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.

Permeable pavements course in Fort Worth offers hands-on instruction

FORT WORTH — A Dec. 15 course, Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Permeable Pavement, offers comprehensive instruction for using environmentally sound permeable pavements, which allow rainwater to pass through their surfaces and into the ground, replenishing precious water resources, organizers said. Course participants at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will learn about permeable pavement benefits, design, maintenance […]

National pest control pros scurry to Texas Rodent Academy

DALLAS — Pest control professionals from companies in Utah, Georgia, New York and across Texas converged in Dallas for three days to train alongside Texas A&M AgriLife Extension entomologists on controlling rodent infestations. “We were especially pleased to get Dr. Bobby Corrigan, one of the top rodentologists in the country, to reinvent his New York […]

AgriLife Extension to train all Texas wellness volunteers at once

DALLAS — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, from Jan. 23 – Feb. 28, will conduct the first simultaneous training of all its health and wellness outreach volunteers across the state. The 40-hour statewide training is for AgriLife Extension’s Master Wellness Volunteer Program, which trains Texans to help educate the public on wellness and preventive […]

Texas A&M AgriLife horticulturists: Protect landscapes from freeze

DALLAS – A few simple practices can give outdoor plants a chance to survive the coming freeze, but picking the right plants ahead of planting is the best defense against low winter temperatures. That’s the seasonal message from horticulturists of Water University, a joint public outreach program on water conservation and quality protection by Texas […]

Winemaking certificate students uncork first bottles

COLLEGE STATION — The first students who will earn certificates in winemaking, or enology, from Texas A&M University, College Station, have uncorked their first bottles. The enology class began working with wine in September as the university launched the certificate program, said Dr. Andreea Botezatu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service enology specialist in College Station. […]

New cookbook a tool in statewide preventative health initiative

DALLAS — A new cookbook by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Dinner Tonight program offers more than 100 healthy recipes as the agency launches Healthy Texas, its statewide public outreach initiative on chronic disease prevention. Recipe categories in the cookbook, titled Essentials, include starters, five ingredients or less, salads, one pot-one pan, simple side […]

Circadian clock discovery could help boost water efficiency in food plants

DALLAS — A discovery by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Dallas provides new insights about the biological or circadian clock, how it regulates high water-use efficiency in some plants, and how others, including food plants, might be improved for the same efficiency, possibly to grow in conditions uninhabitable for them today. The scientists in […]

North Texas seminar for pest control pros is low-cost CEU opportunity

RICHARDSON — The Fall Pest Management Seminar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers one of the most cost-effective options for professional continuing education units, or CEUs, in the region, organizers said. “Early registration is $70, and that includes lunch,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist in Dallas.   The course, scheduled […]