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Texas A&M AgriLife The Texas A&M AgriLife strives to improve lives, environments and the Texas economy through educatio 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, extensio

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, extensio

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The Texas A&M Forest Service has deployed their Lone Star State Type II Initial Attack Handcrew, which marks the third y...
09/19/2022

The Texas A&M Forest Service has deployed their Lone Star State Type II Initial Attack Handcrew, which marks the third year in a row this team has mobilized for wildfire response in another state.

With the mobilization of this 20-person crew to Oregon, the Texas A&M Forest Service now has personnel responding to wildfire incidents in California, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Last week, a Texas A&M Forest wildfire handcrew was mobilized to the Cedar Creek Fire in Oregon. This 20-person crew is supporting the Willamette National Forest on the wildfire burning more than 112,000-acres.

The Lone Star State Type II Initial Attack Handcrew is comprised of highly skilled and well-trained individuals from all divisions of the Texas A&M Forest Service. This is the third year in a row the handcrew has mobilized for wildfire response in another state.

“Mobilizing the handcrew to out-of-state incidents provides an opportunity for qualified personnel and trainees to gain unique experiences,” said Crockett Pegoda, Crew Boss Trainee for the Lone Star State Handcrew. “In Texas, we were fortunate to receive support from other states this year. It’s great that we can reciprocate that support.”

Read more about the handcrew and Texas resources here: https://bit.ly/LoneStarStateHandcrew22

Lone Star State Incident Management Team - Texas A&M Forest Service

After receiving the largest grant, up to $65 million, in Texas A&M AgriLife's history, Texas A&M AgriLife Research along...
09/16/2022
Texas A&M AgriLife to lead historic investment in Texas’ efforts to become ‘climate-smart’ - AgriLife Today

After receiving the largest grant, up to $65 million, in Texas A&M AgriLife's history, Texas A&M AgriLife Research along with contributing partners across The Texas A&M University System and various Texas collaborators will lead a five-year, multi-commodity project designed to expand Texas' climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices.

More on this historic endeavor at tx.ag/ClimateSmart

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research will receive up to $65 million to expand climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices.

Congratulations to Texas A&M University Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering! 👍
09/13/2022

Congratulations to Texas A&M University Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering! 👍

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering was ranked #4 in the nation and #1 in Texas for the best undergraduate agricultural engineering programs, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.

We would like to thank all our faculty, staff and students for your hard work and dedication in keeping Texas A&M University’s BAEN and AGSM programs top in the nation!

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Despite high temperatures in Texas, a new experimental potato is aiming for high starch content and high gravity-- which...
09/13/2022
Texas A&M AgriLife breeding variety of potatoes - AgriLife Today

Despite high temperatures in Texas, a new experimental potato is aiming for high starch content and high gravity-- which opens the doors for a Texas potato to enter the French fry market for the first time!
The work comes from Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences potato breeder, Isabel Vales, in the Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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New potato varieties bred by the Texas A&M Potato Breeding Program could enter the french fry market before long.

We are excited to see what the future holds for Tar Tut and all the other outstanding students who will benefit from thi...
09/10/2022
Top of the Class

We are excited to see what the future holds for Tar Tut and all the other outstanding students who will benefit from this endowment. We’re thankful for the leadership and service of Dr. Chris Skaggs and all he does for the students of Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M Animal Science!

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09/09/2022

Rainfall across Texas and cooler temperatures provided agricultural producers some relief from drought and extreme heat over recent weeks, but most areas remain in a moisture deficit.
Read more in this week's Crop and Weather Report ➡️https://fal.cn/3rKbs

08/26/2022

Texas wine-grape vineyards were seeing below-average yields and above-average quality following a challenging 2022 growing season.
Read more in this week's Crop and Weather Report ➡️ https://fal.cn/3rlOM

By removing genes that create an attractive smell to pests, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Texas A&M Entomolo...
08/24/2022
Cotton project paves new path for plant protection - AgriLife Today

By removing genes that create an attractive smell to pests, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Texas A&M Entomology and Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences are pursuing ways to reduce pest infestations and pesticide use in , thanks to the support of U.S. Department of Agriculture-NIFA and Cotton Incorporated! Through this gene-editing technique, positive cost-benefitting impacts could ripple through the environment and economy in an already $2.4B industry.

Decades of collaborative research and scientific advancements have helped Texas cotton be the economic and industrial force it is today

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08/22/2022

Photos from Texas A&M AgriLife Research's post

The Inflation Reduction Act recently signed into law has infused funding into several agricultural conservation programs...
08/19/2022
Inflation Reduction Act adds agricultural conservation funds - AgriLife Today

The Inflation Reduction Act recently signed into law has infused funding into several agricultural conservation programs familiar to Texas producers.

