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As the nation’s largest, most comprehensive agriculture program, Texas A&M AgriLife brings together a college and four state agencies focused on agriculture and life sciences within The Texas A&M University System. With over 5,000 employees, and a presence in every county across the state, Texas A&M AgriLife is uniquely positioned to improve lives, environments and the Texas economy through educat

As the nation’s largest, most comprehensive agriculture program, Texas A&M AgriLife brings together a college and four state agencies focused on agriculture and life sciences within The Texas A&M University System. With over 5,000 employees, and a presence in every county across the state, Texas A&M AgriLife is uniquely positioned to improve lives, environments and the Texas economy through educat

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For over a century, Texas A&M AgriLife scientists at the Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory have produced vol...
07/27/2021
Texas A&M: A wool leader for more than a century | AgriLife Today

For over a century, Texas A&M AgriLife scientists at the Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory have produced volumes of research that have shaped both the U.S. and global fiber industry. The newly expanded laboratory includes state-of-the-art machinery and technology that will further support this legacy of service to American wool and mohair producers. https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2021/07/23/texas-am-a-wool-leader-for-more-than-a-century/

AgriLife's Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Lab is a part of Texas A&M's rich history of 100 years of service to the animal fiber industry.

Dr. Chavez's research has the potential to save lives, positively impact U.S. healthcare, and provide security for lives...
07/22/2021
Texas A&M entomologist wages war on ticks | AgriLife Today

Dr. Chavez's research has the potential to save lives, positively impact U.S. healthcare, and provide security for livestock producers resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars recouped. We're proud to have her among the esteemed faculty of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. #TAMUBugs #tamu

Adela Chavez, Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist, is on the front-line in the battle against diseases spread by ticks.

Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences consistently produces graduates ready to tackle a divers...
07/16/2021

Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences consistently produces graduates ready to tackle a diverse array of the world’s challenges. The multitude of innovative learning experiences available to students supports AgriLife’s goal to lead through influential, science-based solutions that positively impact the human, environmental, and economic health of the world. #tamu

Texas A&M AgriLife is committed to developing evidence-based solutions to the most pressing issues threatening our state...
07/12/2021
How Climate Change Is Affecting The Future Of Food

Texas A&M AgriLife is committed to developing evidence-based solutions to the most pressing issues threatening our state. Watch as several Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts explain how advancements in technology can help address the impact of climate change on Texas agriculture and beyond. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/how-climate-change-is-affecting-the-future-of-food/2676923/ NBC DFW

Scientists say climate change is having an impact on the food we eat. Farmers who grow your food are facing challenges from extreme weather events and scientists right now are studying how rising levels of carbon dioxide are affecting nutrition levels.

In 2018, Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases partnered with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations...
07/09/2021
FAO launches first In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET) training in Kenya

In 2018, Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases partnered with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other collaborators to launch the Frontline In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET) program to serve 14 countries across West, Central, and East Africa. This week, ISAVET welcomed the first Kenyan cohort to the program. The veterinary professionals in the cohort will receive essential training to detect and respond to zoonotic viral threats before they cause immense health, economic and socio-political harm. Read more at https://www.cnbcafrica.com/2021/fao-launches-first-in-service-applied-veterinary-epidemiology-training-isavet-training-in-kenya/

Download logoThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today launched the frontline In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET) for the first Kenyan cohort of veterinarians and para-veterinary professionals. In collaboration with the Director of Veterinary Se...

More and more consumers are looking to purchase their beef direct from the farm. At the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Extens...
07/07/2021
Beef With a Story to It

More and more consumers are looking to purchase their beef direct from the farm. At the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Stiles Farm Field Day, producers learned more about how they can tap into this growing trend of the beef production segment. https://www.drovers.com/news/industry/beef-story-it #cattleranch #beefcattle

Niche market for ranch-raised beef on the rise.

