860, Beef Cattle Research In Texas, 1990, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, College Station, Texas, June, 1991. Taylor, Merritt J., "The U.S.-Mexico Free Trade Agreement: Issues And Implications For The U.S. And Texas Cotton Industry", U.S. - Mexico Free Trade Issue Paper Series TAMRC International Market Research Report No. IM-6-91, Texas Agricultural Market Research Center Report, Texas A&M University, April, 1991. Fuller, Stephen, Charles Hall and Merritt Taylor, "Texas Vegetable, Melon And Citrus Crops: Production, Location And Competitive Position", TAMRC Information Report No. IR-1-91, Texas Agricultural Market Research Center Report, Texas A&M University, April, 1991. Taylor, Merritt J., "Crop Profile - Chapare Region Of Bolivia", Chapare Regional Development Project, USAID Contract No. AID/514-C-00-4214, Cochabamba, Bolivia, August, 1991. Merritt J. Taylor 10
  • 11. Taylor, Merritt J. and C. Parr Rosson, "Curso Intensivo Sobre Administracion de Ranchos Ganaderos", Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, sponsored by the Mexican Association of Animal Producers, September, 1991. Norman, John W., Merritt J. Taylor, Steve Livingston, John E. Bremer, Terry Lockamy, Brad Cowan, Enrique Perez, Ruben Saldaña, "Lower Rio Grande Valley Cotton Blue Book - 1991, A Compilation of Variety Test and Demonstration Results", November, 1991. Hanselka, C.W., J.C. Paschal, M.J. Taylor, W.W. Carson, R. Mercado, "Comprehensive Management For Profit, A South Texas Integrated Resource Management Program - 1990-1991 Annual Report", February, 1992 Taylor, M.J., and William T. Roach, "Narrow Row Cotton - Why Farmers Are Making The Switch In The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas," Proceedings of the Beltwide Cotton Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, January, 1992. Robinson, John R.C., L.N. Namken, Merritt J. Taylor, "Whole Farm Analysis of Alternative Row Spacings for Cotton in The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas," Project Report, USDA/ARS Project No. 0500-0002-015-00d - Integration of Agronomic and Pest Management Strategies To Increase Efficiency and Reduce Chemical Usage in Cotton Production, 1992. Taylor, Merritt J., John P. Nichols, J.D. McCrady, "Compromises and Adjustments: Developing A Model Farm In Tatarstan, Russia," Presented at the American Association For The Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meetings, Boston, Massachusetts, February, 1993, - Faculty Paper Series FP-93-2, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, February, 1993. Nichols, John P., Stephen W. Fuller, Lonnie L. Jones, Merritt J. Taylor, J.D. McCrady, Richard Grosskopf, "U.S. Agriculture and Agribusiness", Teaching Materials for Introductory Course in Agricultural Business Management for the Former Soviet Union (English and Russian Language Versions), Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, July, 1993. Norman, John W., Jeff Johnson, Steve Livingston, John Bremer, Alton N. Sparks, Merritt Taylor, et al., "Lower Rio Grande Valley Cotton Blue Book 1993," A compilation of variety test and demonstration results and foliar feed, herbicide and insecticide test results, Texas Agricultural Extension Service Regional Report 500-93, January, 1994. White, Duboise, C. Parr Rosson, III, Carl G. Anderson and Merritt J. Taylor, "A Cost Comparison Of Cotton Gins In The Lower Rio Grande Valley With Tamaulipas, Mexico," Proceedings of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, San Diego, California, January, 1994. Robinson, John R. C., L. Neal Namken, and Merritt J. Taylor, "Whole Farm Analysis of Alternative Row Spacings for Cotton in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas," Merritt J. Taylor 11