Economists with the Agricultural and Food Policy Center in the Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at College Station have compiled a briefing paper evaluating the effects of the bill on agriculture.

The additional funds were given to four existing conservation programs, but the extent to which the additional funding is perceived as helpful will largely depend on how the USDA implements the provisions.



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The Inflation Reduction Act infused funding to several agricultural conservation programs familiar to agricultural producers.

Alternative crops like sunflowers and sesame continue to stay relevant for producers. More info in this week’s Crop and ...
08/19/2022

Alternative crops like sunflowers and sesame continue to stay relevant for producers. More info in this week’s Crop and Weather Report.

Sunflowers and sesame experienced a decent 2022 with good market prices, but interest in alternative crops dipped slightly as more producers chose to plant major commodities.

Read more in this week's Crop and Weather Report ➡️ https://fal.cn/3r885

Using some traits from native and wild plants, Texas A&M AgriLife researchers are combining corn breeding and entomology...
08/12/2022

Using some traits from native and wild plants, Texas A&M AgriLife researchers are combining corn breeding and entomology expertise to tackle some of U.S. corn production’s major issues.

Experts will take a specific look at pest resistance, including the vulnerability of the crop to the devastating fall armyworm!

Read more about the specifics 👉 https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2022/08/01/corn-varieties-getting-some-help-from-their-relatives/https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2022/08/01/corn-varieties-getting-some-help-from-their-relatives/Texas A&M Entomology Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Monarch Butterfly was recently placed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List due to it...
08/08/2022
Monarch butterflies facing battle royal for survival - AgriLife Today

The Monarch Butterfly was recently placed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List due to its steady decline in nature.
Read on for more information on what's affecting these beautiful pollinators and how we can help them out. https://fal.cn/3qR01

Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists explain benefits of monarch butterflies after placed on organization's Red List for threatened species.

Congratulations, Dr. Patti Smith! We look forward to your continued leadership as the head of the Department of Biologic...
07/29/2022

Congratulations, Dr. Patti Smith! We look forward to your continued leadership as the head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

“Her vision for the department will strengthen Texas A&M AgriLife’s ability to meet the college’s academic and land grant missions as emerging science continues to push innovation." -- Jeffrey W. Savell, Ph.D., vice chancellor and dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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Texas A&M University Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Join us in welcoming Dr. Patti Smith as the new department head for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering beginning August 1. Smith recently served as department head and has been with the department for 22 years.

Smith’s philosophy for the department will be to make sure that faculty have the support needed to perform cutting-edge research and the best educational experiences for students. She will be working to create more opportunities for faculty to engage with policymakers, agencies, and professional groups to help advance their research.

Learn more about Dr. Smith and her vision for the department https://tx.ag/PattiSmith

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) shares a variety of tips to keep in mind for livestock owners as wat...
07/15/2022
Keep cattle hydrated and healthy - AgriLife Today

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) shares a variety of tips to keep in mind for livestock owners as water resources become more and more at risk during the continued Texas drought and heat.
Read more ➡️ tx.ag/TVMDLCattleDrought

TVMDL is encouraging cattle producers to be vigilant during periods of drought to ensure cattle stay hydrated and get enough to drink.

Stay safe out there, Texans, and be wildfire aware today and throughout the end of the week.
07/12/2022

Stay safe out there, Texans, and be wildfire aware today and throughout the end of the week.

Hot and dry conditions across the state of Texas will create high wildfire potential through the weekend.

Today, the fire environment will support an increased potential for large wildfires that are resistant to control to occur near Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, San Angelo and Abilene. Portions of East Texas may be susceptible to large wildfires for areas near Athens, Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Huntsville.

“The job of our state and local firefighters becomes more difficult and dangerous under these circumstances, and we need Texans to be cautious of any activity that causes sparks and may ignite a wildfire," said Wes Moorhead, Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief.

Read more about current conditions here: https://bit.ly/3Ix2II8

Have you noticed more insects in the house? 🐜🕷️ Heat and drought are driving insects like spiders, ants and centipedes i...
07/11/2022
More pests in your place? Heat, drought are driving critters indoors

Have you noticed more insects in the house? 🐜🕷️
Heat and drought are driving insects like spiders, ants and centipedes indoors in search of -- you guessed it -- cooler air and water.
The San Antonio Report recently visited with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist Molly Keck to talk about some best practices for keeping these critters outside of the home.
Check it out! ➡️ https://fal.cn/3q8tj

Texas entomologists say this year's hot, dry weather is driving more bugs and even wild animals indoors as they search for cool air and water.

