Water wells need to be tested after flood 

COLLEGE STATION — Private water well owners whose wells flooded during Tropical Depression Imelda should assume that their well water is contaminated until tested, said Diane Boellstorff, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service water resource specialist. “You should not use water from a flooded well for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing your teeth or even […]

Auvermann tapped to weigh in on national clean air standards review

WASHINGTON – Texas A&M’s Brent Auvermann, Ph.D., was selected to serve as a non-member consultant to assist the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, CASAC, with their review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter, PM, and ozone. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of subject matter […]

Researchers to combine fire, mixed-species grazing to answer livestock production issues

COLLEGE STATION – Building on more than a decade of stakeholder interactions, a team of Great Plains scientists is rewriting the playbook for livestock production utilizing fire and mixed animal species to graze the land. The team, led by Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research ecologist in the Texas A&M University Department of Ecosystem […]

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 […]

Funds available to landowners who thin forests to prevent southern pine beetle

COLLEGE STATION — Eligible forest landowners can receive financial and technical assistance by helping reduce the threat of southern pine beetle, or SPB, infestations and outbreaks. Landowners in 21 East Texas counties conducting first-thin operations in overly dense, pulpwood-sized pine stands may apply for the 2019 Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program Thinning Cost Share. This […]

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 […]

Ag and Wildlife Symposium Sept. 6 in Lampasas

LAMPASAS – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will participate in an Ag and Wildlife Symposium hosted by the Hill Country Soil and Water Conservation District and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service on Sept. 6 in Lampasas.  This symposium will offer local landowners and land managers an opportunity […]

Texas A&M AgriLife aquaculture specialist addresses algae-related dog deaths

COLLEGE STATION – A rash of recent companion animal deaths related to cyanobacteria toxins prompted a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service aquaculture expert to offer information to alleviate fears. Todd Sink, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension aquaculture specialist, College Station, wanted to address recent stories involving companion animal deaths linked to toxins in surface water to assuage […]