Texas A&M student develops video game for working cattle

COLLEGE STATION — For students studying animal science, interactive gaming can now help introduce concepts of working with cattle, before they’ve even stepped foot in a pen or pasture.  Nicholas Free, animal science senior at Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences didn’t grow up handling cattle, but he created a simulation that […]

Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections’ oVert project on display at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION — The Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collection, or BTRC, maintained by the Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences has launched a gallery of images created using CT scans from their collection of specimens, including a bigeye thresher shark, an alligator snapping turtle, a clingfish and three other images. The gallery, on […]

Young to take North Texas 4-H specialist position

DALLAS — Denita Young will become the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new program specialist for 4-H Youth Development in the agency’s District 4 beginning Oct. 1.  The district encompasses 22 North Texas counties, including Dallas and Tarrant. Young’s duties will include overseeing multidisciplinary youth development programming in health, science, technology, agriculture and civic engagement. […]

Zero waste: Maggots as recyclers and protein sources

COLLEGE STATION — Black soldier fly maggots provide a zero waste option for organic recycling, according to Jeff Tomberlin, Ph.D., professor in the department of entomology at Texas A&M University and director of EVO Conversion Systems, LLC.  Despite the “ick-factor,” maggots can be helpful for the environment by reducing waste and serving as an animal […]

Cheater, cheater: Human Behavior Lab studies cheating as innate trait

COLLEGE STATION — Is cheating a product of the environment or a character trait? Dr. Marco Palma, director of the Human Behavior Lab at Texas A&M University and professor in the department of agricultural economics, and Dr. Billur Aksoy, assistant professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, took a closer look at cheating […]

Texas A&M researchers to develop climate-smart sorghum

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M researchers believe the development of climate-smart crops is the key to improving nitrogen-use efficiency and reducing fertilizer nitrogen loss in agricultural fields. The crops would have the ability to suppress soil nitrification and have reduced nitrogen emissions, said Dr. Nithya Rajan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist and principal investigator […]

Texas A&M to bridge rural/urban divide with food, agriculture science

COLLEGE STATION – About a thousand new faces show up in Texas every day, moving into the Metroplex, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, and they have little to no connection to the state’s agriculture-based culture and economy. Dr. Patrick Stover, Texas A&M AgriLife vice chancellor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and […]

Selling lambs or goats? AgriLife has an app for that

SAN ANGELO — The Lamb and Goat Market Forecast app for iPhone helps producers pick the best time to sell by projecting marginal revenue per head.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the San Angelo State University information technology department developed the predictive program, and it’s available for free at  https://apps.apple.com/app/id1467220182.  “This app addresses […]

Plant Secondary Compounds in Livestock Systems to Produce Functional Foods symposium set July 11 in Austin  

AUSTIN — Texas A&M AgriLife Research is presenting a symposium, “Plant Secondary Compounds in Livestock Systems to Produce Functional Foods” on July 11 during the American Society of Animal Science – Canadian Society of Animal Science meeting.  The symposium will run from 9 a.m.-noon in Room 9C of the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar […]

AgriLife Research engineer uses drones to introduce youth to agriculture, technology careers

AMARILLO – In an effort to excite youth about agricultural research, Dr. Brent Auvermann and his team recently took their unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, to Drone Camp at Amarillo College. Auvermann, director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo, has been using drones and advanced technology in his Texas A&M AgriLife […]