Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development. “For the first time in human history, food production will be limited on a global scale by the availability […]

‘Preserving the Harvest’ classes set for May in Panhandle

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Jeanene Montgomery, 806-537-3882, j-montgomery@tamu.edu PANHANDLE – A series of three “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation classes will be held during May by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at the War Memorial Building, 500 Main St., Panhandle. The classes will begin at 9 a.m. and end around noon each day. […]

Cottage food handler class set for April 23 in Canyon

Amended law opens new markets for home-based food businesses Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Jackie Farrell, 806-468-5543, jrfarrell@ag.tamu.edu CANYON – Home cooks wanting to sell their products can attend a “Food Handlers Cottage Foods Class” accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services on April 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Messy diapers help show nutrition needs for premature, full-term babies

COLLEGE STATION – A study that began with messy diapers is helping scientists understand how nutrition helps babies grow into healthy children, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research nutritionist.             Because scientists cannot physically examine the infant intestines, a team of U.S. researchers analyzed fecal samples from several groups of infants – from premature […]

Professional food manager certification training course set for April 14-15 in Dumas

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Sue Owens, 806-935-2593, csowens@ag.tamu.edu DUMAS – A Professional Food Manager Certification Training course will be offered April 14-15 at the Moore County Annex, Room 100, 310 East First Street in Dumas, by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Moore County. Cost is $125 and includes training, materials and […]

First ‘Texas Mosquito Management’ manual readies municipalities for spring mosquito onslaught

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576,ctallen@ag.tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – Professionals tasked with public health protection now have a new resource to help control disease-carrying mosquitoes thanks to a team of Texas entomologists. “The 66-page ‘Texas Mosquito Management’ manual is the first ever published on our state’s most notorious disease vector,” […]

Texas researcher: Peaches inhibit breast cancer metastasis in mice

COLLEGE STATION – Lab tests at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have shown that treatments with peach extract inhibit breast cancer metastasis in mice. AgriLife Research scientists say that the mixture of phenolic compounds present in the peach extract are responsible for the inhibition of metastasis, according to the study, which was this month published in […]

AgriLife Research study: Distinct geographical pattern in Texas’ Ogallala Aquifer water quality

Southern region has growing concern Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Srinivasulu Ale, 940-552-9941, sriniale@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Sriroop Chaudhuri, 940-552-9941, schaudhuri@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Salinity, a major threat to groundwater quality, continues to be a problem for domestic and shallow wells in the southern Ogallala Aquifer in Texas, according to a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research […]

AgriLife Extension offers ‘Cooking with Friends’ session April 1

Program: Prepare nutritious, quick meals while having fun with friends Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Jeanene Montgomery, 806-537-3882, j-montgomery@tamu.edu PANHANDLE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Carson County will offer a program to help organize preparation of five easy and nutritious main dishes in a single session. “Cooking with Friends” is a […]

Rats! Rodent populations proliferate in some parts of Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife experts offer information on rodent control BASTROP — While the presence of rats and mice is nothing new in homes, sheds, barns and other structures, some areas of Texas are experiencing greatly increased rodent activity, leading residents to ask for advice on how to control the furry varmints. Rachel Bauer, Texas A&M […]