New rangeland book addresses recent developments, future needs

COLLEGE STATION – “Rangeland Systems – Processes, Management and Challenges,” an unprecedented compilation of ecological and management knowledge regarding global rangelands has been released, according to the Texas A&M professor and the book’s editor. Dr. David Briske, T.M. O’Connor Professor in the Texas A&M University department of ecosystem science and management in College Station, said […]

A&M ag engineering scientist touts global water awareness at Vatican

COLLEGE STATION – Citing the need for heightened interest in water availability globally, Dr. Rabi Mohtar, biological and agricultural engineering professor at Texas A&M University, took center stage March 24 at Vatican City as part of Watershed, a conference to spark global conversations of the importance of water and the future. Pope Francis addressed the […]

Texas A&M AgriLife helping address disease deadly to bats

COLLEGE STATION – The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats has been detected on three species in the Texas counties of Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Hardeman, King and Scurry. Bats play an important role in controlling insect populations that pose threats to Texas crops as well as assist in crop pollination. In 2011, the authors […]

Mark calendars now for two sheep, goat educational events set Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO – It’s not too early to mark your calendar for two days of sheep and goat educational events on Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo. The lead-in event is the annual Sheep and Goat Field Day conducted by and on the grounds of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center located at 7887 […]

Water well trainings and screenings set for April in the Panhandle

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer Texas Well Owner Network trainings and screenings throughout the Texas Panhandle in April, said program coordinators. The Texas Water Resources Institute is partnering with AgriLife Extension and the network on these programs. “Private well owners in Texas are independently responsible for monitoring the quality […]

Variety screening identifies potatoes with resistance to zebra chip disease

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology team in Amarillo intentionally infected potato plants with psyllids positive with the bacterium that causes zebra chip, a deadly disease plaguing the potato industry for the past 15 years. The outcome is some promising germplasm that will help in the battle against the costly disease, said […]

TCU ranch management students visit Texas A&M AgriLife center in Overton

OVERTON – Future ranchers and ranch managers enrolled in the Texas Christian University Ranch Management program recently visited the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton to talk with experts and learn about the resources available to them around the state. Jason Faubion, the program’s assistant director, Fort Worth, said the program is […]

Animal behaviorist looks through the eyes of peafowl

COLLEGE STATION – Flock, muster ostentation, cluster, lek, pulchritude, pride or bawl, no matter what a group of peacocks is called, Texas A&M University at College Station is now home to 40 of them, thanks to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.                 Dr. Jessica Yorzinski with the university’s wildlife and fisheries sciences department, said […]

What does sexy, food, world travel and super career bring to mind? Agriculture, of course

COLLEGE STATION — For something that engages all the senses, this should be abundantly clear: food and all things associated with it is, in a word, sexy. Yes, sexy as in exciting and appealing. Seriously. Whether one grows it, markets it or eats it, food is a hot commodity that’s only going to get hotter. […]