I am a media relations specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Communications, serving both Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. I provide media support for various departments and programs, including agricultural economics, animal science, the Office of the State Chemist and bioenergy research.

Expert: Cattle producers have many options to weigh when considering restocking

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Stephen Hammack, 254-968-4144, shammack@ag.tamu.edu WACO – With the cattle market at all-time highs and drought having decimating herds across Texas, some might consider restocking, but are questioning if it’s the right time to buy. The answer: It depends, says one expert. Dr. Stephen Hammack, a Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Chapkin and Savell honored as university distinguished professors at Texas A&M University

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty among seven new honorees  Writers: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu  Paul Schattenberg,  210-467-6575, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Robert Chapkin, 979-845-4426, r-chapkin@tamu.edu Dr. Jeffrey Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Drs. Robert Chapkin and Jeffrey Savell, both faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in […]

Acuff elected Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Gary Acuff, director of the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety and a professor of food microbiology in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station, has been elected Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Acuff will be recognized May 20 […]

Alternative crops discussed at Blackland Income Growth Conference

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,  b-fannin@tamu.edu WACO – Farmers heard the latest in alternative cropping solutions at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco. Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state small grains and oilseed specialist in College Station, provided an extensive overview of several alternative crops that could help diversify a producer’s […]

New 2014 farm bill legislation discussed at Blackland Income Growth Conference

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu  WACO – It’s decision time for farmers under the new 2014 farm bill, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist who discussed details at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco. Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist in Stephenville, said farmers have a one-time irrevocable decision to […]

Livestock Judging Clinic scheduled for March 29 at Texas A&M

Contact: Brant Poe, 979-845-6059, brant_poe@tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – Texas 4-H and FFA youth and agricultural leaders interested in gaining livestock evaluation skills can attend a Livestock Judging Clinic scheduled March 29 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. and will be held at the Pearce Pavilion, located […]

Nationally awarded education program for farm/ranch women comes to Georgetown

April and May workshops to focus on risk management and planning Contact: Dr. Jason Johnson, 254-968-4144, jljohnson@tamu.edu Fred Hall, 512-943-3300, fmhall@ag.tamu.edu GEORGETOWN – Getting a grip on today’s agriculture business and becoming an effective farm partner and decision maker is the focus of Annie’s Project, a women’s workshop series, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Sigler elected president of Texas Quarter Horse Association

Contact: Dr. Dennis Sigler, 979-862-3595, dsigler@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Dennis Sigler, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horse specialist and professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, has been elected president of the Texas Quarter Horse Association. Sigler was elected at the association’s annual meeting held recently in College Station. According […]

Youth scholarships awarded at 2014 Blackland Income Growth Conference

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu WACO – Scholarships were recently awarded to outstanding 4-H members at the 2014 Blackland Income Growth Conference held at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. The scholarships were presented during the conference luncheon that featured Dr. Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service director, as the keynote speaker. Receiving $1,000 […]

Animal health experts meet at Texas A&M to discuss show animal health, emerging issues

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Tom Hairgrove, 458-3216, tbhairgrove@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Veterinarians and animal health representatives from across Texas recently gathered at Texas A&M University’s O.D. Butler Jr. Animal Science Complex in College Station to discuss issues involving show animals and exhibitors. The daylong event was sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife […]