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ALEC 380 students receive experience of a lifetime

Fourteen students enrolled in ALEC 380 traveled nearly 4,000 miles in October representing Texas A&M University. The class traveled across 12 states and visited agricultural operations that represented various sectors in agricultural leadership, education and communications on the way to and from the 90th Annual National FFA Convention. Along the way, students toured and met with representatives from Buck Cattle Company, Geisert Farms, Anheuser-Busch, John Deere, Fair Oaks Farms, Grand Ole Opry, CNN and Growing Leaders. In addition to formal tours, students also had the chance to walk… Read More →

Wingenbach chosen to serve as Winrock International volunteer for USAID’s farmer-to-farmer program

It’s been 30 years since Gary Wingenbach, professor of international agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, volunteered his time to help farmers combat soil erosion in Guatemala. Prior to his acceptance in a two-week assignment with Winrock International’s Asia Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program/Bangladesh, he had served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1985-1987. The goal of Winrock’s F2F program is to strengthen the capacity of formal and informal Agriculture Education and Training (AET) institutions to publicize agriculture technologies and innovations, provide relevant training, conduct applied… Read More →

ALEC alum and former Texas A&M professor receives high honor

Joe D. Townsend was one of four alumni who received the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on Nov. 10 in College Station, Texas. The award recognizes graduates of the college for outstanding leadership and significant contributions in agriculture, natural resources, life sciences or any related areas. Townsend earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in 1967 as an agricultural education major with an emphasis in teaching, student development and leadership. After graduation, Townsend began his career as an educator… Read More →

Texas A&M System Universities Awarded Nearly $3 Million From The National Science Foundation

Courtesy Rosana Moreira, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies The Texas A&M University System AGEP Alliance—Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Prairie View A&M University—will receive a $2.8 million grant over 60 months from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop, implement and study a new model for advancing underrepresented minority doctoral candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to careers in academia. The Texas A&M University System AGEP Alliance is also funded by NSF’s Research Traineeship (NRT) Program and its Historically Black… Read More →

Graduate students learn sustainable farm technologies to strengthen communities in developing nations

In an effort to learn about globally sustainable farm methods and technologies, six graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications visited the World Hunger Relief farm outside of Waco, TX, earlier this month. As part of the high impact experience, students toured the farm’s gardening and field operations, harvested vegetables and explored their broiler production operation. They also visited the farm’s dormitory, a Nicaraguan-inspired house and various other facilities similar to ones found in developing nations. “This farm is an excellent training ground for… Read More →

AgriLife Extension supporting National Preparedness Month efforts in Texas

Courtesy Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife The recent devastation of many parts of southeastern Texas by Hurricane Harvey has been a stark reminder of the need for Texans to be aware of and prepare for emergencies and disasters, said Dr. Andy Vestal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service emergency management specialist, College Station. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a variety of no-cost emergency and disaster preparation and recovery materials available in print and as online downloads and e-books. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo) “September has been designated… Read More →

Animal Supply Points seeking livestock-related donations

Courtesy Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife  (Note: As of Sept. 21 there were no Animal Supply Points with AgriLife Extension involvement.) The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has established Animal Supply Points for livestock and other animals in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and has set up a phone bank to take calls from those who would like to make a donation. “These ASPs have been set up to shelter animals and for the storing and distribution of hay and feed and as a location from which to coordinate volunteer assistance,”… Read More →

AgriLife Extension, Texas EDEN offer useful, practical flood recovery information

Courtesy Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife With the extent and severity of recent rains throughout the southeastern part of the state, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts are again reminding Texans their agency provides important information on how to recover from a flood. “After a flood there are a number of things you can do to protect your family’s health and well-being and restore your property,” said Dr. Joyce Cavanagh, AgriLife Extension specialist in family development and resource management, College Station. Cavanagh said the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network,… Read More →