'Tis the season for !We extend a special welcome to all  aficionados in attendance, beginners and veterans alike! In thi...
07/09/2022

'Tis the season for !

We extend a special welcome to all aficionados in attendance, beginners and veterans alike! In this session, we even welcomed a special guest all the way from Dubai, Hattem Mattar. Welcome to Aggieland!

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 the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute is made up of 80+ researchers, scientists, extension agents, educators and po...
07/05/2022

the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute is made up of 80+ researchers, scientists, extension agents, educators and policy experts located in 12 states across the U.S.?

These passionate individuals are interested in promoting the value of land stewardship and wildlife conservation in addition to solving complex natural resource challenges through discovery, innovation and land stewardship.

Experience the intersection of applied research and conservation at https://nri.tamu.edu/.

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July from all of us at Texas A&M AgriLife!   Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture an...
07/04/2022

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July from all of us at Texas A&M AgriLife!

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 Independence Day tends to be one of the top days for reported wildfires? Here are some tips from Texas A&M Forest Servi...
07/01/2022

Independence Day tends to be one of the top days for reported wildfires? Here are some tips from Texas A&M Forest Service on how to stay safe this holiday weekend! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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The Texas A&M Foundation has named Jennifer Ann Scasta ’11, Ph.D., a former student in Texas A&M University - College of...
06/30/2022

The Texas A&M Foundation has named Jennifer Ann Scasta ’11, Ph.D., a former student in Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as the senior director of development for Texas A&M AgriLife. She will lead development and donor activities, effective July 1.

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More on her new role at https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2022/06/30/jennifer-ann-scasta-named-new-leader-for-texas-am-agrilife-development/.

Photos from Texas A&M AgriLife Research's post
06/29/2022

Photos from Texas A&M AgriLife Research's post

 the United States has over 200,000 species of pollinators, and about 199,000 of them are insects?Molly Keck, a Texas A&...
06/29/2022
Native bees need love too! - AgriLife Today

the United States has over 200,000 species of pollinators, and about 199,000 of them are insects?

Molly Keck, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management specialist and entomologist, discusses the difference between honeybees and native bees and why native bees need love too.

https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2022/06/24/native-bees-need-love-too/

Native bees are often confused with honeybees, but both play an equally important role as pollinators explains a Texas A&M AgriLife expert.

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06/27/2022

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This news digest will keep you up to speed on:
➡️ The latest updates from across Texas A&M AgriLife.
➡️ Emerging issues within the agriculture and life sciences.
➡️ Opportunities to engage with us in person and on social media.

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing agricultural enterprise in the world, and the U.S. is the world's top producer of hyb...
06/20/2022
Growing aquaculture industry needs enhanced fish nutrition- AgriLife Today

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing agricultural enterprise in the world, and the U.S. is the world's top producer of hybrid striped bass.

With the goal to increase the industry's sustainability by developing improved nutritional strategies for farmed bass, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded two grants totaling $1.15 million to two Texas A&M Animal Science -led research teams that bring together experts across Texas A&M AgriLife Research , Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.



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A Texas A&M AgriLife team is improving the productivity of hybrid striped bass by developing effective nutritional strategies

 over half of Texas counties are currently under a burn ban?With the scorching Texas summer well underway, the Texas A&M...
06/16/2022

over half of Texas counties are currently under a burn ban?

With the scorching Texas summer well underway, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the rest of the Texas A&M AgriLife family encourages you to stay informed about the restrictions in your area and do your part to protect Texas from wildfires.

🔥 Stay informed at https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/CurrentSituation/

This summer, Texas has already seen extreme heat with very little rainfall, creating drought conditions and causing many counties to be placed under a burn ban. Droughts are normally defined by a long-term deficit of moisture creating severe conditions and increasing risk for wildfires.

In the Lone Star State, when drought conditions exist, a burn ban can be put in place by local government - the county judge or county commissioners court - prohibiting or restricting outdoor burning for public safety.

By order, the commissioners court may prohibit or restrict outdoor burning in general or outdoor burning of a particular substance in all or part of the unincorporated area of the county if:

👉 (1) drought conditions have been determined to exist or
👉 (2) the commissioners court makes a finding that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning.

For more details regarding outdoor burning and burn bans in the state of Texas, follow:https://ticc.tamu.edu/.../Dro.../Outdoor_Burning_352.081.pdf

The Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will serve as one of the primary academic partners a...
06/13/2022

The Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will serve as one of the primary academic partners at the Aplin Center. We are excited for the future of Texas hospitality, food science and more at Texas A&M University!

Arch “Beaver” Aplin III '80, the creator of Buc-ee's, is donating $50 million to establish a hospitality entrepreneurship program and academic center at Texas A&M!

