Increased wildfire potential across West and Central Texas this weekend

COLLEGE STATION — Significant wildfire potential will increase Sept. 7-9 across West and Central Texas as temperatures remain near 100 degrees, and wind speeds increase to 10 mph to 15 mph.  Due to the emerging drought, hot temperatures and limited rainfall, cured grasses and brush are highly receptive to ignitions and burning, according to the […]

Exceptional drought conditions in portions of Texas causes plea for citizens to use caution outdoors

COLLEGE STATION — Due to exceptional drought conditions in the Panhandle and South Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster on Aug. 23. Abbott announced the state of disaster in Duval, Hall, Jim Hogg, Randall, Swisher, Webb and Zapata counties. In early July, only 5% of the state registered any drought level. Almost […]

Central Texas airtanker base activated to help fight wildfires across the state

AUSTIN — Texas A&M Forest Service is opening the Austin Airtanker Base at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to assist with increased wildfire activity across the state. Significant fire activity has increased recently, particularly in northwest Texas, Central Texas and the Cross Timbers region where hot and dry conditions persist and fuel loading is high. Critical […]

Lacher to become director of Borlaug Center for Coffee Research and Education

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Tom Lacher will become director of the Center for Coffee Research and Education, part of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University in College Station, effective Aug. 15.  Lacher brings an extensive research background in conservation and biodiversity, which will help propel the center into new educational […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service receives emergency management award

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received the Texas Emergency Management Council Agency of the Year Award recently for its work in response to Hurricane Harvey. The award recognizes outstanding support provided by an agency to the communities of Texas during disasters. It includes providing public awareness to the community and actively […]

AgriLife Extension supports National Preparedness Month

COLLEGE STATION – September is National Preparedness Month, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is reminding Texans it has a variety of disaster and emergency preparedness and recovery information available. “National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” said Dr. Monty Dozier, AgriLife Extension special assistant for Rebuild Texas, College Station. […]

AgriLife Extension offers hurricane preparedness, recovery information

COLLEGE STATION – With June 1 marking the start of hurricane season, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is reminding Texans the agency provides a wealth of disaster and emergency preparedness and recovery information. “Texas Extension Disaster Education Network website and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Bookstore website have a variety of this type of […]

Three one-day Harvey Communities Forums slated for April

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present three Harvey Communities Forums in April in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. “These free forums are one-day events for community leaders, school district administrators and local officials and staff to come and hear from speakers who will share insights and personal experiences related to […]

Parts of the state enter wildfire season earlier than usual

COLLEGE STATION – Wildfire season has arrived earlier than usual due to high fuel availability, drought and other environmental conditions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Andy Vestal, AgriLife Extension director for emergency management at Texas A&M University, College Station, said the Energy Release Component, which measures how hot and long available […]

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 […]