News and Updates

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 […]

Grand Challenges: Grants Awarded and Mini-Symposia Selected for 2016

In 2013, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences established the Grand Challenges, a faculty-driven, interdisciplinary initiative to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems.  Three years later, the Grand Challenges continue to be a vital segment of the College’s land-grant mission. Now, more than ever, the research conducted across our College and agencies is […]

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 […]

Hybrid wheat time has come


AgriLife Research breeder expects releases within five years COLLEGE STATION – There’s growing interest in hybrid wheat and Dr. Amir Ibrahim, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder in College Station, believes the time is right to make it available. Ibrahim has been working toward the development of hybrid wheat varieties since 2013, but wheat […]

Restoration comes to the orchard at historic Texas site


WINEDALE — Scott Willey answered the phone at his office one day about seven years ago when yet another person called wanting to know about fruit production. Relatively new on the job as Fayette County agent for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Willey had noted the growing interest and was trying to figure out […]

Study shows dried plums provide protection from bone loss due to radiation


COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Nancy Turner, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in College Station, was one of a team of researchers who recently studied different interventions to protect from radiation-induced bone loss. Their paper, “Dried Plum Protects from Bone Loss Caused by Iodizing Radiation,” was recently published in Scientific Reports and can be found […]

Animal science department mourns loss of equine professor


COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Josie Coverdale, associate professor in equine science in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, passed away Feb. 13 from complications due to injuries sustained from a car accident. Coverdale, 38, taught undergraduate and graduate courses in equine nutrition. She also directed research in equine nutrition with an interest […]