MSU hires new irrigation specialist

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Drew Gholson

Mississippi State University has hired Drew Gholson as an assistant professor and the irrigation specialist with the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center and the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer Water Center. He began his new job April 1 and replaces Jason Krutz, who was promoted to lead the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute.

Gholson earned his bachelor’s in rangeland ecology and management, master’s in water management and hydrological sciences and doctoral degree in soil science, all from Texas A&M University. During the past seven years, he provided leadership for the Texas Well Owner Network Program.

Gholson says the priority of the Mississippi water center is to save water for future generations. Specifically, he wants to help agricultural producers use water resources more efficiently.

As part of his outreach and research efforts, Gholson will develop and deliver educational programs that support Mississippi growers with their irrigation needs, improve irrigation application efficiency, encourage them to adopt best management practices and promote conservation.

“We will conduct research on water efficiency, and as an Extension specialist, I will promote the adoption of these practices,” Gholson says. “I hope to show producers that saving water also saves money and time while maintaining or increasing yields.”

Jeff Johnson, head of DRED, says Gholson brings valuable experience in groundwater issues and Extension methods from his work with Texas well owners.

“As our irrigation specialist, he will work with stakeholders, Extension agents and researchers to share information and educate through programs, workshops and demonstrations to improve the agricultural water use of the alluvial aquifer,” Johnson said.

To reach Gholson, call 662-390-8505 or email drew.gholson@msstate.edu.

Mississippi State University contributed this article.

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