The new Aplin Center will serve as the academic facility for new programs in hospitality, retail studies, and food product development, bringing together viticulture, fermentation, coffee, and food science degrees.

Learn more about Aplin's generous gift to Texas A&M and Aggieland: https://tx.ag/TAMUBucees

Photo courtesy of Texas Monthly/Jeff Wilson.

🪴 Can houseplants impact your mood? 🪴 The answer, according to horticultural experts like Dr. Mengmeng Gu of the Texas A...
06/09/2022
What science tells us about the mood-boosting effects of indoor plants

🪴 Can houseplants impact your mood? 🪴

The answer, according to horticultural experts like Dr. Mengmeng Gu of the Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is yes.

The Washington Post takes a closer look at the connection between indoor plants and human emotions to provide a practical, data-driven guide to integrating plants into your home while keeping the potential mood-boosting effects in mind.

➡️ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2022/06/06/how-houseplants-can-boost-your-mood/

Decades of research have shown that houseplants reduce stress, bring relief in enclosed spaces and recharge us. Studies on their positive effects can also help you choose which ones to buy.

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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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Thanks to a $15 million grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife will lead the creation of an unmanned aircraft system, UAS, data hub to research sustainable increases in wheat productivity that will lead to improved yield and pest resistance for producers and potentially improved nutrition, flavor and aroma profiles for consumers.
A recent study published by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service "demonstrates how deep soil testing allows producers to take advantage of nitrogen already present in the soil and apply less fertilizer.” The team found this can translate to a cost-savings anywhere from $8 to $116 per acre!

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In this week's Texas A&M AgriLife Crop and Weather Report, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists expand on how the Russian invasion can lead to uncertainty for Texas agriculture. Wheat in particular is among the commodities that could be impacted.

Find out why at https://fal.cn/3mGCu
As groundwater continues to decline in the Texas High Plains, a cross-collaborative team of researchers have adapted a crop model to help producers adjust center-pivot irrigation strategies and maximize profitability.

Find the latest update on this exciting research between USDA Agricultural Research Service, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research - Amarillo and the University of Castilla-La Mancha, UCLM, in Spain at https://fal.cn/3mAkE
🦇Your favorite native insectivores will soon be taking to the skies! It's estimated that bats eat enough insects to save producers over $1.4 billion annually in pest control costs.

Although they are widely considered a beneficial species, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist Janet Hurley explains the risks and benefits of and what to do if you happen to encounter one in your home or in the wild.

https://fal.cn/3myd6
🥑Holy guacamole! The recent ban on Mexican avocado importation into the U.S. could have caused a major disruption for Texas' $510 million avocado import industry. Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts explain why this little green fruit has become such a key player for agribusiness at https://fal.cn/3mu80
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents have appointed sole finalists Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., as director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Rick Avery, Ph.D., director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Lamb and Avery have served in interim roles since January. Learn more about the newly appointed Texas A&M AgriLife agency directors at https://fal.cn/3mhJp

Private landowners, let your voice be heard! Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI) has released the 2022 Landowner Survey. The responses collected are used to inform legislative decisions that directly impact private landowners. They're also used to help NRI and other natural resource agencies work together to better meet landowner needs.

Learn more and access the survey at https://fal.cn/3mfnt

Do you know a private landowner who deserves to be heard? Share this post or tag them below so they don't miss their chance!

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Texas fruit crops are behind on chill hours necessary to trigger optimal blooms and good fruit sets. In this week's Texas A&M AgriLife Crop and Weather Report, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts provide insight into how this can impact producers and consumers alike.

Find the full report, including regional weather predictions, at https://fal.cn/3me8A
For 35 years, and Texas Department of Transportation have worked together to reduce motor vehicle fatalities and injuries in . Their outreach programs help to protect and through child safety seat inspections, passenger safety technician trainings, and drunken, drugged and distracted driver education.

In 2021 alone, they:
🚦Reached over 72,240 participants in Texas with life-saving messages
🚦Conducted 1,938 child safety seat inspections across then state
🚦Saved an estimated $3.15 million in injury related expenses
🚦Educated 31,149 individuals in safe driving practices

Want to help make Texas roadways safer for everyone? Drive on over to the AgriLife Today Newsroom to learn more.

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🌷Flowers on are a beautiful way to let someone know you're thinking of them. But have your ever thought about the florist behind the arrangements you send?

The Benz School of Floral Design housed within Texas A&M University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences teaches students and professionals alike how to blend the art of design with the science of plant materials to create breathtaking works.

Take a peek at how Texas A&M University is cultivating leaders within the floral design industry at https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2022/02/10/cultivating-the-floral-design-industry/
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