Rural Entrepreneurship chair established at Texas A&M ag economics

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, 979-845-2116, prosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ed Rister has been named the inaugural holder of the M. Edward Rister ’74 Chair in Rural Entrepreneurship, according to Dr. Parr Rosson, head of the agricultural economics department at Texas A&M University. Rister is professor and associate head of […]

Expert: Eagle Ford Shale boom will continue to fuel Texas rural communities

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,  b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Rebekka Dudensing, 979-845-1719, rmdudensing@tamu.edu Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-3845-3062, joutlaw@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Oil and gas drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale will continue to propel growth in rural Texas, but helping small businesses experience that same growth with a shortage of skilled labor will be a challenge, according […]

November meetings to address water quality in Mill Creek

BELLVILLE/BRENHAM – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are partnering with local landowners and citizens to protect and improve water quality in Mill Creek through the development of a watershed protection plan. The public is invited to attend one of two project kickoff meetings and join the […]

Rebuilding the Beef Herd program set Sept. 25 at Camp Cooley Ranch

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Ed Schneider, 979-828-1112, robertson-tx@tamu.edu FRANKLIN – Brazos Valley cattle producers considering rebuilding cowherds will have a unique opportunity to hear a comprehensive economic analysis as well tips on developing a sound restocking plan Sept. 25 at Camp Cooley Ranch, according to organizers. The ranch is located at 4297 Camp […]

Memorial service scheduled for Texas A&M animal science professor killed in car accident

Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-845-1542, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Marcel Amstalden, associate professor of physiology of reproduction in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, died Sept. 3 from injuries sustained in a car accident. Amstalden, 44, was traveling near Hallettsville when the accident occurred. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10 from […]

Farm bill, rural community opportunities highlight ag economics A&M-Rice tailgate festivities Sept. 13

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu  COLLEGE STATION – An overview of the new farm bill, plus a presentation on economic opportunities for rural communities will highlight Texas A&M University department of agricultural economics football tailgate activities Sept. 13. The program and tailgate event will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center, 556 John Kimbrough […]

Center on Conflict and Development to showcase international documentary

Contact: Melanie Balinas, 979-458-9399,mbalinas@gmail.com COLLEGE STATION – “Virunga,” the internationally acclaimed film uncovering the deadly confrontation of natural resource extraction and community interests in one of Africa’s world heritage sites, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Palace Theater in Bryan. Coordinators said the event celebrates the designation by the Texas A&M […]

Texas cotton industry mourns the loss of Dr. Carl Anderson

Longtime Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist pioneered marketing clubs Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, 979-862-1563, prosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Carl Anderson, considered by his peers as Texas’ leading cotton marketing authority and one of the nation’s leading cotton analysts, passed away Aug. 30 at the age of 82. Anderson, […]

Cattle producers can add revenue through cost-effective calf management

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Mac Young, 361-265-9203, amyoung@ag.tamu.edu CORPUS CHRISTI – A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices. As […]

Ranchers weigh options on replacement heifers amid historic high prices

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, sbevers@ag.tamu.edu Editor’s note: This report has a video available at http://youtu.be/YBmgINs4Ayc  COLLEGE STATION – When it comes to replacement heifers in beef cattle operations, producers are faced with a dilemma: Raise them, buy them or sell them and “take the money and run,” said a Texas A&M […]