Texas A&M AgriLife unveils plans for state-of-the-art robotic greenhouse facility

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife unveiled plans May 22 for a multi-million dollar Automated Precision Phenotyping Greenhouse that will utilize advanced sensor technology to enhance agricultural crops in the areas of crop health, yield, nutrition, temperature, drought stress and other environmental conditions. “Global population growth coupled with consumer demands for more nutritious food calls […]

Hyde named sole finalist for director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Friday named Dr. Jeff Hyde sole finalist as director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Hyde is currently serving as acting associate dean and director of Penn State Extension, providing oversight of extension programs, operations and external relations. He also serves as […]

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 […]

Texas A&M AgriLife, Food and Agriculture Organization renew partnership

ROME, ITALY – Texas A&M AgriLife, part of the Texas A&M University System, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations renewed their agreement May 10 to expand capacity for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in developing countries. The initial partnership began in 2014 and expanded to four enhanced program areas involving […]

Mazurkiewicz honored for Texas agriculture contributions

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, director of the Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program, part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, was recently honored at the Texas State Capitol for his contributions to the state’s agricultural industry. Mazurkiewicz was honored with a resolution by the Texas House of Representatives, read […]

McGuill receives distinguished service award

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Peter McGuill, director of the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association at its annual conference in Amarillo. McGuill was honored for his work in coordinating annual educational content. […]

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, […]

US cattle inventory continues to build

FORT WORTH – As the nation’s cattle inventory continues its expansion, consumer demand is increasing at a steady clip, according to experts speaking at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention in Fort Worth. For Texas producers, the year is off to a good start with above-average rainfall and green forage on pastures for […]

Trade uncertainty, low commodity prices weigh on outlook for Texas farmers

AUSTIN – It’s not as dire as the farm crisis seen in the 1980s, but ongoing trade uncertainty coupled with low commodity prices and rising interest rates has created challenging times for agricultural producers across the U.S. and Texas, according to experts. A room full of who’s who in Texas agriculture, including farmers and those […]