2016 to be celebrated as the International Year of Pulses

Black-eyed pea varieties improved in AgriLife Research breeding program Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. B.B. Singh, 979-845-3041, bsingh@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Everyone who ate their “good luck” black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day helped kick off the celebration of 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses,” according to a Texas A&M University visiting […]

‘Back to Basics: Medicare’ will be focus of Jan. 27 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Andy Crocker, 806-677-5600, abcrocker@ag.tamu.edu Rachel Brauner, 979-845-1553, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – “Back to Basics: Medicare,” part of the monthly military caregiving professional development webinar series offered through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Military Program, will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 27. The event is free and open to all […]

AgriLife Extension hires family, consumer sciences agent in Lipscomb County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Miquela Smith, 806-862-4601, miquela.smith@ag.tamu.edu LIPSCOMB – Miquela Smith has been hired to fill the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer sciences agent’s position for Lipscomb County, effective Jan. 4, according to Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo. “Miquela brings a host of practical experiences and […]

AgriLife Extension hires family, consumer sciences agent in Hansford County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Whitley Gammill, 806-659-4130, whitley.gammill@ag.tamu.edu SPEARMAN – Whitley Gammill of Roswell, New Mexico, has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer sciences agent in Hansford County, said Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo. Gammill earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural media and […]

Barbecue town hall meeting attracts owners, pitmasters to Texas A&M

Meat price outlook, carcass grading, cuts discussed Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Low corn prices are helping to produce more pounds of meat, whether it’s beef, pork or chicken, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. That’s good news for barbecue restaurant owners who […]

AgriLife Extension mental health team making a difference

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Lorrie Coop, 940-459-2651, ljcoop@ag.tamu.edu Dana Tarter, 940-552-9941, d-tarter@tamu.edu VERNON – Mental illness is a very significant public health issue for American children, according to one Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent who is part of a team trying to make a difference in the Rolling Plains area. “Studies show […]

Bug Banquet makes a unique culinary experience

‘Entomophagy’ not just a buggy idea among survivalists SAN ANTONIO – An Australian man made national news recently and was dubbed “Ant Man” after surviving for almost a week in the unforgiving outback by eating ants – something he had seen survival expert Bear Grylls do on television. While such a tale is unusual, entomophagy […]

Montemayor-Gonzalez is the new AgriLife Extension health specialist in Alice

ALICE  —  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has named Elaine Montemayor-Gonzalez the health specialist for the agency’s new Healthy South Texas Initiative, administrators say. Montemayor-Gonzalez is no stranger to AgriLife Extension; for the past two years she has served as family and consumer sciences agent for Jim Wells County and neighboring Duval and Kleberg […]

AgriLife Extension hires Burns as family and consumer sciences agent in Stephens County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Sumer Burns, 254-559-2313, Sumer.Burns@ag.tamu.edu BRECKENRIDGE – Sumer Burns began her new job as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer science agent for Stephens County on Oct. 19. Burns will be completing the agency’s First Step training program in Palo Pinto County for her first month of employment, […]

Symposium discusses stress in animals, plants and humans

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A symposium held recently at Texas A&M University in College Station examined the effects of stress on human, animal and plant health. The symposium was hosted by the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society. Dr. Ron Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, Overton, provided […]