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Future Texas agriculture leaders begin two-year study


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

If You Plant a Seed (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife)

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 […]

Two communicators named to guide Texas A&M AgriLife entities

Lara Kohl Burhenn (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife)

­COLLEGE STATION — Two professionals have joined Texas A&M AgriLife to manage marketing and communications plans, according to Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences for the Texas A&M University System. Lara Kohl Burhenn is the new communications and marketing manager for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Jeffrey […]

Joseph Johnson to manage development of The Gardens at Texas A&M University

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COLLEGE STATION — Joseph Johnson has been named program manager for The Gardens at Texas A&M University, according to Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences for The Texas A&M University System. Johnson will oversee the design, construction and maintenance of The Gardens, will  direct interns, volunteers and contractors and […]