Water quality meeting set Aug. 16 in Victoria

VICTORIA – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a meeting Aug. 16 in Victoria for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Garcitas Creek and Arenosa Creek watersheds. TWRI is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of […]

45th Annual Sheep and Goat Field Day, Texas Sheep and Goat Expo set for Aug. 17-18

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife agencies are putting the finishing touches on two major sheep and goat programs in San Angelo, both tailored to all segments of the production side of the industry, organizers said.   The 45th annual Sheep and Goat Field Day will be from 8-11:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Texas […]

Big data in agriculture focus of Houston conference Aug. 20-21

HOUSTON – High-tech devices in agriculture such as unmanned aerial vehicles and sensors are leading to immense growth in data collection and deployment, and a Houston conference Aug. 20-21 will feature scholars and industry experts discussing future applications in all aspects of production agriculture. The invitation-only conference, Identifying Obstacles to Applying Big Data in Agriculture, […]

eBeam technology at Texas A&M tested in commercial-use study

COLLEGE STATION – By the end of summer, more than one million 5-pound boxes of imported mangos will be treated for possible invasive pests by electron beam, which irradiates fruits and vegetables at low doses to sterilize them, said Dr. Suresh Pillai, director of the National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University […]

Urban riparian, stream restoration workshop set Aug. 16 in The Woodlands

THE WOODLANDS–The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in The Woodlands for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects in and around the Houston area. The workshop is co-hosted locally by the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County Flood Control District and […]

Texas A&M releases new Ace cowpea

OVERTON – A new forage cowpea variety – Ace – blends a number of desirable characteristics into into a well-rounded option for livestock, wildlife and improved soil health, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. Ace is a small-seed cowpea cultivar developed for forage and hay production, as a cover crop and as a […]

Institute to host urban best management training July 25

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host an Urban Best Management Practices for Watershed Planning Training July 25 in College Station for watershed coordinators and water professionals. The training is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Texas A&M University’s Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex, 3240 F&B Road. Coordinators said the […]

Gene editing approach aims for broad disease resistance in staple food crops

DALLAS — A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a “knock-in” gene editing approach might achieve better disease resistance […]

Annual East Texas Horticultural Field Day draws ornamental, vegetable gardeners

OVERTON – White pentas were among the highlights for Kathy Harris, one of the more than 300 attendees at the recent East Texas Horticultural Field Day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. Harris made the trip from Dallas after an invitation from her aunt, Patsy Lancaster, of Hughes Springs. Lancaster […]

Navasota River watershed protection, planning focus of July 11 meeting

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Water Resources Institute, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are hosting a July 11 meeting in College Station for anyone interested in water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone. The meeting, free and open to the public, will […]