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.

AgriLife Extension event in Dallas to teach effective pest management at home

Preventing Pests in Your Home is a free, limited-seating learning event that teaches best practices for maintaining a pest-free home.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service welcomes participants to choose from one of two sessions on Nov. 22: 10 a.m.– noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. in Dallas. Sessions will meet in the Water and Land […]

Lake Dallas eighth-graders learn advanced plant biology with Texas A&M AgriLife scientists, in vitro experiments

A group of Texas 4-H eighth-graders from Lake Dallas Middle School spent part of the last two months with Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists learning to create artificial environments for plant growth. The 15 students’ “in vitro” experiments over 60 days were part of a collaboration among AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, […]

Texas A&M AgriLife expands footprint with renovated urban campus in Dallas

Texas A&M AgriLife on Tuesday hosted a grand opening of the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas renovated campus, which aims to serve as a rural-urban interface connecting Texans to their food sources, environmental sustainability and healthy living. “Agriculture must become integral to urban culture,” said Patrick Stover, Ph.D., vice-chancellor of Texas A&M Agrilife, dean […]

Davis becomes AgriLife Extension director for Tarrant County Oct. 1

FORT WORTH — Courtney Davis will become the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s extension director for Tarrant County on Oct. 1. Davis is now county extension agent for family and community health, or FCH, in Denton County. “Courtney continues to provide leadership to a dynamic and large program in one of the state’s fastest growing […]

Young to take North Texas 4-H specialist position

DALLAS — Denita Young will become the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new program specialist for 4-H Youth Development in the agency’s District 4 beginning Oct. 1.  The district encompasses 22 North Texas counties, including Dallas and Tarrant. Young’s duties will include overseeing multidisciplinary youth development programming in health, science, technology, agriculture and civic engagement. […]

Soil Regen Forum offers comprehensive info on maintaining healthy soils

BELTON — The Soil Regen Forum Aug. 28-29 offers two days of expert-led presentations, demonstrations and discussions on maintaining healthy soils by using regenerative agriculture practices, coordinators said. The event will be at the Summers Mill Retreat and Conference Center, 441 Farm-to-Market 1123, Belton. It is open to the public, and registration is $100. The […]

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers gain ground in rose rosette battle

COLLEGE STATION — A comprehensive national effort among 30 industry and academic entities led by Texas A&M is gaining ground in the battle against rose rosette. The disease has claimed an estimated $40-$50 million in rose industry losses alongside thousands of jobs, researchers said. The team has tracked the disease across the U.S., developed new […]

A sex-determining gene might help guarantee better papaya production

DALLAS — A gene that dictates which of three sexes a papaya tree will become, before seed germination, could spur a leap in the ultra-nutritious crop’s production. This genetic discovery in sex determination would also move growers a little closer to profitable papaya production in controlled environments, like greenhouses, across the globe. Dr. Qingyi Yu, […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 26, 2019

DALLAS — A Texas landscape that thrives begins with a good design. That is the seasonal message this spring from Patrick Dickinson, horticulturist with Texas A&M AgriLife’s Water University outreach program in Dallas. “Know the colors you want, the space you have to work with and the light conditions in that space before ever entering […]