Water quality training March 6 in Harker Heights will focus on Nolan Creek

HARKER HEIGHTS – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to Nolan Creek will be held from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on March 6 at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail. The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region. The workshop will be presented […]

Newly created position expands scope of AgriLife Research livestock guardian dog program

SAN ANGELO — Bill Costanzo has joined Texas A&M AgriLife Research in San Angelo as a livestock guardian dog, LGD, research specialist, in partnership with the Texas Sheep and Goat Predator Management Board. The San Angelo-based LGD program of Texas A&M AgriLife provides educational outreach and conducts research on livestock guardian dogs as flock and […]

Pruning roses promotes growth, adds vigor to plants

OVERTON – Pruning roses should be an annual part of plant maintenance because it helps promote new growth and maintains their vigor, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton, said roses are best pruned before they begin growing after winter dormancy, typically between January and March […]

Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day set April 12 in Menard

SAN ANGELO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day April 12 in Menard. The livestock guardian dog, or LGD, event will run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Murchison/Whitehead Memorial Youth Center at state Highway 190 West and will include two ranch tours to view the dogs […]

Research uncovers potential sustainable refining method for lignin

COLLEGE STATION – Lignin, used as a renewable resource to produce high-value products, has presented both production and economical challenges for biorefinery operations. However, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist suggests the use of an extraction method, plus other refining processes to produce multiple lignin streams. Dr. Joshua Yuan, chair of Synthetic Biology and Renewable […]

Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set March 6 in Bandera

BANDERA – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host a free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 in Bandera for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in Bandera County. The morning session will be at the Recreation Hall at Mansfield Park, 355 W. […]

Texas Land Trends report shows value of conservation easements to ag, water, wildlife

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Land Trends project of Texas A&M’s Natural Resources Institute, or NRI, has published a special series report describing Texas landowner participation in land conservation easements and their value to agricultural production, water and wildlife. About 83 percent of lands in Texas are classified as privately-owned working lands, signifying the critical […]

Texas A&M-led study explores the role of estrogen in controlling Type 2 diabetes

COLLEGE STATION – The results of a recent Texas A&M University-led study provide insights into the mechanism by which estrogen can decrease insulin resistance and the production of glucose, reducing incidences of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The study, “Estrogen Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Suppresses Gluconeogenesis via the Transcription Factor Foxo1,” can be found online in […]

Texas Well Owner Network training set for Feb. 22 in Marlin

MARLIN — A Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, training has been scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in the Falls County Courthouse, 125 Bridge St., County Court Room 110 in Marlin. The Well Educated training for private water well owners is free and open to the […]