Gilstrap named 2019 honorary member of Entomological Society of America

COLLEGE STATION — Frank Gilstrap, Ph.D. and professor emeritus, is recognized as a 2019 honorary member of the Entomological Society of America, ESA, for extraordinary contributions during his career with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, College Station.  Honorary membership acknowledges those who have served ESA for at […]

QuickBooks Pro workshop set Oct. 3 in Lamesa

LAMESA — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a QuickBooks Pro 2018 for Desktop workshop from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. The workshop will be held at the AgriLife Extension office of Dawson County at 400 S. First St. in Lamesa. Preregistration is required by Sept. 30 by calling 806-677-5667 or emailing […]

Texas A&M entomology student chosen as fellow for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Scientist Training Program

COLLEGE STATION — Tyler Pohlenz, a Texas A&M University doctoral student, has been selected as a fellow for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Scientist Training Program, or APHIS-NSTP, starting the 2019 fall semester. Pohlenz’s doctorate concentrates on arboviruses, such as Zika, and other important […]

AgriLife Extension offers farm bill sign-up help, decision tool

AMARILLO – Implementation of the newest farm bill has been slow, but the regulations are written, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced sign up officially began Sept. 3. However, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is letting producers at meetings around the state know that since so much is still undecided, it may be prudent […]

AgriLife Extension interim leaders reflect on time helping guide the agency

COLLEGE STATION – Parr Rosson, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service interim director, and Bob Whitson, Ph.D., interim associate director for the agency’s state operations, are concluding their roles Aug. 31, and both say it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences. With Jeff Hyde, Ph.D., to begin work as the agency’s new director Sept. […]

Zero waste: Maggots as recyclers and protein sources

COLLEGE STATION — Black soldier fly maggots provide a zero waste option for organic recycling, according to Jeff Tomberlin, Ph.D., professor in the department of entomology at Texas A&M University and director of EVO Conversion Systems, LLC.  Despite the “ick-factor,” maggots can be helpful for the environment by reducing waste and serving as an animal […]

Hyde appointed director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jeff Hyde has been appointed director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service following an Aug. 8 vote by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Hyde will begin work Sept. 1 in College Station after previously serving as acting associate dean and director of Penn State Extension, providing oversight […]

Nationally recognized economist to serve as co-director of Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION — The Agricultural and Food Policy Center, or AFPC, at Texas A&M University, College Station, named Dr. Bart Fischer as co-director beginning Sept. 1.  Fischer comes to AFPC after serving more than eight years at the House Committee on Agriculture as chief economist under two chairmen, Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and Rep. […]

Wand named department head for biochemistry, biophysics at Texas A&M 

COLLEGE STATION —Dr. Josh Wand will take over as head of the department of biochemistry and biophysics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station beginning Aug. 1. Wand joins Texas A&M from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the Benjamin Rush professor of biochemistry and […]

AgriLife Extension hires Abello as economist in Vernon

VERNON – Pancho Abello has returned to Texas and to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to fill the economist position at Vernon. Abello, a native of Argentina, comes to AgriLife Extension with 16 years of agricultural and livestock production experience. His professional background also includes consulting, extension service, financial, economic and agribusiness analyses, strategic […]