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

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 17, 2020
Horticulture meeting to focus on turf, trees, tomatoes on February 29
The “three T’s” of Texas horticulture – turfgrass, trees and tomatoes – will be the focus of a workshop on February 29 in San Angelo.

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.

December 27, 2019
Don’t let the last weed standing reproduce
When weeds begin showing resistance, it’s not a case of the herbicide changing the weed, it’s a simple “survival of the fittest” case, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

December 19
Hands-on foot-and-mouth disease field training available for the first time to North American private sector livestock veterinarians
Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are offering the first-ever field training for North American private-sector veterinarians and state and federal animal health officials for foot-and-mouth disease.

December 11, 2019
Wild pigs increase their urban and suburban area sprawls
Whether you call them wild pigs or feral hogs, they are no longer just a rural problem, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

December 5, 2019
Zoeller hired as AgriLife Extension agent for Schleicher County
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Mark Zoeller to be the agriculture and natural resources agent for Schleicher County. Zoeller will start January 1.


November 30, 2019
Cameron Anderson hired as AgriLife Extension agent for McCulloch County
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Cameron Anderson to be the agriculture and natural resources agent for McCulloch County. Anderson started December 1.

November 18, 2019
Study suggests growth-stage-based irrigation strategies for high-yielding cotton
Cotton is sensitive to water stress at different growth stages, needing water at specific times to produce a high-yielding crop. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study investigated the best strategies to improve irrigation water-use efficiency while maintaining high yields.

November 14, 2019
Chronic Wasting Disease: detecting the disease plaguing Texas’ deer populations
The state veterinary diagnostic laboratory, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, tests hundreds of thousands of samples annually. However, on the brink of each year’s deer hunting season, test numbers begin to spike as the demand for chronic wasting disease, CWD, testing increases.

November 11, 2019
All antibiotics for livestock will soon require a vet’s prescription

No longer will producers who need injectable antibiotics for their cattle be able to just grab them at their local feed store or order them online.

November 11, 2019
Is a bacon shortage coming?
What you need to know about the reports of a looming 2020 bacon shortage
Amid popular reports of a possible bacon shortage, many consumers wonder what the future holds for their favorite cut of pork. 

November 5, 2019
Texas A&M AgriLife programs serve those who served their country
The Texas A&M University System has a long-standing tradition of supporting active duty and veteran military personnel. That support for military service members, particularly military veterans interested in starting an agriculture-related business, continues through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service programs designed to assist them in reaching their after-service goals.


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