Proposed mergers by biotechnology firms could result in cotton seed price surge

Consumers would pay more for food and fiber Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Henry Bryant, 979-845-2116, h-bryant@tamu.edu Dr. Aleksandre Maisashvili, 979-845-2116, amaisashvili@email.tamu.edu Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-845-5913, joutlaw@tamu.edu Dr. James Richardson, 979-845-5913, jwrichardson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Proposed mergers by the world’s leading biotechnology firms would result in steep price increases farmers pay for cotton […]

Master Beekeeper program continues with fall testing Nov. 3 in Belton

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Mary Reed, 979-845-9713 or by email at mary.reed@tamu.edu BELTON — The Texas Master Beekeepers certification program’s fall test is open for apprentice and advanced level testing Nov. 3 in Belton, according to Texas Master Beekeeping Board member Mary Reed. The exam will be held at the Bell County Expo […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 20, 2016

Wildlife populations looking good for most of the state Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. James Cathey, 979-845-7370, jccathey@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Wildlife populations around the state appear in good shape after mid-August rains created good conditions going into fall and winter, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. James Cathey, […]

Weaning calves before auction reduces stress and could increase profits

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@tamu.edu OVERTON –  Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton. Dr. Jason Banta said weaning […]

More than 7,700 Texas jobs estimated to be added from expanded produce importation

COLLEGE STATION – Potential economic expansion of U.S. produce imports from Mexico could lead to an estimated 7,700 Texas jobs and an economic impact of $815.2 million to the Lone Star State. Economists with the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University in College Station conducted a study on the economic impacts of […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Sept. 13

One of the wettest Augusts on record has water supplies and fall forages looking good COLLEGE STATION – Near-record August rains brought most of Texas out of drought conditions and improved water availability and soil moisture indexes, said weather and water experts. Dr. Kevin Wagner, deputy director of engagement at the Texas Water Resources Institute, […]

East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues Oct. 8 in Tyler

  TYLER — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Smith County will continue its 2016 East Texas Garden Lecture Series Oct. 8 with a program on bulbs for southern climates and companion plants. A bulb, shrub and tree sale will follow the lecture. Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, Virginia, will […]

CenTex Beef Cattle Symposium set for Sept. 30 in Groesbeck

GROESBECK – The 9th Annual CenTex Beef Cattle Symposium will be held Sept. 30 at the Groesbeck Convention Center, 106 E. Navasota St. in Groesbeck. The event is hosted by beef and forage committees from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Limestone and McLennan counties. Registration is […]

Protecting vaccines from heat, cold and sunlight helps protect livestock

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Ranchers should be aware that heat, cold and sunlight can affect the efficacy of vaccines during storage or handling, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension expert. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef specialist, Overton, recommends producers visit with a local large-animal veterinarian […]

Cotton, grain outlook update discussed at Texas A&M tailgate event

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – International influences on cotton and grain markets were featured in seminar presentations at the recent Texas A&M University department of agricultural economics tailgate event prior to the Texas A&M-UCLA football game. The presentations were held at the AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M campus in College Station. […]