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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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A big congratulations to AgriLife Research's Bill McCutchen, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center dir...
12/10/2020
McCutchen named National Academy of Inventors Fellow| AgriLife Today

A big congratulations to AgriLife Research's Bill McCutchen, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center director at Stephenville, for being made a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, NAI! McCutchen has over 70 U.S. patents and has been a leading force in intellectual property for The Texas A&M University System.

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Bill McCutchen, Ph.D., a Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center director was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

When a Burleson County producer had almost 20 head of cattle die over the course of one year, Texas A&M AgriLife Extensi...
12/09/2020
Consider Mineral Deficiencies In Cattle Deaths

When a Burleson County producer had almost 20 head of cattle die over the course of one year, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service stepped up to help solve the mystery. After submitting various samples to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) and Texas A&M Extension Service's Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory, the team realized the sudden deaths were due to a mineral imbalance and they were able to work with the producer and local veterinarian to solve the problem.

Mysterious cases like the one above are not uncommon and something that the Texas A&M AgriLife family helps stakeholders with on a regular basis. We are thankful to be able to bring Texans our broad industry expertise and world-renowned diagnostic capabilities to help producers fix some of their most pressing issues.

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Ranchers need to keep in mind that the wrong quantities of minerals can be dangerous or even deadly to cattle, say experts from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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12/07/2020

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As we head into the home stretch of Christmas tree decorating, experts from Texas A&M Forest Service, and across the country, have helped us shed some light on the benefits of real Christmas trees. Did you know that:

🌲 Christmas tree farms are entirely sustainable, and actually have tons of environmental benefits

🚽 The first artificial Christmas tree was made by a toilet-bowl-brush manufacturer that used the same plastic fibers from their brushes as needles for a Christmas tree

🇺🇸 Christmas trees are actually grown in all 50 states!

Check out the Texas A&M Forest Service website for the full article:

https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=31274

12/04/2020
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We are thankful for the hard work of these amazing partners and for those who have helped from our AgriLife family. Thank you for all you do to keep Texas safe.

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The Texas Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, has distributed over 1 million #COVID19 rapid tests and over 75 million masks to schools across Texas.

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the TDEM warehouse operations that make it all possible.

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12/01/2020

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A popular Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program - the Junior Master Gardener Program - turned their iconic Learn,...
11/30/2020
Kids learn to garden virtually in Junior Master Gardener program

A popular Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program - the Junior Master Gardener Program - turned their iconic Learn, Grow, Eat & Go curricula virtual to help children learn about the outside world during the #COVID19 pandemic.

"The Junior Master Gardeners program offers a variety of curricula, with lessons designed to be fun and educational...The virtual lessons and resources are currently free for teachers and their students, as well as parents and others."

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What does a crazy hat have to do with gardening? As part of a new Junior Master Gardener virtual course, kids can...

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11/24/2020

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The newest addition to Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) on the West Texas A&M University campus has b...
11/20/2020
West Texas A&M facilities named after Charles Graham | AgriLife Today

The newest addition to Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) on the West Texas A&M University campus has been named after Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus Charles W. “Doc” Graham ’53, DVM, one of the world’s top equine veterinarians!

The facility, immediately next door to a new Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences building, will include one of only two high-containment, biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratories in Texas specifically designed to test for high-consequence animal diseases that pose a significant threat to the agriculture economy and public health.

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The naming of the Charles W. “Doc” Graham ’53 DVM, The Texas A&M University System Center was approved for West Texas A&M facilities.

The Texas A&M University System named fourteen new Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2019 to 2020 from across t...
11/18/2020
Texas A&M AgriLife's newest Regents Professors, Fellows| AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M University System named fourteen new Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2019 to 2020 from across the System. Five out of these fourteen faculty members came from Texas A&M AgriLife, representing four different AgriLife agencies!

These recognitions are some of the highest commendations in the Texas A&M System. They celebrate an elite level of excellence in research and service that can only be awarded at the System level.

Read more about these exceptional faculty members at tx.ag/GOrLaTl.

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Five Texas A&M AgriLife faculty members have been named Regents Professors or Fellows by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

Oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the U.S. and has been killing oak trees in Central Texas in epi...
11/17/2020

Oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the U.S. and has been killing oak trees in Central Texas in epidemic proportions. The Texas A&M Forest Service urges all Texans to take preventive measures and be cautious when collecting and purchasing firewood.

