SAN ANGELO - Dr. Allan McGinty, professor and rangeland specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at San Angelo, retired Aug. 31 after 31 years of service.
McGinty is known throughout the Southwest for his work related to rangeland weed and brush control. He developed the Brush Busters program with Dr. Darrell Ueckert, Texas AgriLife Research range researcher emeritus at San Angelo. Brush Busters evolved when the men realized landowners needed a simple, effective noxious plant control system that would not harm nearby desirable species. It was originally designed to control mesquite, but McGinty said it quickly expanded to include most of Texas’ worst rangeland pests. Since its inception, Brush Busters has been used on millions of acres of rangeland in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and in areas of several foreign countries.
For many years McGinty has provided leadership to the Texas A&M Rangeland Herbicide Use Committee which formulates the Texas herbicide recommendations for rangeland weed and brush control used by AgriLife Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has obtained more than $1 million in grants, primarily to support the development of new rangeland weed and brush control recommendations.
McGinty has been the AgriLife Extension range specialist in San Angelo since 1994 and prior to that served 15 years in a similar position at Fort Stockton. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture/soil science from Texas State University at San Marcos in 1974, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in rangeland ecology and management from Texas A&M University in 1976 and 1979, respectively.
McGinty has written almost 60 AgriLife Extension publications, numerous professional papers, symposium proceedings, books and popular articles. He also has been the subject of more than 200 media interviews, and more than 30,000 landowners have attended educational programs he conducted throughout Texas.
He has received 20 awards for his work in range ecology and management. Most recently, he was named the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association Man of the Year for 2010 and was presented the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association Special Recognition Award.
McGinty holds memberships and has held many offices and advisory positions in the Texas Section Society for Range Management, Texas Native Lands Alliance and the International Society for Range Management. He has also served as adjunct faculty, mentoring graduates students, for Angelo State University at San Angelo, Texas State University at San Marcos and Sul Ross University at Alpine.
After his AgriLife Extension retirement, McGinty said he plans to continue his ranch consulting efforts to help ranchers install rangeland health monitoring systems and serve as a research consultant to DuPont Chemical Company to assist them in developing new rangeland herbicide control technologies.