It's estimated that 19,500 fires were caused by #fireworks in 2018! Keep your family, and your home or vehicle, safe thi...
07/02/2021
Texans should be safe, careful this Fourth of July weekend | AgriLife Today

It's estimated that 19,500 fires were caused by #fireworks in 2018! Keep your family, and your home or vehicle, safe this weekend by following these firework safety tips from Texas A&M Forest Service. Read more at tx.ag/StaySafeOverJulyFourth2021 #july4th

Texas A&M Forest Service encourages care with outdoor activities that could spark fire over July Fourth weekend.

Dr. Chris Kerth is a different type of grill master. As a researcher in the Texas A&M University - College of Agricultur...
06/28/2021
The Science Behind Grilling the Perfect Steak

Dr. Chris Kerth is a different type of grill master. As a researcher in the Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Animal Science, he studies the Maillard reaction, a complex chemical reaction that gives a seared steak its signature aroma and flavor. Check out how you can use Dr. Kerth’s research to grill the perfect steak this #July4th weekend at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/science-behind-grilling-perfect-steak-180978054/ Texas A&M Animal Science

Want to learn how cooking transforms beef’s flavor? Meat scientists have the answers.

Texas A&M Forest Service personnel have been deployed throughout the Nation in response to increased wildfire activity. ...
06/24/2021

Texas A&M Forest Service personnel have been deployed throughout the Nation in response to increased wildfire activity. Across Texas, fire potential remains low. “We are glad to be in the position to assist other states” said Wes Moorehead, Texas A&M Forest Service assistant director. Learn more at tx.ag/TAMFSMobilizedJune2021

25 Texas A&M Forest Service overhead personnel and operational fire resources, including two engine crews, are currently deployed to wildfire incidents in Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico and Florida.

Texas state resources are supporting wildfire suppression efforts in multiple roles, including firefighter, engine support, prevention team members, aviation operations and support roles.

Across Texas, fire potential remains low due to recent rainfall and increased greenness of vegetation. However, Texans should remain diligent with any outdoor activities that may cause a spark.

Learn more about about the out-of-state wildfire response at https://bit.ly/3qauFMB. For more information on Texas A&M Forest Service wildfire resources, follow Lone Star State Incident Management Team - Texas A&M Forest Service

Due to the most recent detection of cases of chronic wasting disease at deer breeding facilities, an emergency order to ...
06/23/2021
Testing for chronic wasting disease | AgriLife Today

Due to the most recent detection of cases of chronic wasting disease at deer breeding facilities, an emergency order to restrict deer movement across the state has been enacted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Animal Health Commission. In response, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) stands ready to help ranchers and breeders evaluate the health of their animals.

More about their testing processes at tx.ag/ChronicWastingDisease.

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory tests thousands of samples annually for chronic wasting disease.

We want to wish The Gardens at Texas A&M University a very happy third birthday!The unique space provided by the Leach T...
06/15/2021

We want to wish The Gardens at Texas A&M University a very happy third birthday!

The unique space provided by the Leach Teaching Gardens offers...
🎉 students from Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences a safe, outdoor space to gather
🎉 scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife Research an outdoor laboratory to solve some of the world's greatest agricultural mysteries
🎉 extension specialists and agents from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service a platform to reconnect the Texas A&M University campus and Brazos Valley with nature

To follow along with their month-long birthday celebration, visit tx.ag/gardensbday!

#Bacteriophage therapy is a precision treatment of bacterial infections that use viruses that only infect and kill the b...
06/08/2021
AgriLife Research develops treatment for Pierce’s disease| AgriLife Today

#Bacteriophage therapy is a precision treatment of bacterial infections that use viruses that only infect and kill the bacterium, which is considered a promising alternative to antibiotics for treating infections in humans, animals and plants.

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has led to the discovery of the first curative and preventive bacteriophage treatment against a pathogen that causes deadly Pierce’s disease in grapevines.