Helpful tips below.

Oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the U.S. and has been killing oak trees in Central Texas at epidemic proportions. Texas A&M Forest Service urges all Texans, particularly hunters, to take preventative measures and be cautious when collecting and purchasing firewood this time of year to reduce the spread of oak wilt.

🌳 Select well-seasoned firewood.
🌳 Safely store unknown sources of firewood under plastic.
🌳 Destroy diseased red oaks.
🌳 Avoid wounding oaks during vulnerable seasons.
🌳 Paint all oak wounds including pruning cuts.

Learn more on how to prevent the spread of oak wilt at https://bit.ly/35Bkkks.

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have made a discovery that will help combat fastidious pathogens, which cost U.S. agricul...
11/17/2020
Research breakthrough in agricultural plant disease fight| AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have made a discovery that will help combat fastidious pathogens, which cost U.S. agriculture alone billions of dollars annually. This new screening method will expedite solutions for citrus greening and other diseases. #NIFAImpacts

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Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have discovered a way to expedite the discovery of methods for combatting 'fastidious' agricultural diseases.

The Texas A&M University System announced the newest Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2019 to 2020! As we cele...
11/16/2020
Texas A&M System Regents Approve 22 Regents Professors and Regents Fellows - The Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System announced the newest Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2019 to 2020! As we celebrate the fourteen faculty members from across the System who were selected due to their commitment to excellence in research and service, we want to offer a special shoutout to the five faculty members from Texas A&M AgriLife!

If you see them, please congratulate:
- Bhimanagouda Patil, Ph.D., of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- David Threadgill, Ph.D., of Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Ruben Saldaña, Ed.D., of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
- Diane Boellstorff, Ph.D., of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Wes Moorehead of Texas A&M Forest Service

Congratulations to everyone! Read the announcement at tx.ag/LXPhS6o.

Texas A&M System Regents Approve 22 Regents Professors and Regents Fellows by tamus | Nov 12, 2020 | System News BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has designated 15 faculty members and seven agency service, extension or research professionals within th...

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has always believed in the inherent value of their par...
11/13/2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has always believed in the inherent value of their partnerships with academic and research institutions. Since 2014, Texas A&M AgriLife has been working with FAO to develop capacities and build resilience contributing to healthy and sustainable animal production.

Recently, Texas A&M AgriLife was celebrated in a series of new case studies that showcase the importance of academic and research institutions partnering with FAO. Read some of the case studies at http://www.fao.org/partnerships/academia/news/news-article/en/c/1329548/.

Find out more about our partnership with FAO at http://www.fao.org/3/cb1563en/cb1563en.pdf.

When brought into cities and urban areas, natural spaces have the potential to improve well-being, beyond just physical ...
11/09/2020
A walk on the wild side becomes more than just exercise | AgriLife Today

When brought into cities and urban areas, natural spaces have the potential to improve well-being, beyond just physical health.

A new study involving researchers in the Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences notes the emotional connection or calming feeling that accompanies a walk in a park or forest is the result of psychological needs being met.

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The emotional connection or calming feeling that accompanies a walk in a park or forest is the result of psychological needs being met.

Texas, happy Arbor Day!Although the national holiday is in April, it's celebrated in Texas on the first Friday in Novemb...
11/06/2020
Texas Arbor Day Marks Special Opportunity For Tree Appreciation, Planting - Texas A&M Today

Texas, happy Arbor Day!

Although the national holiday is in April, it's celebrated in Texas on the first Friday in November because late fall and winter are the best times to plant trees in the Lone Star State. Texas A&M University celebrates this Texan holiday by sharing tips on successfully planting a tree in Texas and discussing the many ways the university is contributing to the wellbeing of trees and forests.

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Although the national holiday is in April, it's celebrated in Texas the first Friday in November because late fall and winter are the best times to plant trees in the Lone Star State.

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11/02/2020

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Big news from the Texas A&M Forest Service!They released their new app, Tree MD, which will help you answer any and all ...
10/29/2020

Big news from the Texas A&M Forest Service!

They released their new app, Tree MD, which will help you answer any and all questions about potential problems you have with your tree, whether from a disease, an insect or an unknown cause.