  • 12. Presented at the 1993 Cotton Economics and Marketing Conference, January 10-14, New Orleans, Louisiana. Published in the 1993 Proceedings of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, National Cotton Council (1993):494-496 Robinson, John R.C. and Merritt J. Taylor, "Farmer Expenditures for Boll Weevil Control in South Texas: 1991-93", Proceedings of the 1994 Cotton Economics and Marketing Conference, Beltwide Cotton Conference, San Diego, California, January, 1994. Taylor, Merritt J., and Jeff W. Johnson, "Dollar Value of Documentation in Biological Control Research Projects”, Presented at the Joint Meetings of the Mexican Entomological Society and the American Entomological Society (Southwest Branch), Biological Control Symposium, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, April, 1994. Johnson, J.R., D.R. Langford, L.L. Falconer, M.J. Taylor, and J.R.C. Robinson, "Sugarcane Production Costs and Returns in The Rio Grande Valley: A Case Study," Rio Farms Inc. Agricultural Research and Demonstration 1992-1993 Research Report, Monte Alto, Texas, June, 1994. Rosson, C. Parr III., Amy Purvis-Pagano, E. Berry Summerour II., Lonnie L. Jones, Ronald D. Lacewell, Teofilo Ozuna, Allen L. Wyse, Merritt J. Taylor, Sharif M. Masud, "Agricultural Trade and The Environment: Potential Impacts on The Rio Grande Valley of Texas", congressional briefing document, July 29, 1994. Taylor, Merritt J., "Economic Importance Of Cucurbits," Presented at the International Cucurbitaceae 1994 Conference, November 1-4, 1994, South Padre Island, Texas. Robinson, John R.C., Merritt J. Taylor, M. G. Rojas, J. M. Morales-Rojas, and E. G. King, "Economic Potential of In Vitro Reared Catolaccus grandis (Burks) For Augmentative Control Of Boll Weevil, Presented in the Biological Control Section of the National Entomological Society of America (ESA) meetings, Dallas, Texas, December 15, 1994. Taylor, Merritt J., Charles R. Hall and Gustavo A. Molina, "Texas Citrus Production, Utilization and Demand," Revision of the Texas Citrus Handbook, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, December, 1994. Taylor, Merritt J., Charles R. Hall and Gustavo A. Molina, "Texas Citrus Marketing Regulations," Revision of the Texas Citrus Handbook, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, December, 1994. Taylor, Merritt J., Charles R. Hall and Gustavo A. Molina, "Texas Citrus Grower Market Outlets," Revision of the Texas Citrus Handbook, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, December, 1994. Merritt J. Taylor 12
  • 13. Taylor, Merritt J., Charles R. Hall and Gustavo A. Molina, "Texas Citrus Market Promotion," Revision of the Texas Citrus Handbook, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, December, 1994. Robinson, John R.C., Kelley J. Bryant and Merritt J. Taylor, "The Impact of Groundwater Protection Policies on regional Cotton Acreage," Presented at the 1995 Cotton Economics and Marketing Conference, January 4-7, 1995, San Antonio, Texas. Published in the 1995 Proceedings of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, National Cotton Council, January, 1995. Robinson, John R.C., Merritt J. Taylor, M. G. Rojas, J. M. Morales-Rojas, and E. G. King, "Economic Potential of Augmentative Releases of Boll Weevil Parasites Reared on Artificial Diet," 1995 Proceedings of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, National