News and Updates

AgriLife Extension slates farm bill educational programs for Coastal Bend

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CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has scheduled a series of educational programs throughout the Coastal Bend region to help agricultural producers make informed decisions about the new 2014 farm bill. Classes are free and include information on using online decision tools from the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M […]

Brazilian veterinarians tour TVMDL

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As part of a joint training program between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, eight veterinarians from Brazil toured the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station. USDA APHIS sponsors these visiting scientists through the Cochran Fellowship Program, which provides […]

NASA sponsors AgriLife research of drought-stricken trees

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Severe drought across Texas since 2011 has produced a unique opportunity for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists to gain a greater understanding of the decaying process of trees and the effects on the surrounding ecosystem. Digital three-dimensional model of forest trees generated by Dr. Sorin Popescu with the terrestrial lidar scanner. The color is associated […]

AgriLife Extension adds two new quail apps

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Effort is part of statewide Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has added two new quail management apps to their growing tally of electronic resources for tech-savvy wildlife managers. “These  apps are free and tailored to iPhone, iPad and iTouch users,” said Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist and […]

Irrigation auditing/scheduling software migrates to ‘the cloud’

Irrigation auditing/scheduling software migrates to ‘the cloud’

A newly launched website will allow persons to audit an irrigation system completely from the field using mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service engineer. “This is a major upgrade to the current software used for landscape irrigation auditing and producing of irrigation schedules,” said Dr. […]

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

When it comes to handling livestock, observing the little things can make for a more pleasant experience – both for the animal and the livestock, according to Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor and animal scientist. “I stress to students the need to be observant,” said Grandin, who has advised ranchers, feedlots and meat […]

Beckham completes successful tenure as TVMDL director

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For the last six years, Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, PhD, has served as the director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL). Since 2010, she has served in dual roles, also working as the director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). On September 4, 2014, Dr. Beckham will leave the diagnostic […]