I am a media relations specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Communications, serving both Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. I provide media support for various departments and programs, including agricultural economics, animal science, the Office of the State Chemist and bioenergy research.

Trade uncertainty, low commodity prices weigh on outlook for Texas farmers

AUSTIN – It’s not as dire as the farm crisis seen in the 1980s, but ongoing trade uncertainty coupled with low commodity prices and rising interest rates has created challenging times for agricultural producers across the U.S. and Texas, according to experts. A room full of who’s who in Texas agriculture, including farmers and those […]

National Health Outreach Conference to tackle transforming community health

FORT WORTH – The National Health Outreach Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service May 1-3 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, will assist Cooperative Extension and public health professionals in addressing emerging health issues and health equity, according to organizers.   Themed “A Grand Vision for a Healthy America,” the conference will […]

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 […]

AgriLife Extension’s Swanson appointed to TCEQ Irrigation Advisory Council

COLLEGE STATION – Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, has been appointed to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Irrigation Advisory Council. Swanson is part of a nine-member council consisting of six irrigation license holders and three public, non-licensed members. He will serve a six-year term on the council, which provides advice […]

AgriLife Extension beef cattle experts to discuss production at TSCRA convention

FORT WORTH – From fence laws to utilizing new technologies to manage beef cattle herds, Texas A&M AgriLife experts will share the latest at the 2019 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention scheduled for March 29-31 in Fort Worth. The convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St. Dr. […]

61st V.G. Young School for County Commissioners Courts Feb. 19-21 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION – More than 400 county commissioners and judges have registered for the 61st annual V.G. Young School for County Government, which runs Feb. 19-21 at the College Station Hilton. The conference is hosted by the V.G. Young Institute, part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The institute was formed in 1969 and […]

Engaging Rural Communities Conference set April 4-5 in Austin

AUSTIN – Addressing the future needs of rural Texas is the focus of the 2019 Engaging Rural Communities Conference April 4-5 at the Austin Midtown Holiday Inn, 6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin. The conference is hosted by the Texas Rural Leadership Program, or TRLP, in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas […]

Continued strong grain demand expected for 2019

WACO – Growing demand in developing markets will help fuel optimism for Texas grain producers this growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist at Stephenville, told producers at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference that world demand for grain products has been steadily growing. “We’ve […]

Report reveals recommendations on maintaining trust in nutrition science

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M University and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, was part of a blue ribbon panel that has released its recommendations on maintaining trust in nutrition science. The panel was part of the American Society for Nutrition, which has published […]