Cotton Council, January 7, 1995. Merritt J. Taylor, John R.C. Robinson, M. Guadalupe Rojas, Juan Morales-Ramos, and Edgar G. King, "Economic and Environmental Impacts From Integrating Insecticides and Parasite Releases For Effective Control of Cotton Insect Pests", Presented at the Annual American Farm Bureau Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, January 9-10, 1995 Robinson, John R.C., Merritt J. Taylor, and Edgar G. King, "Augmenting Biological Control Inputs For Integrated Pest Management of Primary and Secondary Pests: A Case Study," Selected paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, New Orleans, La, January 29 - February 1, 1995. Taylor, Merritt J., "Texas Citrus, Grapefruit Orchard Establishment Costs (Years 1-3)", Revision of the Texas Citrus Handbook, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, February, 1995. Taylor, Merritt J., "Texas Citrus, Young Grapefruit Orchard Production Costs and Returns (Years 4 to 7)", Revision of the Texas Citrus Handbook, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, February, 1995. Taylor, Merritt J., "Texas Citrus, Mature Grapefruit Orchard Production Costs and Returns (Years 8 to 10)", Revision of the Texas Citrus Handbook, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, February, 1995. Lacewell, Ronald D., Amy Purvis, Roger Freeman, Jerry Kazda, David Petit, Anil Ruspasinghe, John Shepperd, Merritt Taylor, "Estimated South Main Channel Agricultural Benefits Attributable To Drainage Control In Hidalgo, Willacy Counties, Texas", Final report prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Temple and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, May 1 1995. Rosson, C. Parr III, Amy Purvis, E. Berry Summerour II, Lonnie L. Jones, Ronald D. Lacewell, Teofilo Ozuna Jr., Allen J. Wyse, Merritt J. Taylor, Sharif M. Masud, "Agricultural Trade And The Environment: Potential Impacts On The Lower Rio Grande Valley Of Texas," Environmental Affairs Team Report 95-2, Project Completion Report Merritt J. Taylor 13
  • 14. Prepared For Office Of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M Agricultural Program, June 1, 1995. Norman, John W. Jr., Steve D. Livingston, John E. Bremer, Alton N. Sparks, Tom Isakeit, Merritt Taylor, et al., “Lower Rio Grande Valley Cotton Blue Book 1995, A Compilation of Variety Test and Demonstration Results and Various Other Demonstrations and Tests In Cotton”, Regional Report 500-95, The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating, December, 1995. Taylor, Merritt J., " History of Sugarcane in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas", Chapter in Annual Report of Rio Farms Inc., (a private research foundation), February, 1996. Robinson, John R. C., Merritt J. Taylor, "Economic Case Studies of Whitefly Management", Chapter in Bemesia 1995: Taxonomy, Biology, Damage, Control and Management, Edited by D. Gerling and R.T. Mayer, USDA Publication ISBN: 1 898298 33 5, 1996. Taylor, Merritt J., “NAFTA and How It Effects You”, Proceedings of the 16 th Annual Oklahoma Horticulture Industries Show, 207 - 209, January, 1997. Roberts, Warren, Jim Duthie, Jonathan Edelson, Jim Shrefler, Merritt Taylor, “Relationship Between Watermelon Foliage and Fruit”, Proceedings of the 17th Annual Horticulture Industries Show, 229-234, January, 9-10, 1998. Taylor, Merritt J., Don C. Vacek, and Tadeusz J. Poprowski, “Economic Evaluation of a Biological Control Method Against the Colorado Potato Beetle”, Poster presented at the Annual ESA Meetings, Las Vegas, Nevada, November, 1998. Shrefler, J.W. Roberts, B.W. Edelson, J.V. Duthie, J.A. Taylor, M.J. “Assessment of currently available and potential tools for controlling weeds in watermelon”. SOURCE: Proceedings, Southern Weed Science Society. 