Russian ban on U.S. agricultural products to affect Texas

Beef, poultry exports among Texas commodities Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Luis Ribera, 956-968-5581, COLLEGE STATION – Russia’s ban on U.S. agricultural products would be costly, especially to Texas, with the biggest impact to beef and poultry exporters, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. The proposed ban is in […]

AgriLife Extension engineer receives award for work in Iraq, Afghanistan

American engineering association cites Fipps ‘service in the interest of peace’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Guy Fipps, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation engineer, was recently named Professional Engineer of the Year at the meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in Montreal, Canada. Fipps, who is […]

U.S. education provides stepping stone to agricultural advancement in developing countries

Texas A&M student looks beyond classroom, lab Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, Silvano Ocheya, AMARILLO – Silvano Ocheya is a long way from home. But it won’t be long before he returns to Kenya or another developing countryin need of the new skills […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service graduates lifetime leaders

Contact: Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, 979-845-1554, COLLEGE STATION – Lawyers, farmers, bankers, ranchers and agriculture-related industry representatives banded together for two years with one aim: learn to be leaders. Their intensive study of agriculture worldwide culminated this month when their Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leadership XIII class graduated at a ceremony in College Station. “The Texas […]

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, 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 […]

Graduate student leads Texas A&M team to top finish

Contact: Melanie Balinas, 262-352-3253, BERKELEY, Calif. – A Texas A&M University doctoral candidate led a team of students and researchers recently to first- and second-place finishes at the BigIdeas@Berkeley competition. BigIdeas@Berkeley is a contest for innovative solutions to improve society, according to organizers. Through the academic year, teams refine their ideas and create projects […]

Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development. “For the first time in human history, food production will be limited on a global scale by the availability […]

Peanut breakthrough involved Texas A&M AgriLife scientists

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Dr. Mark Burow, 806-746-6101,   LUBBOCK– A Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist said the recent release of the first peanut genome sequences to the public by the International Peanut Genome Initiative should have major effects on Texas peanut production for years to come.   “This release is important […]

AgriLife Today provides visual look for Texas agriculture enthusiasts

COLLEGE STATION — People interested in Texas agriculture can catch a glimpse of it – literally – on the AgriLife Today YouTube channel. The channel,,  features news videos produced by the Texas A&M AgriLife media relations team from throughout the state. The news videos cover the programs and science of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Texas A&M researchers to study cowpea drought and heat tolerance

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Meiping Zhang, 979-862-4800, COLLEGE STATION – Cowpeas, known as black-eyed peas in the U.S., are an important and versatile food legume grown in more than 80 countries. Texas A&M University scientists are working to map the genes controlling drought and heat tolerance in recent varieties. New and […]