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, […]

Military caregiving program to host May 15 ‘professional boundaries’ webinar

AMARILLO – The Military Families Learning Network’s Military Caregiving program will host a free “Understanding Professional Boundaries” webinar May 15. This and other webinars are offered through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Military Program to provide professional development and interactive resources for those who want or need to utilize the training from home, said […]

Horticulturist: Grow bluebonnets instead of picking them

COLLEGE STATION — Picking bluebonnets is legal across the state, though some Texas cities ban it by ordinance. Still, a safe bet is “grow your own,” said Dr. Larry Stein. Stein is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist and associate department head of horticulture in College Station. Known as a biannual, bluebonnets germinate in […]

WaterSmart program conserves two months’ water usage with precision irrigation

COLLEGE STATION — The water conservation program of the Brazos Valley, BV WaterSmart, garnered two state awards recently for their water conserving efforts and educational activities toward reducing water waste. Since 2010 the program has contributed to a cumulative annual reduction amounting to about two months of College Station’s water use. Today College Station uses […]