Texas A&M AgriLife

Texas A&M AgriLife: A Diverse Organization

What is AgriLife? It’s a simple word for a diverse organization. With teaching, research, extension, laboratory, and service facilities throughout Texas, the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the four Texas A&M AgriLife agencies serve people of all ages and backgrounds and are a cornerstone of one of the state’s premier institutions of higher education.

We’re problem solvers. Collaborating with members of The Texas A&M University System statewide — as well as with other public and private partners —  we take on today’s most critical issues in agricultural production and economics, environmental stewardship, animal and public health, and energy development for the future.

Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
From long-established majors such as horticulture and animal science to newer programs such as forensics and ecosystem sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is widely recognized as a leader in dozens of academic disciplines. Our award-winning faculty members are discovering the fuels of the future, unlocking genetic mysteries to cure diseases, and working to ensure the safety, nutritional value, and abundance of our food supply. Together, we are protecting our environment, improving our health, enriching our youth, feeding our world, and growing our economy.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research and technology development agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences. The agency has 550 doctoral-level scientists spanning many disciplines, from genetics and genomics to air and water quality. Through collaborations with other institutions and agencies, commodity groups, and private industry, AgriLife Research is helping to strengthen the state’s position in the global marketplace by meeting modern challenges through innovative solutions.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
A unique education agency with 26 million teaching contacts and a statewide network of professional educators, volunteers, and county offices, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reaches into every Texas county to address local priority needs. Current efforts include mitigating drought impacts and conserving water use in homes, landscapes, and production agriculture as well as improving emergency management, food security, and human diet and health. Texas 4-H, the agency’s primary youth program, engages nearly 600,000 youth every year in learning projects, leadership development, and community service.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) offers a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic tests that deliver accurate results promptly and affordably. Veterinarians, animal owners, animal industries, and government agencies depend on TVMDL’s globally recognized expertise to help protect state and national agricultural, companion animal, and public health sectors. TVMDL is among 12 core laboratories in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, a group of state and regional laboratories designed to provide a nationwide surge-testing, response, and recovery capacity in the event of an animal disease outbreak.

Texas A&M Forest Service
The Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) is recognized as a leader in defining forestry for the future of Texas and the nation. Its applied programs include forest and tree development; wildfire prevention, mitigation, and protection; urban and community forestry; and a host of innovative forest sustainability programs. TFS works to ensure the state’s forests, trees, and related natural resources are conserved and continue to provide a sustainable flow of environmental and economic benefits. TFS is also the incident management agency for all-hazard responses, including state disasters such as the 2011 wildfire season and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. Through its Texas Wildfire Protection Plan, TFS is increasing the number of personnel and emergency response resources throughout the state.