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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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Zero waste: Maggots as recyclers and protein sources

Adult Black Soldier FlyCOLLEGE STATION — Black soldier fly maggots provide a zero waste option for organic recycling, according to Jeff Tomberlin, Ph.D., professor in the department of entomology at Texas A&M University and director of EVO Conversion Systems, LLC.  Despite the “ick-factor,” maggots can be helpful for the environment by reducing waste and serving as an animal […]

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Cheater, cheater: Human Behavior Lab studies cheating as innate trait

Marco Palma and the Human Behavior LabCOLLEGE STATION — Is cheating a product of the environment or a character trait? Dr. Marco Palma, director of the Human Behavior Lab at Texas A&M University and professor in the department of agricultural economics, and Dr. Billur Aksoy, assistant professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, took a closer look at cheating […]

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Texas A&M researchers to develop climate-smart sorghum

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M researchers believe the development of climate-smart crops is the key to improving nitrogen-use efficiency and reducing fertilizer nitrogen loss in agricultural fields. The crops would have the ability to suppress soil nitrification and have reduced nitrogen emissions, said Dr. Nithya Rajan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist and principal investigator […]

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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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Selling lambs or goats? AgriLife has an app for that

SAN ANGELO — The Lamb and Goat Market Forecast app for iPhone helps producers pick the best time to sell by projecting marginal revenue per head.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the San Angelo State University information technology department developed the predictive program, and it’s available for free at  https://apps.apple.com/app/id1467220182.  “This app addresses […]

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Plant Secondary Compounds in Livestock Systems to Produce Functional Foods symposium set July 11 in Austin  

AUSTIN — Texas A&M AgriLife Research is presenting a symposium, “Plant Secondary Compounds in Livestock Systems to Produce Functional Foods” on July 11 during the American Society of Animal Science – Canadian Society of Animal Science meeting.  The symposium will run from 9 a.m.-noon in Room 9C of the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar […]

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AgriLife Research engineer uses drones to introduce youth to agriculture, technology careers

AMARILLO – In an effort to excite youth about agricultural research, Dr. Brent Auvermann and his team recently took their unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, to Drone Camp at Amarillo College. Auvermann, director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo, has been using drones and advanced technology in his Texas A&M AgriLife […]

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Texas A&M researchers study super-repellent surfaces for safer fruits, vegetables

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, TEES, were recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study and develop super-repellent and anti-fouling surfaces for foods.   The grant will be used in their collaboration to help ensure the […]

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Texas A&M corn breeder looking to build a better bourbon

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Seth Murray may have more than a casual interest in National Bourbon Day on June 14. Murray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder and Eugene Butler Endowed Chair in the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, has an ongoing research project aimed at producing […]

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