1998. v. 51 p. 93. Roberts, W., M. Bienacki, J. Duthie, M. Taylor and J. V. Edelson, “Vegetable Yields with Poultry Litter: Application and Implications”. Proc. OK/ARK Hort. Ind. Show. 1999 Roberts, W., Maciej Biernacki, Benny Bruton, Jim Duthie, Jonathan Edelson, Sam Pair, Jim Shrefler, Merritt Taylor, Penny Perkins-Veazie. “A Changing Watermelon Industry”. Proceedings of the OK/ARK Hort. Ind. Show, 1999. Taylor, Merritt J., “Pluses and Minuses of Two Agencies At The Same Location”, Presented as an invited paper at the National Meetings of the National Research Center Administrators Society Meetings, SAAS Meetings, Memphis, Tennessee, Feb, 1999. Roberts, Warren, Jim Duthie, Jonathan Edelson, Jim Shrefler, Maciej Biernacki, Merritt Taylor, “Watermelon Germination Responses to Temperature and Cultivar”. Merritt J. Taylor 14
  • 15. HortScience 34:827, 1999. Roberts, BW, J. Shrefler, J. Duthie, J. Edelson, M. Taylor, "Weed Control Mechanisms in Multi-Cropped Forages and Watermelon", Proceedings of the Bi-State Horticultural Industry Show, Tulsa, OK, Jan, 2000 Taylor, Merritt J., “Labor Issues in 2000”, Proceedings of the Bi-State Horticulture Industry Show, Tulsa, OK, January, 2000. Roberts, Warren, J. Edelson, J. Duthie, J. Shrefler, M. Taylor, M. Biernacki, “Conservation Tillage for Vegetables”, Proceedings of the Bi-State Horticulture Industry Show, Tulsa, OK, January, 2000. Biernacki, M., W. Roberts, J. Shrefler, J, Duthie, J. Edelson and M. Taylor. “Effects of Weed Density and Distance on Watermelon Growth and Development”. Proc South. Weed Sci. Soc. January, 2000. Tulsa, OK. Biernacki, M., W. Roberts, J. Shrefler, J, Duthie, J. Edelson and M. Taylor. “Water Use by Watermelon and Selected Weeds”, Proc South. Weed Sci. Soc. January 2000. Tulsa, OK. Taylor, Merritt J., "Economic Importance of Alternative Fiber Development in Oklahoma", Proceedings of the International Kenaf Association Meetings, Oklahoma City, OK, Feb, 2000. Taylor, Merritt J., "U.S. Agriculture, Agribusiness and American Accounting Principles", Teaching Materials for Introductory Course in Agricultural Business Management for the former Soviet Country, the Kyrgyz Republic, March , 2001. Taylor, Merritt J., J.V. Edelson, “Bugs and $”, Statewide Watermelon Meeting, Chickasha, OK, Dec 2001 Taylor, Merritt J., J. Schatzer, and J. Motes, Chapters 2 and 3, Appendix Tables 1A – 1L, of Cucurbit Integrated Crop Management Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Publication E-853, P. Bolin and L. Brandenberger – Editors, January, 2002. Roberts, Warren, J. M. Biernacki, J. Duthie, J. Edelson, M. Taylor, W. Lu, “Watermelon Survey Findings for Oklahoma”, Proceedings of the Bi-State Horticultural Industry Show, Tulsa, OK, pp 160-161, Jan, 2002. Taylor, Merritt J., J. V. Edelson, B.W. Roberts, J. Duthie, M. Biernacki, “Pest Control: Economic Effect on Profit”, Joint meetings of Southwest Branch of Entomology Society of America with the Mexican National Entomological Society, Guanajuato, Mexico, Feb., 2002 Roberts, W., J. V. Edelson, M. Biernacki and M. Taylor. 2002. “Uniformity in watermelon cultivar trials”, HortScience, Vol 37 (5): Pp 752-753, Aug, 2002. Merritt J. Taylor 15
