Big data is coming to agriculture

BRYAN – Unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous tractors and other technologies will continue to emerge as producers meet world food needs in the near and distant future, according to experts. Those experts believe technology will continue to emerge and make possible giant leaps throughout the next decade as agriculture industries and producers work to meet world […]

International conference highlighted strength of Texas spinach industry

SAN ANTONIO – Texas’ billion-dollar spinach industry was the focus of the 2016 International Spinach Conference, which brought more than 80 people from various countries to San Antonio. The two-day conference, coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife  Extension Service, was attended by spinach growers and shippers, as well as others involved in the agricultural and […]

Verchot named resident director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Dallas

DALLAS – Dr. Jeanmarie Verchot has been named resident director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Dallas effective Dec. 1, according to Dr. Craig Nessler, Texas A&M AgriLife Research director in College Station.            Verchot was professor of entomology and plant pathology at Oklahoma State University.            “Dr. Verchot’s experience as a researcher as well […]

Flooded Harris County office of AgriLife Extension to reopen

HOUSTON – Flood waters flowed through the Houston area April 19, causing at least seven deaths and more than $5 billion in damages. The widespread toll included a state agency  that also serves as a help provider in such emergencies – the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Harris County.           “AgriLife Extension services are […]

Christmas craft sale and workshop set Dec. 3 in Edinburg

EDINBURG — Holiday shoppers on a budget should include a stop at the second annual Master Clothing Volunteers Arts and Crafts Sale and Workshop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3 in Edinburg, organizers said. “This is an excellent opportunity to buy handmade Christmas decorations at very reasonable prices or learn how to make your own and […]

Pest control, water quality among topics at continuing education meeting in Edna

EDNA – A five-hour continuing education event will be offered Dec. 8 at the Jackson County Services Building auditorium, 411 N. Wells, Edna. The event, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., is hosted by the Field Crops and Beef committees of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Jackson County office, according to Michael Hiller, AgriLife Extension agent. […]

Over 15,000 community service hours provided in Texas during One Day 4-H

COLLEGE STATION – Public service is a cornerstone of Texas 4-H and that was never more evident than during National 4-H week, which culminated with One Day 4-H, said Dr. Chris Boleman, statewide director of the 4-H Youth Development program, College Station. “One Day 4-H is a statewide community service initiative of Texas 4-H, which […]

Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for Dec. 1 in Paris

PARIS –The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a free workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Paris for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Sulphur River basin. The morning session will be at the Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate Dr. The […]

Navasota River watershed protection draft plan focus of next public meeting

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Water Resources Institute, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are hosting two public meetings Dec. 8 for anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone. Meeting times and locations are: […]

Don’t spoil the holidays by ignoring fire safety

COLLEGE STATION – While the holidays should be a time of joy, there are many potential fire hazards that could ruin them if people don’t take adequate precautions to protect themselves, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. They said some of the dangers include turkey fryers, Christmas lights, candles and even Christmas trees. “Serving […]