News and Updates

Young drivers stop for RED in Brazos Valley


Reality Education for Drivers program seeks to reduce teen motor vehicle injuries, death COLLEGE STATION – A Reality Education for Drivers, or RED, program led by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is providing a wake-up call for youth in the Brazos Valley area on the consequences of reckless and irresponsible driving. “What we’re doing […]

Expert: Beware of insect pests that can reduce your home’s value


DALLAS – With arthropods being the most diverse and successful organisms on the planet, it shouldn’t be a surprise that insects and their relatives have been highly successful at invading our homes, said Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist in Dallas. “Insects have evolved along with humans, actually becoming specialists at […]

Summer-dormant cool-season grasses good option for perennial pastures

VERNON – The past El Nino autumn and winter offered a good opportunity to establish pastures of summer-dormant tall fescue in Texas and Oklahoma, according to Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research forage agronomist and plant breeder in Vernon. “A number of producers inquired about the availability of summer-dormant tall fescue seed last […]

Livestock guardian dogs come to area ranches


Year-long project involves seven ranches, 22 dogs SAN ANGELO – The West Texas sheep and goat industry will soon be “going to the dogs” if a team of Texas A&M AgriLife experts has their way. Dr. Reid Redden and Dr. John Tomecek, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state sheep and goat specialist and wildlife specialist, respectively, […]

Texas A&M Forest Service Interactive 3D Wildfire Stimulation Presentations


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Want to learn how your community can manage a wildfire incident? The newest learning tool in wildland fire and all-hazard management is set to be showcased at Lone Star College-Montgomery in the Woodlands. Simtable uses geographic data and a variety of colorful and interactive features to project customized landscapes onto a […]

Early warm weather could be a double whammy for fruit growers


Low chilling hours plus unseasonably temperatures a ‘hot-topic’ at conference NACOGDOCHES – Unseasonably warm weather, up to the mid-70s and even low-80s, can be a double whammy for growers of peaches, blueberries, blackberries and other fruit crops, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “This heat wave we’re currently having in East Texas […]

Popped sorghum making its way onto snack scene


AgriLife Research breeding to improve quality COLLEGE STATION – Orville Redenbacher might not have envisioned grain sorghum in his air poppers, but the niche snack is finding its way onto U.S. grocery shelves, and a Texas A&M AgriLife Research program is conducting research into the genetic inheritance of popping in grain sorghum. Dr. Bill Rooney, […]

Study shows DFW metroplex generates significant agricultural production


DALLAS — A new study shows between 2007 and 2012, farms and farmland increased by nearly 10 percent in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, said Dr. Blake Bennett, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in Dallas. “While most people think skyscrapers, pavement and urban congestion when they think about the DFW metroplex, the fact is agriculture […]