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Texans get to celebrate ‘Holiday for Trees’

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Texans across the Lone Star State are invited to celebrate Arbor Day Nov. 4. Arbor Day is a holiday for trees – it is the perfect day to plant trees and to celebrate all the ways that trees enrich our lives, communities and landscapes. In Texas, the official state Arbor Day celebration is held in […]

The local resource you should be using way more often

Roses were the first part of the Earth-Kind program. Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer/The Dallas Morning News

Ask AgriLife. That’s pretty much the answer to any gardening or housekeeping question. The agency, officially named Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension has information and research on virtually every home and garden question. The agency, with 250 offices statewide, maintains hundreds of Web pages with information on subjects as varied as using drones to look […]

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

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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

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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, […]