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https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2021/05/28/texas-am-agrilife-research-develops-bacteriophage-treatment-for-pierces-disease/

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has led to the development of the first bacteriophage treatment for Pierce’s disease in grapevines.

Due to a myriad of factors, consumers are seeing higher prices at the local grocery store. These higher prices showcase ...
06/04/2021

Due to a myriad of factors, consumers are seeing higher prices at the local grocery store. These higher prices showcase the result of a perfect storm of short- and long-term retractions, disruptions, disasters and wide fluctuations in supply and demand.

And that’s just the shortlist, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist ⬇

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Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University

Noticing higher prices on your grocery bill?

The COVID-19 pandemic, a series of natural disasters and wide fluctuations in supply and demand are just a few of the factors contributing to increased prices for beef, poultry, fish, dairy items and household products. 📈

#AgriLifeExtension economists weigh in on how the agricultural supply chain disruptions and other events have affected the food we eat. ⬇️

tx.ag/HigherFoodPrices

Is carbon farming, and the respective agricultural practices, economically sustainable?“The idea behind carbon farming i...
06/01/2021
Is carbon farming the 'crop' of the future? | AgriLife Today

Is carbon farming, and the respective agricultural practices, economically sustainable?

“The idea behind carbon farming is pretty simple — remove excess carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, where it will facilitate plant growth." - Katie Lewis, Ph.D. with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, a soil fertility scientist in Texas A&M Soil & Crop Sciences.

https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2021/05/27/is-carbon-the-crop-of-the-future/

Changes in the environment, government policy and other factors have led to a greater interest in the possibilities of carbon farming.

On this #WorldHungerDay, we highlight the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation at the Borlaug Insti...
05/28/2021

On this #WorldHungerDay, we highlight the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. This ten-year research program responds to the challenge of how to increase the use of small-scale irrigation in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

Learn more about their mission at https://buff.ly/34nFgdm.
#AccessEndsHunger

On this #WorldHungerDay, we highlight the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. This ten-year research program responds to the challenge of how to increase the use of small-scale irrigation in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

Learn more about their mission at https://buff.ly/34nFgdm.
#AccessEndsHunger

As of May 2020, the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) has been detected in six Texas counties including Harrison, ...
05/27/2021

As of May 2020, the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) has been detected in six Texas counties including Harrison, Cass, Marion, Tarrant, Denton, and Bowie counties.

The Texas A&M Forest Service continues to monitor this destructive, non‐native wood‐boring ash tree pest and protect Texas.

05/24/2021
12th Man Coffee

Everyone, say a big "howdy" to Texas A&M University's newest coffee: 12th Man Coffee! With this coffee project, Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture will be able to support its Center for Coffee Research and Education and small coffee farmers in Central America.

Learn more about the coffee project at tx.ag/12thManCoffee.

A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence is a university-based group that focuses on certain mission areas...
05/18/2021
Texas A&M AgriLife groups showcase biological threat work| AgriLife Today

A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence is a university-based group that focuses on certain mission areas related to the safety of the U.S.

Texas A&M AgriLife is proud to have two Centers of Excellence. The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases is an emeritus Center of Excellence and Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense is a current Center of Excellence.

As such, experts from both these groups will be showcasing their recent efforts to help keep the nation and U.S. agriculture safe from biological threats during a major Department of Homeland Security summit on May 19-20.

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Two Texas A&M AgriLife groups will showcase their biological threat work during a major Department of Homeland Security summit May 19-20.

05/17/2021
Texas Apiary Inspection Service

Texas is one of the largest migratory beekeeping states with approximately 180 commercial migratory beekeepers coming to Texas at least once a year. Learn how Texas A&M AgriLife Research and RELLIS Campus are serving this unique industry through the Texas Apiary Inspection Service at tx.ag/QATAIS.

