News and Updates

FAZD receives $2 million in federal funding for new EPS technology


John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, today announced that the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD) received $2 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to develop a disease-surveillance technology designed to protect U.S. animal agriculture from potentially catastrophic outbreaks of […]

Raspberry crazy ants spread throughout Texas

Rasberry Crazy Ants_Paul Nester

Here in Texas, it’s the fire ant mounds you try to avoid. However, homeowners and businesses are learning about a bigger problem on their hands. They’re known as the raspberry crazy ants, which can cause extensive damage to residential and commercial electrical systems. And experts say there’s no end in sight. “These ants are real […]

AgriLife Extension offers new emergency, disaster materials for Texans with special needs

AgriLife Extension offers new emergency, disaster materials for Texans with special needs

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has produced new informational and educational materials for Texas residents who are underserved or have special needs, said agency experts. The new materials include a recorded emergency/disaster training and educational package that includes PowerPoint presentations, flip charts and fact sheets in English and Spanish. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Awards and Achievements


Please join us in congratulating our faculty, staff, current students and former students on their recent awards and achievements. Jayaprakasha named American Chemical Society Fellow Dr. G.K. Jayaprakasha, a researcher at Texas A&M AgriLife’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center and department of horticultural sciences in College Station, has been selected a Fellow in the American […]

A Land in Balance: Benefits of Prescribed Fire

Texas A&M Forest Service A Land in Balance

Less than two years removed from the worst wildfire season in Texas history, it’s no wonder that when fire is mentioned the first thing that comes to most Texans’ minds is fear. However, fires aren’t always bad. In fact, they can boost the health of the land. For generations, Texans have used prescribed—or “good”—fire to […]

Teens tour TVMDL facility, “investigate” cat’s mysterious illness

Dr. Sneed talks to students

COLLEGE STATION — What’s wrong with Bob the cat? Can Bob be saved? On July 18, students from a Texas A&M University summer program followed a cat’s diagnostic case to learn about how the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) facility in College Station operates. Thirty-two 8th, 9th and 10th graders from across the […]

Texas A&M entomology department marks new construction with naming ceremony

Rollins Urban & Structural Entomology Facility Groundbreaking

Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility honors major benefactor Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Dr. David Ragsdale, 979-845-2516, Dr. Roger Gold, 979-845-5855, COLLEGE STATION – With a groundbreaking, naming ceremony and reception, the Texas A&M University’s department of entomology marked the start of construction of their new Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility at College […]

59th Beef Cattle Short Course: Cattle producers should plan for drought

Cow kicks up dust, photo by Brad Smith, Flicker CC BY-NC 2.0

Texas beef cattle producers should plan for future periods of dry conditions as drought patterns exhibited in the 1950s continue to prevail in current models, according to an expert. “We are still reliving the 1950s drought-producing pattern with periodic breaks,” Brian Bledsoe, a weather forecaster who is featured monthly in Southern Livestock Standard, recently told […]

Pecan Experts from Around the World Gather for the 1st International Pecan Symposium

1st International Symposium on Pecans and Other Carya in Indigenous and Managed Systems

The 1st International Symposium on Pecans and Other Carya in Indigenous and Managed Systems was held in the AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M University College Station campus on July 17-20, 2013. Scientists from around the globe attended to share insight on genetics, biology and physiology, breeding, entomology, economics, disease distribution, irrigation and fertilization. “The […]