Earth-Kind Landscape Design and Management School slated for Oct. 3-5 in Dallas

DALLAS – An Earth-Kind Landscape Design and Management School will be held Oct. 3-5 in Building E of the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. Extended, personalized design consultations will be given a few weeks after the program, said  Dr. Steve George, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service landscape specialist. George […]

Rural Entrepreneurship chair established at Texas A&M ag economics

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, 979-845-2116, prosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ed Rister has been named the inaugural holder of the M. Edward Rister ’74 Chair in Rural Entrepreneurship, according to Dr. Parr Rosson, head of the agricultural economics department at Texas A&M University. Rister is professor and associate head of […]

Master Marketer Program to begin in January in Amarillo

AgriLife Extension economist: Seats will fill fast, so register early Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600, samosson@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Agriculture producers must develop better marketing skills to improve their bottom line in times of greater market price volatility, and the Master Marketer Program is the place to get that training, said […]

U.S. Congressmen visit Texas A&M AgriLife’s front line of defense against invasive pests, diseases

Congressmen learn of research to save the nation’s citrus industry WESLACO  –  Two U.S. Congressmen learned firsthand recently the efforts Texas A&M AgriLife scientists are making in South Texas to keep invasive pests and diseases from threatening the country’s food supply, including one pair that threatens the future of the citrus industry. U.S. Rep. Filemon […]

Expert: Eagle Ford Shale boom will continue to fuel Texas rural communities

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,  b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Rebekka Dudensing, 979-845-1719, rmdudensing@tamu.edu Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-3845-3062, joutlaw@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Oil and gas drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale will continue to propel growth in rural Texas, but helping small businesses experience that same growth with a shortage of skilled labor will be a challenge, according […]

AgriLife Extension expert: Emergency kit, ‘Grab-and-Go’ box essentials for disaster preparation

COLLEGE STATION – To support National Preparedness Month efforts, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering tips for Texans to help ready for and recover from a disaster or emergency. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated September as National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is ‘Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare,’” […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 16, 2014

From too little rain, to too much rain, too early for South Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After prolonged drought, South Texas producers are now struggling with too much moisture, according to Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife communications specialist based in Weslaco. On Sept. 16, the rains were continuing without […]

Texas 4-H members get ready for National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11

Decade-long research study confirms 4-H provides individual, community benefits COLLEGE STATION — During National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11, local and county 4-H clubs and groups have the opportunity to showcase what they have gained from their membership at the local and county level, said Dr. Toby Lepley, assistant state 4-H leader – operations for the Texas […]

November meetings to address water quality in Mill Creek

BELLVILLE/BRENHAM – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are partnering with local landowners and citizens to protect and improve water quality in Mill Creek through the development of a watershed protection plan. The public is invited to attend one of two project kickoff meetings and join the […]

Sugarcane aphids confirmed on Southern High Plains

Floyd County find is region’s first   Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contacts: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576,  ctallen@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Pat Porter, 806-746-6101, p-porter@tamu.edu FLOYDADA — They’re hundreds of miles from the nearest sugarcane fields, nevertheless sugarcane aphids have now been positively identified in significant numbers on grain sorghum in Floyd County, said a Texas A&M AgriLife […]