Organic farmers to share info with beginning farmers, home gardeners

SEGUIN — Home gardeners and beginning farmers who want to learn techniques for organic and sustainable production are encouraged to attend a workshop Aug. 11 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2801 Jay Road, Seguin. The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The $95 per person registration fee includes lunch. Reservations should be emailed to […]

New AgriLife Extension agent named in Oldham County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Chelsey Eicke, 806-267-2692, Chelsey.tillman@ag.tamu.edu VEGA – Chelsey Eicke may have deep roots planted in agriculture, but her heart is with   another part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s educational outreach. Eicke has been hired as the new family and consumer sciences agent for Oldham County. She began July […]

Acuff appointed to national advisory committee

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Gary Acuff, director of the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety in College Station, has been appointed as a new member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. The appointment was made recently by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The national committee provides […]

Summer meals program makes good neighbors in Edinburg

EDINBURG  —  Kids and their parents make her office building come alive every Monday and Friday morning. That’s just one of the many benefits Melissa DeLeon cites about a new program collaboration she and others initiated this year to feed local children. Twice a week, about 30 neighborhood kids come in with their parents for […]

Food Preservation class set for June 18 in Haskell

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: DaLinda Black, 940-864-2546, DaLinda.Black@ag.tamu.edu HASKELL – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Haskell County will host a Food Preservation Class on June 18. The program will be from 4-7 p.m. in the Haskell High School FCS Building, 601 N. Ave. D. DaLinda Black, AgriLife Extension family and consumer […]

AgriLife Research engineer develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype

Eventually, chip-based device should detect pathogen within minutes Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. “We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria […]

Trash talk challenges Texas A&M agriculture faculty to find ways to stop global food waste

COLLEGE STATION — Agriculture faculty at Texas A&M University are talking trash — as in too much food ends up there. Now they are vowing to team up and figure out how to reduce global food waste by 5 percent over the next decade, according to Dr. Steve Searcy, the group’s facilitator and head of […]

‘Basics of Homemade Wine’ program on tap for May 29

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: David Rodriguez, 210-467-6575, dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu HELOTES – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Backyard Basics series program will present “The Basics of Homemade Wine” from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 29 at the Gardens at Old Town Helotes, 15060 Antonio Drive in Helotes. “For years, AgriLife Extension horticulturists have taught home […]

HEB establishes endowment for Texas A&M department of agricultural economics

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, 979-845-2116, prosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – An endowment has been established by HEB in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University to provide fellowships for students pursuing graduate degrees and research in the economics of food supply chain management. A reception was held recently on […]

Military caregiving education will be focus of May 12 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Andy Crocker, 806-677-5600, abcrocker@ag.tamu.edu Rachel Brauner, 979-845-1553, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – “Promoting Knowledge Gain and Behavior Change Through Effective Education” will be the focus of the next military caregiving professional development webinar at 10 a.m. May 12. This is one of the monthly webinars offered through the Texas A&M AgriLife […]