Tree care conference set for Feb. 24 in Grand Prairie

GRAND PRAIRIE – Commercial and municipal arborists who want to learn more about the evolution of tree care should attend the 2017 North Central Texas Urban Forestry Conference scheduled for Feb. 24 in Grand Prairie. The conference, which will highlight aspects of urban forestry and tree care, is a coordinated collaborative effort among the Texas […]

Closed-loop concept could be the future of sustainable animal farms

STEPHENVILLE – Dr. Eunsung Kan sees his concept of a closed-loop dairy farm, which reuses wastewater, emits zero waste and powers itself on manure, as the future of sustainable animal farming. Kan, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research chemical and environmental engineer in Stephenville, said his concept could change the way dairies, swine and poultry farms […]

Study examines social status in food purchasing habits

COLLEGE STATION – A recent study examining the reasons why consumers pay higher prices for certain foods — be it for fashion, social standing or to advance a healthier lifestyle — revealed food costs may be too high for some consumers. Dr. Marco Palma, Dr. David Anderson and Meghan Ness, all with the department of […]

Doctoral candidate Smith receives trio of awards

COLLEGE STATION — William “Brandon” Smith, a doctoral candidate in the Texas A&M University department of soil and crop sciences in College Station, is racking up awards as he approaches graduation. At the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Conference, Smith was awarded the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Research as well as […]

Four States Agricultural Expo set for Feb. 9 in Texarkana

TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS – The Four States Agricultural Exposition is scheduled from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Four States Fairgrounds, 3700 E. 50th St. in Texarkana, Arkansas. The exposition is a joint effort between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.  It is typically […]

Options discussed for farmers battling cotton root rot

WACO – Cotton root rot disease continues to be a major threat to Texas cotton, but there are options available to farmers to fend off potential threats or lessen the potential economic hardship, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist in College Station. Dr. Tom Isakeit gave an update on cotton root […]

Food handlers’ safety class set for Jan. 22 in Gilmer

GILMER – A Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers program will be offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Jan. 22 in Gilmer. Julie York, instructor and AgriLife Extension county coordinator/family and consumer sciences agent, Upshur County, noted the program date falls on a Sunday. The program is required for all […]

‘Flag the Technology’ helps farmers identify herbicide sensitive fields

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Plant Protection Association have collaborated on a Flag the Technology program that identifies crop fields sensitive to certain herbicides. With two new herbicide resistance technologies which will be widely used in cotton, corn and soybeans, program coordinators say it is critical farmers know […]

East Texas timber producers, landowners meeting Jan. 19 in Marshall

MARSHALL – Timber producers can learn about various programs available to and tax tips for rural landowners with timber interests during an event Jan. 19 in Marshall. The event will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Harrison County, 102 W. Houston St. from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open […]

Camp Brisket attracts legends of Texas barbecue

COLLEGE STATION – There was no shortage of beef nor legends of Texas barbecue at Camp Brisket held recently at Texas A&M University in College Station. Expert pitmasters from all over Texas gathered to teach backyard barbecue enthusiasts and restaurateurs how to better prepare Texas-style barbecue brisket. Because of the high demand, the event now […]