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Experts: Shrimp imports depress market prices and pose health risks


PORT ISABEL —  Wholesale shrimp prices are falling due to cheaper foreign imports that marine experts say could be harmful to human health. “Shrimpers are getting roughly half of what they were last year for their catch, which is creating both an economic problem and a health issue,” said Tony Reisinger, a Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Salt marsh on Texas coast gets an AgriLife Research helping hand


COLLEGE STATION – Troubled salt marshes, a crucial component of the Texas coast, recently got a helping hand from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M University. The work was coordinated by Dr. Rusty Feagin, an AgriLife Research coastal scientist in the Coastal Ecology and Management Lab, part of the department of ecosystem science and […]

Livestock producers urged to watch for toxic plants


COLLEGE STATION – Extreme heat and dry conditions can lead to a shortage of grass, and an opportunity to consume toxic plants and forages found in Texas rangelands. Livestock producers should be aware of potential pitfalls, according to a Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory expert. Dr. Tam Garland, head of the lab’s toxicology section […]

Youth organizations helping under-served kids ‘Imagine Science’


DALLAS – 4-H was one of four national youth organizations collaborating recently to help underserved middle-school age children in Dallas “imagine science” through free camps emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Imagine Science is a collaboration between the National 4-H Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girls Inc. and the National Council of the […]

Bountiful rains bring abundant weeds; wildfires sure to follow


AMARILLO – Record rainfall will almost certainly lead to a dangerous wildfire year if proper management actions are not taken before everything dries down, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “But the downside is we’ve built up fuel loads where wildfire can travel fast across the countryside and across roadways once the […]

Aggie Turf website to help professionals and novices alike screen capture

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of soil and crop sciences have recently launched a new turfgrass management website designed to assist homeowners, weekend warriors and professional turf managers. includes information on 12 major Texas turfgrass species, more than 110 common weeds and insects, and will be the host site of […]

Veterans helping veterans into agriculture


Three military veterans working at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco are especially interested in an upcoming meeting designed to help fellow veterans become involved in agriculture as a career. All three agree that making the transition to civilian life is not easy and are anxious to help present agriculture as […]

Giant spider webs make another appearance in Dallas area


While traveling down CA Roan Drive in Rowlett recently, people have been exposed to an “eerie” sight on a number of trees lining that  route, said Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist in Dallas. “CA Roan Drive is a quiet stretch of road running through Lakeside Park South in the Dallas suburb of […]