Texas Master Naturalist program seeks applicants

    Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Mary Pearl Meuth, 979-845-7294, mpmeuth@tamu.edu   AUSTIN — An official with the Texas Master Naturalist Program urged those interested in learning about natural resources and conservation management to mark their calendars now for upcoming training opportunities around the state.   Mary Pearl Meuth, the Master Naturalist Program’s […]

Expert: Texas agriculture to benefit from normalized U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, 979-845-2116, prosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Efforts to normalize U.S. and Cuba diplomatic relations will have potential positive implications for Texas agriculture, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Parr Rosson, who heads the agricultural economics department at Texas A&M University in College Station, […]

Earth-Kind landscape shortcourse set for Jan. 21-23 in College Station

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Mengmeng Gu, 979-845-8567, mgu@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Professionals who manage and maintain urban green spaces are encouraged to attend the Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course Jan. 21-23 in College Station, according to organizer Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture specialist. The event will be at the […]

Texas Water Journal to moderate forum Jan. 20 in San Marcos

SAN MARCOS — The Texas Water Journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal about Texas water issues, will present its third Texas Water Journal Forum, “The History of the Edwards Aquifer Dispute: A View from the Trenches,” Jan. 20 in San Marcos. The journal is published jointly by The Texas Water Journal, a nonprofit organization, and the […]

Geographic information systems training course set for Jan. 20-21 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION–The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course Jan. 20-21 in College Station. The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources The geographic information systems course will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days in Room 200 of the institute, located at 1500 Research Parkway […]

Ibuprofen use leads to extended lifespan in several species, study shows

COLLEGE STATION — A common over-the-counter drug that tackles pain and fever may also hold keys to a longer, healthier life, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species, according to research published in the journal Public Library of Science-Genetics. “We first used baker’s yeast, […]

Easy, affordable cover extends growing season in home gardens

COLLEGE STATION — A technique used by commercial growers to protect tender crops from harmful cold temperatures may be an affordable option for home growers as well, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service vegetable specialist. “I’ve been working with strawberry producers, and we’ve found that using plastic covers to form small […]

Long-term ranching outlook to highlight Jan. 14-15 Southwest Beef Symposium in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Big-picture emerging issues in the beef and ranching industries will be addressed at the Southwest Beef Symposium, jointly hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. This year’s conference, themed “Looking to the Future,” […]