Urban Stream Processes and Restoration program set for Sept. 19 in McKinney

MCKINNEY – The Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute will host an Urban Stream Processes and Restoration Training from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19 in McKinney for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects in and around the Dallas area. The morning session will be at The Mill at East […]

Zero waste: Maggots as recyclers and protein sources

COLLEGE STATION — Black soldier fly maggots provide a zero waste option for organic recycling, according to Jeff Tomberlin, Ph.D., professor in the department of entomology at Texas A&M University and director of EVO Conversion Systems, LLC.  Despite the “ick-factor,” maggots can be helpful for the environment by reducing waste and serving as an animal […]

Water quality training Sept. 17 in San Marcos will focus on Upper San Marcos River

SAN MARCOS – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Upper San Marcos River will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St. in San Marcos. Those interested are also invited to attend a stakeholder meeting at the same location that morning […]

Nationally recognized economist to serve as co-director of Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION — The Agricultural and Food Policy Center, or AFPC, at Texas A&M University, College Station, named Dr. Bart Fischer as co-director beginning Sept. 1.  Fischer comes to AFPC after serving more than eight years at the House Committee on Agriculture as chief economist under two chairmen, Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and Rep. […]

Cheater, cheater: Human Behavior Lab studies cheating as innate trait

COLLEGE STATION — Is cheating a product of the environment or a character trait? Dr. Marco Palma, director of the Human Behavior Lab at Texas A&M University and professor in the department of agricultural economics, and Dr. Billur Aksoy, assistant professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, took a closer look at cheating […]

Wand named department head for biochemistry, biophysics at Texas A&M 

COLLEGE STATION —Dr. Josh Wand will take over as head of the department of biochemistry and biophysics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station beginning Aug. 1. Wand joins Texas A&M from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the Benjamin Rush professor of biochemistry and […]

Lacher to become director of Borlaug Center for Coffee Research and Education

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Tom Lacher will become director of the Center for Coffee Research and Education, part of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University in College Station, effective Aug. 15.  Lacher brings an extensive research background in conservation and biodiversity, which will help propel the center into new educational […]

Baker named department head for Texas A&M agricultural leadership, education and communications

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Matt Baker has been named head of the department of agricultural leadership, education and communications, ALEC, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, beginning Aug. 1. Baker, a native of Vernon, was a professor in the department of agricultural education and communications at […]

Texas A&M to bridge rural/urban divide with food, agriculture science

COLLEGE STATION – About a thousand new faces show up in Texas every day, moving into the Metroplex, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, and they have little to no connection to the state’s agriculture-based culture and economy. Dr. Patrick Stover, Texas A&M AgriLife vice chancellor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and […]