Texas agriculture is out of this world. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Prairie View...
05/10/2021
Texas A&M AgriLife, NASA explore potential collaborative interests |

Texas agriculture is out of this world.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Prairie View A&M University, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center Human Health and Performance Directorate, NASA Human Research Program and Translational Research Institute for Space Health, experts from across the state are positioned to explore new frontiers in understanding the importance of food, food safety and food systems both on Earth and in space.

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AgriLife and NASA recently explored further research opportunities in human space flight during an online symposium.

A common practice within the horse industry meant to strengthen the bones of mature horses could actually lead to bone b...
05/06/2021

A common practice within the horse industry meant to strengthen the bones of mature horses could actually lead to bone breakdown in juvenile horses. Experts from Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Research investigate with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. #NIFAimpacts

Learn more about this ongoing research at tx.ag/BisphosphonateRisk.

A common practice within the horse industry meant to strengthen the bones of mature horses could actually lead to bone breakdown in juvenile horses. Experts from Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Research investigate with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. #NIFAimpacts

Learn more about this ongoing research at tx.ag/BisphosphonateRisk.

04/30/2021
The Making of a Moon Tree

The Moon Tree at The Gardens at Texas A&M University is ‘Planting the Seed of Inspiration' on the Texas A&M University campus, thanks to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

To further strengthen partnerships among Texas A&M AgriLife and agriculture industry stakeholders across Texas, we are h...
04/28/2021

To further strengthen partnerships among Texas A&M AgriLife and agriculture industry stakeholders across Texas, we are happy to announce Chris Skaggs, Ph.D., as the new associate vice chancellor for producer relations.

tx.ag/VCProducerRelations

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To further strengthen partnerships among Texas A&M AgriLife and agriculture industry stakeholders across Texas, we are happy to announce Chris Skaggs, Ph.D., as the new associate vice chancellor for producer relations.

tx.ag/VCProducerRelations

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Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL)

We want to wish a very happy Earth Day to all those who spend their lifetime conserving our natural resources through re...
04/22/2021

We want to wish a very happy Earth Day to all those who spend their lifetime conserving our natural resources through research, education and production!

We want to wish a very happy Earth Day to all those who spend their lifetime conserving our natural resources through research, education and production!

04/20/2021

Striving to improve the nutritional value while maintaining the classic nutritious and flavorful components that we know and love, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences scientists at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station are using a “table-to-farm” approach to create a safer, healthier and more sustainable melon supply chain in the U.S. by considering consumer preference at the dinner table. Learn more at tx.ag/MelonSupplyChain

“Beyond beautification, trees are effective and efficient solutions to some of the challenges people and cities face.” F...
04/19/2021
San Antonio’s trees are working for the city | AgriLife Today

“Beyond beautification, trees are effective and efficient solutions to some of the challenges people and cities face.”

For example, the urban forest in San Antonio...
🌳 removes more than 6,500 tons of air pollution, which saves $63 million in health costs
🌳 reduces stormwater runoff by over 380 million cubic feet
🌳 saves residents $22 million in energy costs each year

Thanks to the most recent Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis, FIA, experts can start to measure the impact trees have on urban ecosystems. Learn more about tx.ag/FIAsurvey.

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San Antonio’s trees work to reduce air pollution, temperatures and stormwater runoff, while storing carbon and improving human health.

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As the nation’s largest, most comprehensive agriculture program, Texas A&M AgriLife brings together a college and four state agencies focused on agriculture and life sciences within The Texas A&M University System. With over 5,000 employees, and a presence in every county across the state, Texas A&M AgriLife is uniquely positioned to improve lives, environments and the Texas economy through education, research, extension and service. As a member of the land-grant system, AgriLife strives to be responsive to all Texans and improve lives, environments and the Texas economy through education, research, extension and service.

Texas A&M AgriLife is comprised of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Furthermore, AgriLife often collaborates with Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and West Texas A&M University as well as with other public and private partners. AgriLife Today, the official newsroom, reports news and updates from across the AgriLife system.

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