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

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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

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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 […]

Third equine West Nile virus positive for 2016 confirmed

The map depicts the county seat for Denton, Limestone and Erath counties, not the exact location of the positive case.

The third positive case of an equine contracting West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed July 20 at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL). The case is in Denton County, in North Texas. The first two cases, confirmed earlier this year, were located in Limestone County and Erath County. In 2015, TVMDL confirmed 40 […]

‘Growing good kids’ books recognized

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COLLEGE STATION – The “Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Award” has been conferred on three books, according to the American Horticultural Society and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s International Junior Master Gardener program. The award recognizes children’s books that effectively promote an appreciation for gardening, plants and the environment, according to […]