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 […]

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 […]

Website offers critical mosquito, disease information after Hurricane Harvey

DALLAS — Visitors to the Mosquito Safari website at http://mosquitosafari.tamu.edu will find comprehensive information on common mosquitoes, the diseases they carry and instructions for controlling the pest, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. They said the information is critical in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, whose initial rains forced mosquitoes from their habitats into […]

Time will tell what Harvey did to Texas coastal landscapes

ANGLETON — Unlike people and animals, plants can’t evacuate when threatening weather approaches, and long tenures in flood waters can take a toll. But as water recedes and people recover their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, landscapes also will need to be watched for signs of stress, said Stephen Brueggerhoff, Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Hurricane Harvey draws attention to planning, development on Texas coast

HOUSTON – In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, attention has once again shifted to what can be done to make towns and cities along the Texas coastline and further inland more durable and flood-ready. And Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel have already been helping in that effort. “One of our main goals is to […]

Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists: Floating fire ants, insect pests among flood hazards

HOUSTON – Fire ants, as their colonies begin to flood, can join feet or tarsi to form water rafts, and they are more aggressive once in the floating formation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. But other insect pests can also pose human threats in flood conditions, they said. Dr. Paul Nester, AgriLife […]

Texans should watch for fraud, scams in wake of Hurricane Harvey

COLLEGE STATION – Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey should be aware of unscrupulous people who may try to take advantage of them through fraud, scams and identity theft and other criminal activity, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “Texans need to be aware of the potential for things like fraud, ID theft and […]