Anthrax a growing concern as Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory confirms 20th case

SAN ANGELO — Anthrax continues to be a growing concern in Texas, especially through the “anthrax triangle” region, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.  The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, has now confirmed 20 positive cases of anthrax in animals, the Texas Animal Health Commission announced in their fifth situational […]

Anthrax increase in Texas: Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab helps identify, track high-consequence diseases in animals

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) plays a vital role in animal disease surveillance efforts, including anthrax. On average, TVMDL diagnoses two to three positive cases of anthrax annually in summer months. Thus far in 2019, the agency has confirmed 10 positive cases in several species, including exotic antelope, goats, […]

AgriLife Conference looks at past, present, future of agriculture

COLLEGE STATION – The 2019 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference commenced recently at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center in College Station. The conference brought together all Texas A&M AgriLife agencies  — Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, Texas A&M Forest Service and the College of Agriculture […]

Ballabina appointed deputy vice chancellor for Texas A&M AgriLife

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Susan Ballabina has been appointed deputy vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station. The announcement was made by Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M in College Station. “We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Ballabina lead our […]

Emergency meetings scheduled following reports of fumonisin in Texas corn

AMARILLO — Meetings have been scheduled on Sept. 27 in Dimmitt and Dumas to address concerns about the presence of high levels of fumonisin in corn now being harvested in the Texas Panhandle, according to Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. The first meeting will be at 9 a.m. at […]

Texas A&M AgriLife presents Vice Chancellor Award in Excellence honors

COLLEGE STATION – Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence honors were presented to several statewide faculty and staff of Texas A&M AgriLife during a ceremony Jan. 9 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.         The awards were given to 14 individuals and three teams with a total of 16 members. Officials said the […]

Livestock producers urged to watch for toxic plants

COLLEGE STATION – Extreme heat and dry conditions can lead to a shortage of grass, and an opportunity to consume toxic plants and forages found in Texas rangelands. Livestock producers should be aware of potential pitfalls, according to a Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory expert. Dr. Tam Garland, head of the lab’s toxicology section […]

Two cases of eastern equine encephalitis confirmed in Texas

COLLEGE STATION – Eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed in two East Texas horses from separate facilities by the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, according to agency officials. The horses were in Newton and Orange counties. The Orange County case is approximately 10 miles from an eastern equine encephalitis, which occurred […]

Expert: Texas floods can present health problems to livestock, pets

COLLEGE STATION – Livestock and pet owners should be on the lookout for potential animal health issues related to flooding throughout Texas in recent weeks, said a Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory expert. Insect-borne diseases, toxic forages and skin irritations are just a few potential hazards to consider when it comes to the health […]