Southwest Dairy Day to offer look at modern dairy Oct. 8 near Friona

Composting, irrigation, manure application demonstrations scheduled Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu Danny Nusser, 806-677-5600, d-nusser@tamu.edu FRIONA – The annual Southwest Dairy Day on Oct. 8 at the Del Rio Dairy near Friona will be hosted by the Gingg family and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Del Rio Dairy, […]

Texas producers find new oil fields — olive groves

GEORGETOWN —  Texas has been known for its oil production for almost 150 years. Now, a new oil industry is sprouting in what may bring producers cash and consumers a local, edible choice — olive oil. Olive trees, native to the Mediterranean region, have been documented on almost 800 acres in the state and many […]

4-H and Biggest Loser star call attention to healthy youth lifestyles

Trek across Panhandle to include four stops Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Shawnte Clawson, 806-677-5600, sfclawson@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Area 4-H’ers will join NBC’s Biggest Loser season 14 finalist Joe Ostaszewski this summer on his “Riding It Forward” cross-country bike tour to raise awareness for healthy living across America. Ostaszewski, a former Florida State University […]

New AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent hired for Armstrong County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Billie Peden, 806-226-3021, billie.peden@ag.tamu.edu CLAUDE – Billie Peden has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer science agent for Armstrong County, effective Aug. 18, according to Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo. “We are very excited to have Billie join the […]

AgriLife Research putting designer potatoes on the menu to boost consumption

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Creighton Miller, 979-845-3828, cmiller@ag.tamu.edu SPRINGLAKE – A decline in overall potato consumption has Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeders working on “designer” spuds that meet the time constraints and unique tastes of a younger generation. Dr. Creighton Miller, AgriLife Research potato breeder from College Station, recently conducted the Texas […]

Urban food desert pilot project an ‘oasis’ for at-risk youth

AgriLife Extension-led project involves teens in horticulture, health, nutrition, more SAN ANTONIO – An urban food desert pilot project in the nation’s seventh-largest city is teaching young people how to create a food “oasis” in their community, while learning important life skills, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “An urban food desert is an […]

‘Dinner Tonight!’ program focuses on healthful recipes, family mealtime

AgriLife Extension statewide initiative includes easy-to-make recipes, videos, cooking schools, more COLLEGE STATION — The idea of a family sitting down together for a meal may seem passé in today’s fast-paced, drive-through society, but a statewide initiative by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is helping families eat healthier — and be together –at mealtime. […]

AgriLife Extension experts: Family mealtimes help children’s health, grades

CORPUS CHRISTI — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel throughout South Texas will be touting the many benefits of sharing family mealtimes in the coming months, they say. “Between Sept. 21 and Sept. 27, 31 counties with AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences programs in the agency’s Southeast Region will host some type of educational […]

AgriLife Extension hires veteran family and consumer sciences agent for Hemphill County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tanya Holloway, 806-323-9114, Tanya.Holloway@ag.tamu.edu CANADIAN – After 25 years away from the position, Tanya Holloway has returned to Hemphill County as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer sciences agent. She began June 2, according to Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo. “We are very […]

Wheat breeders, Julie Borlaug speak out on wheat research, world hunger

Consensus: Technology acceptance must come before 9 billion people can be fed Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Julie Borlaug, 214-597-1009 CHILLICOTHE – Feeding 9 billion people by 2050 will require scientific and technological advances in the area of agriculture, and that might include tools that lack acceptance by the general public at this time, according […]