News and Updates

TVMDL Amarillo offers PEDV IFA


The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo now offers an immunofluorescence assay (IFA) test for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDV). The PEDV IFA allows TVMDL diagnosticians to detect antibodies to the virus using a minimum of 0.5 – 1.00cc serum. The test cost is $8 in state and $9.60 for out-of-state testing, and […]

Report: U.S. beef cow inventory increased 2 percent from 2014

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Rebuilding gaining momentum U.S. beef cow inventory increased 2 percent from a year ago, signaling expansion among herds across the nation, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service cattle report. “I thought the report showed more beef cows added than I expected,” said Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Partnership in Congo Focuses On Peace-Building


The Center on Conflict and Development (ConDev) at Texas A&M University and its partner The Congo Peace Center (CPC) moved their mission for peace-building in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) forward with the signing of an act of community unity at a meeting in the Congolese town of Rutshuru. The act declared a commitment […]

Institute-led initiative receives $2.3 million grant to address water quantity, quality in Lower Rio Grande Valley


A Texas Water Resources Institute-led initiative has received a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to address water quantity and water quality concerns in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Improvement Initiative is being funded through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new […]

Texas A&M cotton study identifies fiber length, strength traits


Ongoing effort to utilize genotyping in cotton breeding advancements Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department and Texas A&M AgriLife Research are looking at using molecular tools as a solution to the world cotton market’s demand for longer, stronger fibers for spinning and weaving. Dr. Wayne Smith, associate soil and crops sciences department head […]

Texas Comptroller Hegar praises Texas A&M AgriLife service to state


New Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar told more than 600 people at the Texas A&M AgriLife conference this week that their example of honesty, character and integrity is what makes state legislators willing to listen to requests aimed at helping people across the state. Hegar, a former state senator from Houston, said information gleaned from Texas […]

Dog Owners Urged to Learn About Distemper Amid Outbreak

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) December 15, 2014 — The canine distemper outbreak that is centered in Amarillo, Texas, has only escalated since it began this summer. Canine distemper is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus that is related to the measles virus that affects humans. Because the distemper virus has a high […]