Paul is a media relations specialist and member of the news editing team of the AgriLife Communications department of theTexas A&M University System. He is responsible for media relations support for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices in Bexar and Travis counties, as well as the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde. Paul also provides media relations support for international agriculture programs conducted by the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, also part of the Texas A&M System. Some of his general "beats" include viticultural and Pierce's disease research and programs, Texas Watershed Stewards and watershed protection, and emergency/disaster communications support relating to hurricanes. Paul has a master's degree in communication arts from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, and more than 28 years of experience in journalism, public/media relations and corporate communications.

Water well owner training set for Sept. 26 in New Braunfels

NEW BRAUNFELS — Anyone interested in private water well management is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training Sept. 26 in New Braunfels. The training is being offered to area private water well owners in collaboration with the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership. The training, which is free and open to the public, […]

Texas, out-of-state 4-H’ers pitch in on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Hundreds of youth in Texas 4-H  and out-of-state 4-H programs gave their “heads, hearts, hands and health” to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, said Dr. Toby Lepley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state 4-H youth development specialist, College Station. Texas 4-H is the youth development component of the Texas A&M […]

Rainwater harvesting turf management training rescheduled to Oct. 5 in Seguin

SEGUIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training with the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership Oct. 5 in Seguin. The event was originally set for Aug. 29 but was rescheduled due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The […]

Military veteran and beginning farmer, rancher entrepreneurial training Oct. 14-15 in Navasota

NAVASOTA — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas AgrAbility Project, U.S. Department of Agriculture and others, will kickoff a new military entrepreneurial project Oct. 14-15 in Navasota. The application period for this second Battleground to Breaking Ground Entrepreneurial Training Project will be until Sept. 29, coordinators said. An applicant webinar […]

Free testing for private water well owners in Hurricane Harvey flood area

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others are collaborating to offer multiple well-water testing opportunities after Hurricane Harvey left potential contamination in its wake. Residents who have private water wells in the area affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey should assume their water is contaminated and have it tested, said Dr. Diane […]

Free testing for Wharton County private water well owners after Hurricane Harvey

WHARTON — Wharton County area residents who want to have their well water tested should pick up a free water sampling test kit from their local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, said Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist, College Station. Private water well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains should assume […]

Agriculture-oriented disaster assistance workshop slated Sept. 16 in Raywood

RAYWOOOD – The Texas AgrAbility program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present an agriculture-oriented disaster assistance workshop from 8:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 16 at the Raywood Livestock Market, 14810 E. Highway 90 in Raywood. The workshop is free, but attendees are asked to preregister at http://txagrability.tamu.edu/workshops/. A continental breakfast will be provided courtesy […]

Free testing for private water wells after Hurricane Harvey

VICTORIA — Private water well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains should assume their well water is contaminated until tested, according to Dr. Diane Boellstorff, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service water resource specialist, College Station. “You should not use water from a flooded well for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing your teeth or even […]

Partnership offers assistance to repair, replace septic systems in Attoyac Bayou watershed

NACOGDOCHES – The Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership is offering a septic system repair and replacement program to residents in the Attoyac Bayou watershed to help improve and protect the watershed’s water quality. Funding and technical assistance are available to homeowners to repair or replace malfunctioning aerobic or conventional septic systems within the watershed, according to […]

AgriLife Extension supporting National Preparedness Month efforts in Texas

COLLEGE STATION — The recent devastation of many parts of southeastern Texas by Hurricane Harvey has been a stark reminder of the need for Texans to be aware of and prepare for emergencies and disasters, said Dr. Andy Vestal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service emergency management specialist, College Station. “September has been designated National Preparedness […]