  • 16. Dogramaci, Mahmut, Wenhau Lu, James W. Shrefler, James Duthie, Warren Roberts, Merritt J. Taylor, Jonathan V. Edelson, “Occurrence, Abundance, and Distribution of Watermelon Arthropod Pests in Oklahoma from Extensive and Intensive Surveys”, ESA National Meetings, Florida, November, 2002. Lu, W., M. Biernacki, J. Duthie, W. Roberts, M. Taylor, and J.V. Edelson, “Characteristics of Planting and Cultivar Selection in Oklahoma Watermelon Production”. Cucurbit Genetic Cooperative Report # 25:25-27, 2002. (http://www.umresearch.umd.edu/CGC/2002toc.htm) Lu, W., M. Biernacki, J. Duthie, W. Roberts, M. Taylor, and J. V. Edelson. 2002a “Characteristics of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) fields and production in Oklahoma”. In D. N. Maynard (ed.), Cucurbitaceae 2002, pp. 386-392. ASHS Press, Naple, FL. Taylor, Merritt J., Jeffery Brant, “Trends in World Cucubitaceae Production, 1991 to 2001”, Oral presentation and proceedings of International Cucurbitaceae, In D. N. Maynard (ed.), Cucurbitaceae 2002, pp. 373-379. ASHS Press, Naples, FL. Shrefler, J., J. Duthie, J. Edelson, W. Roberts, M. Taylor, and M. Dogramaci. 2002. “Foliar Disease Management Alternatives for Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)”. In D. N. Maynard (ed.), Cucurbitaceae 2002, pp. 252-258. ASHS Press, Naple, FL. Taylor, Merritt J., Wenhua Lu, James A. Duthie, B. Warren Roberts, Jonathan V. Edelson. 2003. “Effects of High and Low Management Intensity on Profitability for Three Watermelon Genotypes”. Proceedings of Southern Agricultural Economics Association, invited papers, SAAS, Mobile, AL February, 2003 Roberts, Warren, Benny Bruton, Jonathan Edelson, Jim Shrefler, Merritt Taylor, “Watermelon Stand Establishment and Disease Control”, Poster at American Horticultural Science Annual Meeting, SAAS, Mobile AL, February 2003. Taylor, Merritt, Jeff Brant, B. Warren Roberts, James Duthie, Jonathan Edelson, “Trends in World Watermelon Production 1991-2001”, Presentation to National Watermelon Working Group, SAAS, Mobile AL, February, 2003. Lu, W., J. A. Duthie, B. W. Roberts, M. J. Taylor, and J. V. Edelson. 2003c. “Partial Budget Analysis of Effects of Crop Management Intensity on Profitability of Three Watermelon Cultivars”. Journal of Vegetable Crop Production 9(1):pp 49-71, 2003. Lu, W., B. W. Roberts, J. A. Duthie, J. W. Shrefler, M. J. Taylor, and J. V. Edelson. 2003b. “Characteristics and Geographic Variation of Watermelon (citrullus lanatus) Production in Oklahoma from a Statewide Survey”. Journal of Vegetable Crop Production 9(1): pp. 33-48, 2004. Taylor, Merritt J., John R.C. Robinson, “Risk Management for Investment in Vegetables”, Proceedings of Oklahoma-Arkansas Horticulture Industry Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma, January, 2004. Merritt J. Taylor 16
  • 17. Wathen, Bradley L., Rodney Holcomb, Merritt J. Taylor, James Shrefler, “Evaluating Various Marketing Options for Oklahoma Candy Onions”, Proceedings of Oklahoma- Arkansas Horticulture Industry Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma, January, 2004. Roberts, Warren, Jonathan Edelson, Merritt Taylor, Jim Shrefler, “Certified National Organic Program”, Proceedings of Oklahoma-Arkansas Horticulture Industry Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma, January, 2004. Roberts, Warren, Jonathan Edelson, Jim Shrefler, Merritt Taylor, “Cover Crop Thickness & Distance for Wind Control”, Proceedings of Oklahoma-Arkansas Horticulture Industry Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma, January, 2004. (in press) Taylor, Merritt J., John R.C. Robinson, “Spreading Risk in Vegetable Production”, Hydro Regional Vegetable Meeting, Hydro, OK January 2004. Taylor, Merritt J., John R.C. Robinson, “Risk Management for Small Farmers”, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Market Development Program, Oklahoma City, March, 2004. Roberts, Warren, Jonathan Edelson, Jim Shrefler, Merritt Taylor, “Long-Term Soil Changes as Affected by Poultry Litter Applications”, Proceedings of the Southern Region- ASHS, Tulsa, OK, February, 2004, HortScience (In Press). 