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Borlaug Institute collaborating with other agricultural institutions to help Afghan farmers

Dr. Elsa Murano, Norman Borlaug Institute director, visits with an Afghan farm family during an Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project-II project training session at Gul Bagh Farm in Kabul. (Photo courtesy Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture)

COLLEGE STATION — Over the past two years, the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, has been working with other U.S. land-grant universities to help improve the lives and livelihoods of farmers in Afghanistan. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project-II, a three-year $19.8 million […]

New Texas A&M center to protect key international coffee industry

Coffee beans ripening. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Leo Lombardini)

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M University administrators and researchers are stepping up efforts to protect a worldwide multi-billion dollar-a-year industry. Coffee is the main source of income for about 100 million people across the globe. The industry has a retail value estimated at $30-32 billion for the United States alone, reaching $170 billion worldwide, according […]

AgriLife eyes new farming concepts


If you buy a tomato at a local grocery store, odds are it wasn’t grown in Texas. There’s a chance it wasn’t even grown in the United States. But Texas A&M AgriLife is hoping to change that. Researchers there are spearheading a statewide effort — including studies in the Amarillo area — to find ways […]

Texans to celebrate Arbor Day 2016 in the state’s oldest town


Texans to celebrate Arbor Day 2016 in the state’s oldest town Congratulations to the City of Nacogdoches, Texas for being selected as the Texas Arbor Day 2016 host city. Noting their rich history in forestry and designation as a Tree City USA, Texas A&M Forest Service, the Texas Forestry Association and the Texas Chapter of […]

AgConnect® Emergency Exercise showcases system’s value to the food animal industry

Maryn Ptaschinski, DVM, JBS Live Pork senior staff veterinarian; Harry Snelson, AASV director of communications; and Sarah Caffey, MPH, IIAD program coordinator; represent the swine industry as they work with the participating states during the third vignette of the AgConnect® Emergency Exercise.

For animal health officials, producers and veterinarians, a timely, coordinated and effective response to a multi-state animal health emergency is imperative to supporting the continuity of business that food animal industries so heavily rely upon. Earlier this month, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, […]

Future Texas agriculture leaders begin two-year study


COLLEGE STATION – Josh Louder stood in amazement, watching the speed and efficiency of local watermelons being sorted and packed by a team of personnel at a facility near College Station recently. Louder, like many of the 24 agriculture professionals who are part of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program, also known as TALL, had […]

Texas A&M amps up fight against mosquito-borne viruses

Aedes mosquitoes, the principal vectors of Zika virus, are small dark mosquitoes with distinct white bands on the legs. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Mike Merchant)

As reports of Zika become increasingly common in Texas and the U.S., Texas A&M AgriLife Research is putting resources into learning more about making mosquitoes a less effective carrier of viruses. David Ragsdale, professor and head of Texas A&M University’s entomology department, said the addition of researchers Zach Adelman and Kevin Myles to the faculty […]

Beef Cattle Short Course smashes record

International interest in the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course continues to grow with beef producers from eight countries represented at the recent 62nd annual event. “Our international beef producers continue to have great interest in how we produce beef here in Texas, and the beef short course provides comprehensive education that no other venue […]