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Young to take North Texas 4-H specialist position

Denita YoungDALLAS — Denita Young will become the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new program specialist for 4-H Youth Development in the agency’s District 4 beginning Oct. 1.  The district encompasses 22 North Texas counties, including Dallas and Tarrant. Young’s duties will include overseeing multidisciplinary youth development programming in health, science, technology, agriculture and civic engagement. […]

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Texas A&M AgriLife aquaculture specialist addresses algae-related dog deaths

COLLEGE STATION – A rash of recent companion animal deaths related to cyanobacteria toxins prompted a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service aquaculture expert to offer information to alleviate fears. Todd Sink, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension aquaculture specialist, College Station, wanted to address recent stories involving companion animal deaths linked to toxins in surface water to assuage […]

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Anthrax a growing concern in Texas as TVMDL confirms 18th case

SAN ANGELO — Anthrax continues to be a growing concern in Texas, especially through the “anthrax triangle” region, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.  The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, has now confirmed 18 positive cases of anthrax in animals, the Texas Animal Health Commission announced in their fifth situational […]

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Edwards named AgriLife Extension Better Living for Texans educator for Lubbock County

LUBBOCK — Cory Edwards has rejoined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as the Better Living for Texans educator for Lubbock County. “Cory’s extensive background in education and working with families will benefit her tremendously in her new position,” said Michael Clawson, AgriLife Extension district administrator, Lubbock. “She has the added benefit of being a […]

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Seaton named AgriLife Extension North Region family, community health program leader

LUBBOCK — Mandi Seaton will become the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s North Region program leader for family and community health starting Sept. 1. She will be based in Lubbock. As the North Region program leader, Seaton will serve 41 counties in District 1 headquartered in Amarillo and District 2 headquartered in Lubbock.  Seaton has […]

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High Plains Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors trained

Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador programAMARILLO – The 2019-2020 Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors in the High Plains and South Plains, which make up the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service North Region, recently met in Amarillo for a summit. The ambassador program is for high school age youth who have a passion for health and wellness. These youth are trained at […]

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Pittman joins Better Living for Texans as project coordinator

SAN ANGELO — Adrien Pittman has joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as the Better Living for Texans, or BLT, project coordinator in Tom Green County.  Pittman most recently worked for the Midland Independent School District teaching history and special education. She previously served the district as a substitute teacher. Pittman earned her bachelor’s […]

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Anthrax increase in Texas: Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab helps identify, track high-consequence diseases in animals

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) plays a vital role in animal disease surveillance efforts, including anthrax. On average, TVMDL diagnoses two to three positive cases of anthrax annually in summer months. Thus far in 2019, the agency has confirmed 10 positive cases in several species, including exotic antelope, goats, […]

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Texas A&M to bridge rural/urban divide with food, agriculture science

COLLEGE STATION – About a thousand new faces show up in Texas every day, moving into the Metroplex, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, and they have little to no connection to the state’s agriculture-based culture and economy. Dr. Patrick Stover, Texas A&M AgriLife vice chancellor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and […]

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As brisket grows in popularity, prices reach all-time highs

View of a cut slab of cooked brisketCOLLEGE STATION — Barbecue season is upon us, and as the demand for brisket soars, so does the price. “These prices have really skyrocketed, and this is a demand-driven phenomenon,” said Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist in College Station.  “What used to be a very inexpensive cut, the primal brisket […]

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