News and Updates

Bountiful rains bring abundant weeds; wildfires sure to follow


AMARILLO – Record rainfall will almost certainly lead to a dangerous wildfire year if proper management actions are not taken before everything dries down, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “But the downside is we’ve built up fuel loads where wildfire can travel fast across the countryside and across roadways once the […]

Aggie Turf website to help professionals and novices alike screen capture

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of soil and crop sciences have recently launched a new turfgrass management website designed to assist homeowners, weekend warriors and professional turf managers. includes information on 12 major Texas turfgrass species, more than 110 common weeds and insects, and will be the host site of […]

Veterans helping veterans into agriculture


Three military veterans working at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco are especially interested in an upcoming meeting designed to help fellow veterans become involved in agriculture as a career. All three agree that making the transition to civilian life is not easy and are anxious to help present agriculture as […]

Giant spider webs make another appearance in Dallas area


While traveling down CA Roan Drive in Rowlett recently, people have been exposed to an “eerie” sight on a number of trees lining that  route, said Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist in Dallas. “CA Roan Drive is a quiet stretch of road running through Lakeside Park South in the Dallas suburb of […]

Natural cocktail used to prevent, treat disease of wine grapes


It’s happy hour at a lab in College Station. The cocktail of choice, developed by scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is one that stops or prevents the deadly Pierce’s disease on wine grapes. The discovery could turn a new leaf on the multimillion-dollar U.S. wine industry. Hear, hear. The study, published in the academic […]

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 […]