Learn more at https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2020/10/27/texas-am-forest-service-launches-treemd-app/.

👉Today, we launched our new TreeMD application to help users quickly identify the root of a tree’s problem, whether it be caused by insects, diseases or other factors.

🌳TreeMD’s main feature is a diagnosis tool which allows users to quickly find results from its vast database.

🕷To celebrate our new app and Halloween, this week we’ll be highlighting some #SpookyBugs found in the app that are scary to trees. Stay tuned and learn more about #TreeMD here: https://texasforestinfo.tamu.edu/treemd/

10/27/2020
Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives

Did you know something as simple as spending more time around trees can have a positive impact on obesity, chronic disease and mental health?

The Texas A&M Forest Service's healthy trees, healthy lives initiative works to increase our society's understanding of how trees positively impact our health. For more information, visit the Texas A&M Forest Service at https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/healthytreeshealthylives/.

Halloween and the rest of the holidays are around the corner! Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind everyon...
10/26/2020
Making holiday gatherings safer amid COVID-19 | AgriLife Today

Halloween and the rest of the holidays are around the corner!

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind everyone to be aware, prepared and take appropriate precautions if and when gathering. For special considerations to take if you are hosting and general guidelines to follow if you are a guest, see below.

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Texas A&M AgriLife experts provide suggestions and guidance on how to make holiday gatherings safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can dietary changes cut methane emissions from cattle? Can producers make small changes to reduce emissions? Joining the...
10/21/2020
Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues

Can dietary changes cut methane emissions from cattle? Can producers make small changes to reduce emissions?

Joining the conversation about what many in the industry are doing to reduce the environmental impact of the beef industry, Kenneth Casey, Ph.D., a scientist at the Texas A&M #AgriLifeResearch and Extension Center in Amarillo, who studies the effects of rainfall on nitrous oxide emissions from manure, discusses how much work there is left to be done.

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The United States is home to 95 million cattle, and changing what they eat could have a significant effect on emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that are warming the world.

10/20/2020
Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture

It is the 50th anniversary of the day Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., former professor of Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was named a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate by Nobel Prize.

Today and every day, we celebrate the work of this incredible world hero and continue his legacy through the work of Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University.

Today, we honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Norman Borlaug being named the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for his revolutionary work in wheat genomics. Check out this tribute by Julie Rhoda Borlaug, Dr. Mukul Bhatia (Texas A&M Geosciences), Our very own Dr. Elsa Murano and Dr. Ignacie Tumushime, Dr. Kiril Dimitrov (Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL)), and Blaze Currie (National FFA Organization).

Our Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Agrilife food heroes are also helping to lead the charge to figure out the most e...
10/16/2020
AgriLife helping set greenhouse gas emissions standards | AgriLife Today

Our Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Agrilife food heroes are also helping to lead the charge to figure out the most efficient ways to our food in an environmentally friendly manner.

In this study, experts from Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are collaborating with Oklahoma State University to establish a baseline for greenhouse gas emissions from sorghum fields.

https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2020/06/22/texas-am-agrilife-helping-set-gold-standard-greenhouse-gas-emissions-measurements-for-department-of-energy/

Greenhouse gas emissions from sorghum fields in the Texas High Plains will be the focus of a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.

10/16/2020
Nobel Prize

On this World Food Day, we are joining the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in highlighting some of our food heroes. Although Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife can proudly claim many alumni and faculty who have made an impact on world hunger through agricultural innovation, none stands as large as Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., former Distinguished Professor of International Agriculture at the Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and namesake of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University. Borlaug is one of the most influential food heroes in world history.

Read how he changed the world and how his legacy continues to do so to this day at tx.ag/RRNQIe9.

"The father of the Green Revolution": Norman Borlaug is credited with saving millions from mass starvation.

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10/15/2020
COVID-19 Snapshot: Food Shortage

When schools and restaurants shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic, a dramatic shift in food purchasing occurred that shift disrupted the supply chain of food from the farm to the grocery store. Felt across the country, these effects were particularly troublesome for producers of livestock, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed opportunities for long-term improvements in health, nutrition and the food system overall.

Read more about the impacts and opportunities here: tx.ag/COVIDFoodInsecurity

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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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