Pike honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Texas vegetable industry

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas International Produce Association recently honored Dr. Leonard Pike with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Viva Fresh Show in San Antonio. Pike, pioneer of the 1015 onion as well as other vegetables that contributed to the Texas economy, died Jan. 12. He was 78. Dr. Bhimu Patil, who was appointed […]

Patil awarded the Texas A&M University inaugural University Professorship

COLLEGE STATION – The inaugural University Professorship at Texas A&M University has been awarded to Dr. Bhimu Patil, professor and director of the Vegetable Improvement Center and U.S. Department of Agriculture National Center for Excellence, College Station. The honor recognizes Texas A&M faculty members who have significant, sustained accomplishment in their discipline and have gained […]

As hurricane season looms, AgriLife Extension offers preparedness instruction

COLLEGE STATION – This year, National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 5-11, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is urging Texans to prepare homes, businesses, farms and ranches for a hurricane or other disaster. “Hurricane season in the Atlantic and the Caribbean begins around June 1 and typically lasts through Nov. 30,” said Dr. […]

Homeowners, prepare against mosquitoes

DALLAS – Homeowners beware, mosquitos are on the move. Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Dallas, said temperatures are now warm enough to begin seeing early season mosquitoes. Merchant said recent rains created plenty of opportunities for mosquitoes to propagate, and homeowners should take preemptive measures to reduce populations within their neighborhoods. […]

Texas Community Futures Forum set on April 30 in Plainview

PLAINVIEW — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hale County is hosting a Texas Community Futures Forum on April 30 from 6-8 p.m. The event will be at the Ollie Liner Center, 2000 S. Columbia St., Plainview.   The general public is invited to participate, but those planning to attend should RSVP to the […]

Texas Community Futures Forum scheduled in Lubbock April 22

LUBBOCK – The Texas Community Futures Forum will be April 22 in Lubbock County. The forum is designed to assist local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents and the Lubbock County Extension Leadership Advisory Board in identifying the most critical issues affecting the county. Community members are invited to participate in the event, which will […]

Texas A&M AgriLife joins international NutriRECS consortium

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M AgriLife has become the fifth and newest member of the NutriRECS international consortium. The goal of the consortium is to improve the methodology and rigor by which dietary guidelines are developed, establish a higher standard for providing nutrient and dietary guideline recommendations, and improve public policy and health outcomes. Dr. […]

Kendra Callahan to join AgriLife Extension Swisher County

LUBBOCK– Kendra Callahan will join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on April 15 as assistant agent for family and community health in Swisher County. Callahan earned her bachelor’s of science in nutrition – health and wellness, from Texas Tech University. Her experience includes teaching nutrition education to elementary school children and serving as an undergraduate […]

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, […]