Kathleen Phillips has been covering agriculture in Texas since 1978. She has a bachelor's and an master's in agriculture journalism from Texas Tech University.

Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced

COLLEGE STATION – The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.            The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. […]

Bhimu Patil receives the Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of the Texas A&M University Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station, received the 2017 Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award at the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in Austin April 21. The Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award is given to “individuals whose careers have demonstrated leadership with industry […]

College degree with winemaking certificate new option at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION — College students at Texas A&M University may tack on a new, official certification to their degrees – winemaking. The Enology Certificate program will begin in the fall and offer 15 hours of concentrated study in viticulture, pre- and post-fermentation winemaking processes, wine etiquette and sensory evaluation, according to Dr. Andreea Botezatu, Texas […]

Healthy cooking school set for May 6 in Robstown

ROBSTOWN — The connection between health and nutrition and local agricultural production will be featured at a cooking school May 6 at the Rockin’ K Maze, Farm-to-Market Road 666 and County Road 52, Robstown.         A “Path to the Plate” Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, a first of its kind for Nueces County, will begin […]

What does sexy, food, world travel and super career bring to mind? Agriculture, of course

COLLEGE STATION — For something that engages all the senses, this should be abundantly clear: food and all things associated with it is, in a word, sexy. Yes, sexy as in exciting and appealing. Seriously. Whether one grows it, markets it or eats it, food is a hot commodity that’s only going to get hotter. […]

Backyard poultry seminar set March 28 in Alice

ALICE — Because raising poultry around homes has become more popular in recent years, a seminar will be offered March 28 at the Women’s Building at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds in Alice, according to Rogelio Mercado, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Jim Wells County agent. “Both rural and urban residents enjoy raising poultry for […]