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Mystery seeds arrive in Texas

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• By Kay Ledbetter • Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited. Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College ... Read More »

Texas native returns to lead the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute

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A regional native and nationally prominent researcher in plant breeding has been hired as the director of the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Dr. Craig Bednarz, an Idalou native, began May 1 in a joint appointment by West Texas A&M, Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo and the Texas A&M University Department of ... Read More »

Texas A&M AgriLife creates ‘murder hornet’ task force

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At the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, a specialized task force led by Texas A&M AgriLife experts is spearheading an initiative to protect Texas citizens, agriculture and honey bees if the “murder hornet,” or Asian giant hornet, arrives in the state. A giant invasive hornet was sighted several times in northwestern Washington state and Canada in late 2019, causing concern ... Read More »

COVID-19 and recession cut cotton demand

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Cotton producers face an uncertain market future as demand for cotton and cotton products, like apparel, tumbled due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and economic recession, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing specialist, College Station, said cotton and the industries that touch it are sliding alongside the economy. Retail apparel sales numbers ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host plastic contamination webinar, May 6

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Nueces and San Patricio counties will be hosting a free webinar from 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 6, to discuss practices both growers and ginners can implement to help the industry address plastic contamination in cotton. “Plastic contamination is one of the greatest problems for cotton producers,” said Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agent, ... Read More »