Worksite wellness programming is focus of North Texas workshop

GRAPEVINE – A Jan. 16 workshop aims to help workplace administrators implement and monitor employee wellness programs. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service workshop, Building a Healthy Workplace: Research Meets Practice, lasts from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive in Grapevine. Dr. Ninfa Peña-Purcell, assistant professor and AgriLife Extension […]

AgriLife Extension sets series of auxin herbicide trainings for area producers

WALL – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a series of auxin trainings for producers in Runnels, Tom Green and surrounding counties, according to organizers. “The Texas Department of Agriculture has required a special auxin-specific training in 2018 for those applying the new auxin formulations of dicamba,” said Josh Blanek, AgriLife Extension agent […]

AgriLife Extension sets Money Matters, A Financial Wellness Workshop Jan. 27 in Brownwood

BROWNWOOD – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct Money Matters, A Financial Wellness Workshop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan 27 at the Family Services Center, 901 Ave. B in Brownwood. “Money Matters, as the name suggests, is an educational financial wellness workshop, which will address healthy saving and spending habits, credit matters and […]

Texas Native Seeds project expanding to meet demand ecosystem restoration

STEPHENVILLE – The statewide search for seeds from native Texas grasses and forbs is expected to expand to East Texas in 2018, according to Texas A&M researchers. Forrest Smith, the Dan L. Duncan Endowed director of the Texas Native Seeds project for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, said the interest […]

AgriLife Extension names new Runnels County agent

BALLINGER – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has named Marty Vahlenkamp the new county agent for agriculture and natural resources in Runnels County effective Jan. 15. The announcement was made by Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard and Marty Gibbs, AgriLife Extension administrator in San Angelo. “We are pleased to have Marty join us here […]

Publications now available on two Edwards Plateau, Concho Valley grass invaders from Mexico

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has new publications on two opportunistic and invasive grasses from Mexico now spreading into some Edwards Plateau and Concho Valley pastures, said Dr. Morgan Russell, lead author of both publications. Russell, AgriLife Extension range specialist at San Angelo, said the culprits are Mexican needlegrass, which is […]

Lice in cattle herds can bite producer profits

OVERTON – A common wintertime pest in cattle herds – lice – can suck money from producers’ pockets, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton. Banta said lice can infest cattle throughout the year, but more problems are seen from December to March.  “As the weather gets colder, cows […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Research invests $179 million to lead agriculture research for fifth year

COLLEGE STATION – Whether it’s remote sensing tools or developing better water strategies for rural or urban areas, Texas A&M AgriLife Research is putting more research dollars to work faster than any agricultural entity across the nation, according to officials. AgriLife Research led the nation in agricultural research expenditures for fiscal year 2016 with more […]

Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting features discussions of meat trends

COLLEGE STATION – Texas barbecue owners and pitmasters from across the Lone Star state gathered at Texas A&M University in College Station recently for the Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting. About 50 people were in attendance, receiving updates on livestock and meat markets for beef, pork, chicken and turkey by Dr. David Anderson, Texas […]

Prescribed fire practitioners have new tools at their fingertips

SAN ANGELO – As prescribed fire gains popularity as a range management tool, so does the need for up-to-the-minute information. To meet the growing need, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service developed a prescribed burning handbook funded by the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute.   “Professional prescribed fire practitioners in Texas are very good at […]