AgriLife Extension seeks to make Texans ‘disaster aware’ as part of national efforts

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is supporting National Preparedness Month efforts by asking Texans to ready their families, businesses and communities for a disaster or emergency, said an AgriLife Extension family development and resource specialist in College Station. “AgriLife Extension is focusing even greater attention on disaster preparedness during September, as […]

Backyard Basics Workshop Sept. 13 in Austin will focus on homegrown, homemade foods

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Travis County Master Gardeners will present the Backyard Basics Workshop from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Austin Community College south campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane in Austin. “The public is invited to this event that will feature hands-on instruction and presentations by AgriLife […]

4-H and Biggest Loser star call attention to healthy youth lifestyles

Trek across Panhandle to include four stops Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Shawnte Clawson, 806-677-5600, sfclawson@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Area 4-H’ers will join NBC’s Biggest Loser season 14 finalist Joe Ostaszewski this summer on his “Riding It Forward” cross-country bike tour to raise awareness for healthy living across America. Ostaszewski, a former Florida State University […]

New AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent hired for Armstrong County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Billie Peden, 806-226-3021, billie.peden@ag.tamu.edu CLAUDE – Billie Peden has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer science agent for Armstrong County, effective Aug. 18, according to Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo. “We are very excited to have Billie join the […]

New mosquito-borne viral disease found in South Central Texas

AgriLife Extension entomologists: Avoidance, exclusion, repellents best practical defense SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, has been identified in five Texas counties — four of them in South Central Texas — and may become endemic to the state, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. As far as the […]

AgriLife Research putting designer potatoes on the menu to boost consumption

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Creighton Miller, 979-845-3828, cmiller@ag.tamu.edu SPRINGLAKE – A decline in overall potato consumption has Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeders working on “designer” spuds that meet the time constraints and unique tastes of a younger generation. Dr. Creighton Miller, AgriLife Research potato breeder from College Station, recently conducted the Texas […]

Dinner Tonight! gets cooking with quick, economical, healthful recipes

AgriLife Extension healthy cooking school in San Antonio will offer fun and healthful food SAN ANTONIO — A Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School will be presented from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. The school is being presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Better Living for Texans program, others offer nutrition, food preparation classes

SAN ANTONIO – Low-income or limited-resource individuals and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients in Bexar County can schedule free nutrition and food preparation classes within their communities, said a representative of the Better Living for Texans program. Better Living for Texans is a free program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas […]

Urban food desert pilot project an ‘oasis’ for at-risk youth

AgriLife Extension-led project involves teens in horticulture, health, nutrition, more SAN ANTONIO – An urban food desert pilot project in the nation’s seventh-largest city is teaching young people how to create a food “oasis” in their community, while learning important life skills, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “An urban food desert is an […]