2004 Roberts, W., J. V. Edelson, M. Biernacki, and M. Taylor. “Uniformity in Cultivar Trials, 2002”. HortScience. 2004. Dogramaci, Mahmut., Wenhua. Lu, B. Warren Roberts, Jim W. Shrefler, Mark Payton, Merritt J. Taylor, and J. V. Edelson. “Occurrence and Abundance of Watermelon (citrullus lanatus) Arthropod Pests in Oklahoma”. Southwestern Entomologist, Vol. 29, No 2, June, 2004. Lu, Wenhua, Merritt J. Taylor, B. Warren Roberts, Carla Goad, J.V. Edelson, “Watermelon Yield and Factors Associated with Arthropod Pest Abundance in a 2-Year Survey of Production Areas”, Poster presentation at the International Entomological Society (ICE2004) meetings in Brisbane, Australia, August, 2004. Taylor, Merritt J., “Risk Management for Small Agricultural Producers”, Primer Foro Internacional, Permacultura Y Ganaderia Intensivo, Univerisdad Autónomo de Chihuahua, des Agropecuaria Facultad de Zootecnica, Chihuahua, Mexico, September 28-30, 2004. Taylor, Merritt J., “Marketing Options and Implications for Fruits and Vegetables”, Primer Foro Internacional, Permacultura Y Ganaderia Intensivo, Univerisdad Autónomo de Chihuahua, des Agropecuaria Facultad de Zootecnica, Chihuahua, Mexico, September 28-30, 2004. Wathen, Bradley, Rodney Holcomb, Merritt Taylor, John R.C. Robinson, “Oklahoma Candy Onion Production: Projected Income, Price Risk and Yield Risk”, Oklahoma State Merritt J. Taylor 17
  • 18. University, Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center, Food Technology Research Report, P-1005, October, 2004. Roberts, Warren, Merritt Taylor, Jim Shrefler, Jonathan Edelson, Vince Russo, Chuck Webber, Benny Bruton, Sam Pair, “Regulations and Procedures of the Certified National Organic Program”, Proceedings of the Bi-State Horticultural Industry Show, Ft Smith, AR, January, 2005. Roberts, Warren, Merritt Taylor, Jonathan Edelson, Jim Shrefler, Vince Russo, Benny Bruton, Sam Pair, Chuck Webber, “Investigations in Organic Production in Oklahoma”, Proceedings of the Bi-State Horticultural Industry Show, Ft Smith, AR, January, 2005. Shrefler, J., J. Damicone, J. Edelson, W. Roberts, M. Taylor, S. Pair, “Melon Pest Manager – Challenges of a New Information Resource”, SRASHS Vegetable Section presentation, SAAS Meetings, Little Rock, AR, Feb, 2005. Roberts, Warren, Wayne Fish, Benny Bruton, Tom Popham, Merritt Taylor, “Effects of Watermelon Grafting on Fruit Yield and Quality”, National Watermelon Workers Section, SAAS Meetings, Little Rock, AR, Feb., 2005 Roberts, Warren, Jonathan Edelson, Benny Bruton, Jim Shrefler, Merritt Taylor, “Organic Tomato Production in Oklahoma”, SRASHS Vegetable Section presentation, SAAS Meetings, Little Rock, AR, Feb, 2005. Lu, Wenhua, W. Roberts, M. Taylor, J. Edelson, C. Goad, W. Ward, S. Chae, “Production Systems and Association of Management Factors Affecting Productivity of Watermelon”, Journal of Vegetable Science, Volume 11(3), 2005 (in Press). Roberts, Warren, Benny Bruton, Wayne Fish, Merritt Taylor, “Grafting Can Improve Watermelon Quality”, Lane Agricultural Center, Oklahoma State University & USDA/ARS, June, 2005. Web Page Development J.W. Shrefler, J. Edelson, M. Taylor, W. Roberts. 1998. World Wide Watermelon Page @ www.lane-ag.org . Merritt J. Taylor 18