New mosquito-borne viral disease found in South Central Texas

AgriLife Extension entomologists: Avoidance, exclusion, repellents best practical defense SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, has been identified in five Texas counties — four of them in South Central Texas — and may become endemic to the state, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. As far as the […]

Media Advisory: 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 4-6

Media Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 4-6 on the campus of Texas A&M University. Multiple sessions throughout the three-day event will focus on beef cattle production, management, market outlook and the future of the industry. During the general session scheduled for […]

Searcy elected to Texas Plant Protection Association board

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Stephen Searcy, 979-845-3931, s-searcy@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Stephen Searcy, head of the department of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected to the Texas Plant Protection Association board of directors. “We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Searcy join our group of outstanding […]

Study: Economic challenges persist for cattle producers looking to expand herds

High cattle prices, availability of replacement cows persist Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas cattle producers looking to restock herds may choose to examine all options as financial dynamics have changed due to historic high cattle prices, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. A recent Financial and Risk Management Assistance […]

Prevention, management tips offered for citrus disease found in Harris County

HOUSTON — Owners of citrus trees in Harris County should be on the lookout for carriers and symptoms of a disease recently discovered there, experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service said. Citrus greening was confirmed in a tree at a retail nursery south of Houston on July 16. The disease, which is spread […]

Record cattle prices create opportunities to increase profit margins

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course to outline strategies, management for producers Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Record cattle prices are creating opportunities for producers to increase revenue and several of these strategies will be discussed at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled […]

Texas A&M Financial Planning Program receives $25,000 TD Ameritrade Institutional grant

Writer: Blair Fannin 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Gene Nelson, 979-862-2527, nelsong@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Financial Planning program in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University has received a $25,000 grant from TD Ameritrade Institutional. The announcement was made Monday at the New York Stock Exchange. Faculty member Nathan Harness and Mariel Braun, […]

Miller elected to Texas Plant Protection Association Board of Directors

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Travis Miller, 979-845-7907, td-miller@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Travis Miller, interim associate director for state operations with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has been elected to the board of directors for the Texas Plant Protection Association. “We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Miller join our group […]

Texas well-owner training set for Aug. 2 in Brazoria

BRAZORIA — Anyone interested in private water well management in the lower San Bernard River watershed is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network workshop Aug. 2 in Brazoria. The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Friends of River Community Center, 20450 County Road  […]

South Texas study results show Brahman, crossbred influence receive higher premiums

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Levi Russell, 361-265-9203, lrussell@tamu.edu CORPUS CHRISTI – Data from a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service South Texas study shows Brahman and British crossbred cattle add significant value to breeding stock in South Texas and performed best in terms of sale price. “The research here shows the value of […]