Kathleen Phillips has been covering agriculture in Texas since 1978. She has a bachelor's and an master's in agriculture journalism from Texas Tech University.

What does sexy, food, world travel and super career bring to mind? Agriculture, of course

COLLEGE STATION — For something that engages all the senses, this should be abundantly clear: food and all things associated with it is, in a word, sexy. Yes, sexy as in exciting and appealing. Seriously. Whether one grows it, markets it or eats it, food is a hot commodity that’s only going to get hotter. […]

Backyard poultry seminar set March 28 in Alice

ALICE — Because raising poultry around homes has become more popular in recent years, a seminar will be offered March 28 at the Women’s Building at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds in Alice, according to Rogelio Mercado, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Jim Wells County agent. “Both rural and urban residents enjoy raising poultry for […]

Texas Citizen Planner Foundations Course to begin Feb. 22

HOUSTON — The Texas Citizen Planner program has planned a six-class Foundations Course to help local elected and appointed officials learn ways to address issues facing their communities, organizers said.   Registration for the classes, which will be 6-8:30 p.m. weekly beginning Feb. 22, may be completed at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Citizen. The fee is $199 through Feb. […]

Coastal Bend Landscape Conference set Feb. 23 in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI — Springtime is approaching quickly, and a meeting has been set up to help landscape and garden professionals and enthusiasts learn some helpful tips and techniques, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service official said. The Coastal Bend Landscape Conference will be 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Feb. 23 at the Del Mar Development Center, 3209 […]

AgriLife Research study finds new target for controlling cell division

COLLEGE STATION — Modern genome sequencing methods used to measure the efficiency of synthesis of individual protein during cell division has found that the enzymes that make lipids and membranes were synthesized at much greater efficiency when a cell is ready to split. That is a conclusion of collaborative research published this month in the […]

Career change: Rocket scientist finds agriculture more out of this world than space

COLLEGE STATION – Rikin Gandhi put his sights on outer space as a little boy growing up in New Jersey. He chased that dream earning degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.         Next came a pilot license. But while waiting for acceptance to […]

Tedeschi, Tomberlin earn Faculty Fellow distinction at Texas A&M AgriLife conference

COLLEGE STATION – Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists were named Faculty Fellow during the 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station.         The Faculty Fellow title given to Dr. Luis Tedeschi and Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin are permanent and become a part of the individual’s title. AgriLife Research established the Faculty Fellows Program in […]