News and Updates

Two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis confirmed in Texas


The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) confirmed Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in three horses in East Texas. The horses were from separate facilities, one in Newton County, one in Liberty County and one in Orange County. The Orange County case is approximately 10 miles from an EEE case that occurred in 2014. EEE […]

Texas A&M awarded $3.1 million for transformational energy technology


Production costs of bioenergy crops such as sorghum have kept it from growing into a secure, sustainable source of energy. But a new project led by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder is aimed at changing that. AgriLife Research, along with Carnegie Mellon University, was recently awarded $3.1 million in funding from the U.S. […]

84th Legislative Session Wrap Up


The 84th Legislative Session was a successful one for Texas A&M AgriLife. The agencies will receive $31 million in new funding, as well as maintain $51 million in funding from previous requests. We should each take an opportunity to thank this year’s outstanding legislators for their support. The amount of time they invested in reviewing […]

Awards and Achievements

Deffibaugh recieves prestigious Smokey Bear Award June 30 – Steve Deffibaugh, a seasonal resource specialist for the Texas A&M Forest Service was awarded the Bronze Smokey Bear Award on Wednesday, June 24 during the Southern Group of State Foresters annual meeting in San Antonio.The personal connection between Deffibaugh and Smokey Bear made this year’s win […]

TVMDL helps make cattle history


The opportunity to take part in a historic event does not come along every day, but recently professionals at the Texas A&M Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) were able to not only observe history in the making, but facilitated the event. In May, 156 cattle flew from the Port of Miami in Florida to Latacunga, Ecuador. […]

Rainwater harvesting getting new flood of interest after recent rains


With the recent abundance of rain, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist who presents rainwater harvesting programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and elsewhere in the state, has been “flooded” with calls from people interested in water collection and conservation. “Many people I’ve spoken to feel they have missed a golden opportunity to […]

Plan My Land Operation Online Tool Now Available

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Want to put in a road on your land? Protect your water resources? Enhance wildlife, harvest trees or clear vegetation? Texas A&M Forest Service’s newest online tool, Plan My Land Operation, is designed to help you protect your property and ensure sustainability as you begin your next land improvement project. Geared toward landowners, contractors and […]

Helman joins TVMDL as Amarillo Resident Director


On August 3, R. Gayman Helman, DVM, PhD, MA, joins the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) as resident director for the agency’s Amarillo location. The hire is a result of an exhaustive, national search to fill this important vacancy in the Texas Panhandle. Dr. Helman comes to TVMDL from IDEXX Laboratories, where he […]

AgriLife Research engineer develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype


Eventually, chip-based device should detect pathogen within minutes COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. “We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria in a 25-gram sample of […]