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, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, SLiu@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@ag.tamu.edu Silvano Ocheya, sassanga@neo.tamu.edu 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, j-mazurkiewicz@tamu.edu 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, 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 […]

Graduate student leads Texas A&M team to top finish

Contact: Melanie Balinas, 262-352-3253, mbalinas@gmail.com 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, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Mark Burow, 806-746-6101, mburow@tamu.edu   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, http://www.youtube.com/agrilifetoday,  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, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Meiping Zhang, 979-862-4800, mpzhang@tamu.edu 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 […]

Texas A&M breeder develops new sorghum variety for Central America

Brown midrib trait adds digestibility, palatability in forage for small dairies Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, wlr@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A new brown midrib sorghum variety will help small farming and livestock operations in Central America, according to its developer, Dr. Bill Rooney, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant breeder […]

A ‘SNP chip’ will help cotton breeding researchers take giant leap

AgriLife Research joins in release of new cotton genomic technology Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Stelly, 979-845-2745, stelly@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Narrow germplasm base and limited technology have made it difficult for cotton researchers to identify specific DNA markers needed to locate genes that confer desirable traits. But that’s no longer the […]