Gabe Saldana is Communications Manager of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center of Dallas, providing coverage across North Texas on behalf of Texas A&M AgriLife Communications. Saldana was a newspaper reporter and subsequently editor of the Mid-Valley Town Crier in Weslaco, TX, covering the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas before joining Texas A&M AgriLife in 2014.

New AgriLife Extension specialist touts turfgrass practices for environmental, human health

DALLAS — Efficient varieties and informed management practices can help Texans make the most of turfgrasses’ natural human health and environmental benefits, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new turfgrass specialist. Dr. Lindsey Hoffman assumed her post at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas July 9. She said her public […]

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 […]

Entomologist: Avoid itchy bites from spiking seasonal chigger populations

DALLAS — Anyone venturing into the great outdoors this summer in Texas should be ready for chiggers. That’s the message from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist Dr. Mike Merchant in Dallas. He said reports of chiggers to AgriLife Extension offices have seen a sharp uptick in recent weeks compared with normal seasons over the […]

Top turfgrass producers converge in Dallas, preview latest zoysia, St. Augustine research

DALLAS — About a dozen of Texas’ leading turfgrass producers toured Texas A&M AgriLife Research facilities where ongoing studies aim to breed the next generation of high quality, resilient turfgrass varieties for the consumer market. The Dallas turfgrass breeding team, led by AgriLife Research scientist Dr. Ambika Chandra, welcomed the Turfgrass Producers of Texas, or […]

AgriLife Extension, USDA expand veteran loan assistance for starting agribusinesses

DALLAS — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue have announced expansion of loan opportunities through an ongoing initiative to help military veterans start their own agricultural businesses. Veterans participating in AgriLife Extension’s “From Battleground to Breaking Ground” program can now receive comprehensive and expedited one-on-one loan qualification assistance through […]

AgriLife Extension program bolsters Texas schools’ pest management approach

DALLAS — More than a decade of work alongside Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts in integrated pest management, or IPM, has culminated in national certification of four Texas school districts as “IPM Stars,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension school IPM specialist in Dallas. IPM Star certification from the IPM Institute of North America was […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Extension converge at EarthX April 20-22

DALLAS – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will showcase environmental initiatives in more than 2,400 square feet of display booth space at EarthX April 20-22. “The world’s largest environmental experience,” according to EarthX’s event website, takes place at Fair Park, Dallas. The three-day event includes an exposition, conference and […]

Dallas Urban Quail Appreciation Day May 18

MESQUITE – Urban Quail Appreciation Day, May 18, welcomes North Texans around Dallas to learn about what people can do to reverse declining quail populations, organizers said. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Texas Engineering Extension Service OSHA Training Institute Education Center, 15515 Interstate Highway 20, Mesquite. The appreciation day is held […]

April 25 course will review rain garden design, construction, maintenance

FORT WORTH — Dr. Fouad Jaber, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecological engineering specialist in Dallas, will deliver an April 25 course on designing, building and maintaining gardens that take maximum advantage of rainwater and stormwater runoff. The course, Rain Garden: Design, Building and Maintenance from Backyard to Parking Lot, will be in the Azalea […]

May 4 wine workshop targets industry newcomers

COLLEGE STATION – New and prospective wine professionals can pick up critical information for success in the budding Texas industry during a May 4 enology workshop, organizers said. “If you have recently opened your own winery or are considering a career in winemaking, this workshop will be extremely helpful,” said Dr. Andreea Botezatu, Texas A&M […]