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All news releases are courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife TODAY News Service (

April 2, 2020
AgriLife Extension’s popular Ranchers Agricultural Leasing Workshop goes online
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer its award-winning Ranchers Agricultural Leasing Workshop as an online course available anytime.

April 1, 2020
McNight begins AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist duties
Ben McKnight’s acceptance of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide cotton specialist position is a return to familiar territory. McKnight will start April 1 in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at College Station.

March 25, 2020
Texas A&M experts offer COVID-19 cleaning, disinfection guidelines
Cleaning and disinfecting are paramount to preventing COVID-19 contamination from spreading into and throughout one’s household. Texas A&M AgriLife Research – Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, IIAD, experts offer guidelines for keeping safe.

March 25, 2020
Stay physically active during COVID-19 pandemic
While COVID-19 presents challenges to maintaining an active lifestyle, physical activity can be done in and near the home, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

March 23, 2020
AgriLife Extension provides auxin CEU training online
Agriculture producers can continue to receive CEUs despite COVID-19 issues
COVID-19 might have much of the world social distancing, but agricultural crops still must be planted, and producers still have regulations to follow. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is ready to help the process.

March 22, 2020
COVID-19: Self-care crucial during times of anxiety, stress
It is normal for adults and children to experience anxiety during stressful events like the current worldwide pandemic surrounding the novel coronavirus. Whether it’s the fear of contracting COVID-19, disruptions to work and school schedules, or the myriad of related concerns, stress is an expected and normal response.

March 20, 2020
Can ticks and mosquitoes transmit the coronavirus?
At this time, there is no scientific evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks, explained Texas A&M AgriLife experts.

March 20, 2020
Social distancing with kids
With the coronavirus pandemic forcing many communities to close schools and child daycare centers out of an abundance of caution,  parents and other caregivers have been left looking for ways to keep their kids occupied and continuing their education while stuck at home.

March 18, 2020
Excessive stockpiling during COVID-19 outbreak puts others at risk
Social distancing requires only two-week supply of items
There is a difference between purchasing in preparation for a home stay and the excessive stockpiling being seen in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

March 18, 2020
Livestock guardian dog field day rescheduled to September 25 in Fredericksburg
Online LGD webinar planned for May 1

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has rescheduled their May 1 livestock guardian dog, LGD, field day. The event will now be held Sept. 25.

March 16, 2020
Coronavirus: Texas A&M AgriLife utilizes statewide network to help in prevention of COVID-19
To help Texans and others better understand the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is working with federal and state entities to help provide the latest information on the disease and share tips on how to prevent its spread.

March 11, 2020
Wool, Mohair Research Lab accepts alpaca for analysis
The Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory, housed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo, has a 35-year history of analyzing fiber samples of sheep and goats for quality and yield.

March 8, 2020
Sheep, goat Youth Ranchers Roundup set for June 1-5 in San Angelo
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the first Texas Sheep and Goat Youth Ranchers Roundup June 1-5 in San Angelo.

March 6, 2020
A prickly situation
Prickly pear cactus has its detractors.  Long hated for its clusters of barbed spines, or glochids, that are difficult to remove, it has been cursed, hacked, burned and sprayed.

February 28, 2020
Coronavirus: Human strain causes fear, but domestic livestock strains are routine
Many people are hearing about coronavirus for the first time as the China strain, COVID-19, affecting humans causes concern all across the world. But coronaviruses are not new to livestock and poultry producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife veterinary epidemiologist.

February 21, 2020
Birds in the Classroom teacher workshops coming to Sinton, Sonora
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold two Birds in the Classroom workshops for Texas teachers. The first will take place June 3-5 in Sinton; the second will run July 27-29 in Sonora.

February 17, 2020
Prepare horses for spring: Vaccinate for West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus
With spring around the corner, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory wants to prepare your horses for West Nile virus and Equine Encephalitis virus. This AgriLife agency reports on annual trends in positive disease cases and discusses the best way to prepare horses with vaccinations and your veterinarian’s help.

February 12, 2020
New app development could aid crop irrigation management
Mobile app to increase water-use efficiency, cotton production

Texas A&M AgriLife is developing an inexpensive and easy-to-use mobile app and irrigation management system to help agricultural producers increase water-use efficiency and continue producing cotton.

February 10, 2020
Dangers of youth vaping event set for March 31 in Burnet
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding an event to discuss the dangers of youth vaping on March 31.

February 7, 2020
Agricultural Land Leasing Workshop set for March 31 in Abilene
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be presenting the award-winning Ranchers Agricultural Leasing Workshop in Abilene on March 31. The event will run from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension office for Taylor County at 1982 Lytle Way.

February 7, 2020
Beef cattle genetics, management critical in fine-tuning herds to fit environment
Matching cattle to the land available to graze and the nutrition it offers is critical in optimizing production in an operation.

February 5, 2020
AgriLife Extension encourages farmers and ranchers to respond to 2020 custom agricultural rate survey
Information from this survey creates pricing data related to custom-hire activities in Texas
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is conducting an online survey to collect rates charged for custom agricultural operations and services across Texas.


January 28, 2020
Record number of acres treated with prescribed fire in Texas
Texans are using prescribed fire more than ever to manage land and mitigate wildfires. A recent statewide survey found that 402,017 acres were treated with prescribed fire in Texas during 2018.

January 27, 2020
2020 Texas Sheep & Goat Expo set for August 14-15
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has announced the dates and theme for the sixth annual Texas Sheep and Goat Expo. The event is set for August14-15 at the 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena on the San Angelo Fairgrounds. “Business and Technology” will be the theme of this year’s event. 

January 23, 2020
Fant assumes role as AgriLife Extension disaster assessment, recovery agent

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Jeff Fant to serve as the agency’s disaster assessment and recovery agent for District 7. He will be based in San Angelo.

January 22, 2020
AgriLife Extension honors Branham with Superior Service Award
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recognized outstanding agents and staff earlier this month in College Station during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Conference.

January 22
AgriLife Extension effort will expand impact for Texans with disabilities
A new partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, TCDD, is creating a statewide presence to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities, caregivers, partners and providers in communities throughout Texas.

January 12, 2020
2020 Tri-County Producer, Landowner Symposium set for January 28 in Eden
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding the annual Tri-County Producer and Landowner Symposium on January 28 in Eden.

January 10, 2020
AgriLife Extension agent develops tools to fight human trafficking in Texas
Texas ranks second in the nation in reports of human trafficking and an estimated 300,000 victims entered the state in 2016 according to statistics from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and The Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project of Texas.

January 8, 2020
New report addresses status of working lands
Report shows 20-year changes in Texas’ population, land values, size of operations
The new Texas Land Trends report “Status Update and Trends of Texas Working Lands 1997–2017,” produced by the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, NRI, has been published. Land-trends reports have informed private and public landowners and decision-makers for more than two decades.

January 7, 2020
4Ry, USDA, Texas A&M AgriLife to develop innovative spraying technology for cattle fever ticks
4Ry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have signed a collaborative research agreement to develop a means to more efficiently and effectively spray cattle and kill cattle fever ticks, according to a 4Ry Inc. announcement.

January 7, 2020
New homeowner septic system maintenance, inspection guide now available
The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, has recently published the Septic System Maintenance & Inspection Pocket Guide, a free guide for helping homeowners maintain their septic systems and prevent them from failing.

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