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 […]

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 […]

Give poinsettias a healthy home for the holidays and beyond

OVERTON – The bright, crimson red holiday ornamental plant staple – the poinsettia – has a few needs to help it thrive throughout the holidays, according to Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton.  “Poinsettia care for the holidays is pretty straightforward,” he said. “When people pick them up, they’re ready for […]

Chapkin appointed to Allen Chair in nutrition at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Robert S. Chapkin has been appointed to the William W. Allen Chair in Nutrition at Texas A&M University in College Station. Chapkin is also a Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Program in Integrative Nutrition and Complex Diseases, as well as a Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty […]

State climatologist: Dry conditions could worsen for much of Texas

COLLEGE STATION – October and November were two of the driest Octobers and Novembers on record, and much of the state appears to be facing a continued dry spell through winter, according to the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said conditions were excessively dry throughout the typically wet fall months, and dry conditions […]

Small ruminant management workshop Jan. 6 in Bryan

BRYAN – A small ruminant management workshop is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Brazos County Expo Center, 5207 Leonard Road in Bryan. According to organizers, the workshop will include various presentations by industry specialists. Preregistration is $70 until Dec. 15 and $80 for late registration. The workshop includes a […]

Texas researcher receives Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Award

WESLACO — Scientists are closing in fast on a problem threatening to destroy the world’s orange juice and potato supplies as well as many other foods with a possible solution coming from the root of the issue — hairy roots, to be exact. “The biggest challenge has been that the pathogens that cause citrus greening […]

U.S. agricultural trade fueled by demand, steady yields

BRYAN – U.S. agricultural exports value totaled $135 billion in 2016 and experts anticipate future growth if production yields, trade agreements and borrowing power work in lockstep. “Trade is very, very important,”  Dr. Luis Ribera, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in College Station, told attendees at the Texas Plant Protection Association Conference Dec. 5 […]