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Texas A&M AgriLife team seeking ‘holy grail’ of tomatoes

A proposed project involving the characterization of a new breeding line of tomatoes developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife breeding program at Weslaco could further enhance Texas’ reputation for growing exceptional produce, according to Texas A&M...
7-Jul-2021 3:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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‘Plugging in’ to produce environmentally friendly bioplastics

Bioplastics — biodegradable plastics made from biological substances rather than petroleum — can be created in a more economical and environmentally friendly way from the byproducts of corn stubble, grasses and mesquite agricultural production,...
30-Jun-2021 9:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Space, Exercise May Be Critical to Drylot Beef Heifer Reproduction

Space and exercise could be almost as important as food and water to the successful development of beef heifers raised in drylots, and quantifying that importance is the aim of a planned study by a Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science...
24-Jun-2021 12:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Research Shows Similarities in Hunters, Animal Rights Advocates

Animal rights advocates and hunters may have more in common than they think when it comes to nature conservancy, according to a newly published study by a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher.
22-Jun-2021 2:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Texas A&M AgriLife Plant Breeding Programs Granted $1.75 million

Four Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences plant breeding program development projects have been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA....
17-Jun-2021 12:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Texas A&M AgriLife Research develops bacteriophage treatment for Pierce’s disease

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has led to the discovery of the first curative and preventive bacteriophage treatment against the pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, which causes the deadly Pierce’s disease in grapevines.
1-Jun-2021 11:25 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Is carbon the ‘crop’ of the future?

An increasing awareness and concern about the environment, changes in government policy, America’s re-entry into the Paris Agreement and a robust demand for carbon offsets all point toward an appetite for a different type of agricultural crop –...
1-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Repairing the leaky pipeline in science communication

A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports a new initiative of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to help students...
20-May-2021 11:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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26-Aug-2020 3:55 PM EDT

Economist: Marketing Plans Can Help Central Texas Farmers Capitalize on Grain Markets

The impacts of potential trade tariffs on crops such as soybeans would send ripple effects through other agricultural commodities, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
15-May-2018 4:50 PM EDT

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research to Lead Project to Enhance Spinach Production, Safety

Texas A&M AgriLife research will collaborate with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the University of California at Davis on a project to help agricultural producers and consumers through improving nitrogen use efficiency and food safety in...
15-May-2018 4:40 PM EDT

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Women Driving North Texas Research Seek Sustainable Solutions for Urban Living

Three women driving agricultural and ecological research in North Texas seek new solutions for sustainable urban and suburban living in 2018.
8-Mar-2018 2:05 PM EST

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Texans Should Prepare for Flooding, High Winds From Harvey

With the probability of extensive rain and high winds throughout much of the state from the resurgence of Tropical Depression Harvey, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts are asking Texans to take measures to prepare their houses, farms...
24-Aug-2017 3:15 PM EDT

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Texas Potato Researcher Plans to Pack More Value Into the Crop

Texas potato growers may be few in number, but their spuds hit a market window that brings a premium each year at harvest. Now, a new potato scientist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research plans to pack even more value into the commodity through...
23-Aug-2017 4:05 PM EDT

New AgriLife Research Scientists Take Aim at Zika

Today’s news is flooded with reports on Zika; none of them good…until now. Texas A&M AgriLife Research has fielded a Zika team led by two scientists who joined the department of entomology at Texas A&M University.
2-Sep-2016 2:05 PM EDT

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Texas A&M AgriLife Scientist: eBeam Sanitization of Ebola Waste Could Be Cheaper and ‘Greener.’

13-Nov-2014 3:20 PM EST

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Free residential rainwater harvesting trainings in August, September

Hybrid events cover rainwater harvesting, turf management and soil testing Texas A&M AgriLife Extension...
29 Jul 2021

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Four-part Farm-to-Table Beef Series set Aug. 6-27 in Amarillo

AgriLife Extension takes participants to ranch, meat lab for message The Farm-to-Table Beef Series, hosted ...
29 Jul 2021

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MRIs on crop roots open new doors for agriculture

Scientists examine plant roots to make improvements, enhance water-use efficiency A team of scientists led ...
28 Jul 2021

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Save our pollinators, save our world

About 75% of plants and most agricultural crops rely on animal, insect pollination Pollinators serve a grea...
28 Jul 2021

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Online fall herbicide application, calibration training Aug. 12

Also includes picolinic acid chemistry training The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer onl...
28 Jul 2021

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Peaches workshop set July 30 in San Angelo

Planting, growing, canning, preserving to be discussed  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service w...
27 Jul 2021

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Report looks at potential impact of inheritance legislation on family farms

Agricultural and Food Policy Center report anayzes five possible scenarios A new report by the Agricultural...
27 Jul 2021

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Weeds a widespread problem in Texas croplands

Texas Crop and Weather Report – July 27, 2021 Out-of-control weeds are the latest challenge to hit Texas ...
27 Jul 2021

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Wheatheart Wheat Conference set Aug. 12 in Perryton

Markets, varieties top agenda The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the 23rd annual Wheath...
27 Jul 2021

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Applications for prescribed fire grant now open

Hazardous fuels reduction funding for those who may be threatened by wildland fire  The Texas A&M ...
26 Jul 2021