April 2014

Mark Your Calendar

April 23
Administrative Professionals Day

May 13-15
College Grand Challenges Mini-Symposia


June 2
Proposals due for a $20k
V.G. Young Institute Fellowship

In the News

The Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center is featured in Texas Monthly

Texas A&M System honors Rio Grande Valley-area legislators

Reaching Out to New Landowners in Texas, featured in The Forestry Source

Protecting Our Environment

Improving the state of Texas, our nation and world

As April marks Earth Day, Texas A&M AgriLife has numerous achievements to be proud of that reflect how our agencies and college address our environment and sustainability.

Dr. Ambika Chandra, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate professor of turfgrass breeding and genetics at the Dallas center, has led efforts to develop a new St. Augustine hybrid with several superior characteristics considered ‘desirable’ for both commercial and residential consumers.

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study indicates that 
groundwater contamination, in addition to aquifer depletion, should be taken into consideration when developing strategies for sustainable crop production. The study, by Dr. Srinivasulu Ale, AgriLife Research geospatial hydrology assistant professor, and Dr. Sriroop Chaudhuri, his post-doctoral research associate, looked at the geographic pattern of groundwater salinization in the Ogallala Aquifer in Texas.

A Texas A&M graduate, Dr. Nils Peterson, along with three other research scientists recently released a book, “The Housing Bomb: Why Our Addiction to Houses is Destroying the Environment and Threatening Our Society.” The book focuses on the well-meaning but often misguided exploitation of natural resources.

Last month, the Texas A&M Forest Service hosted the annual Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo and Spring Fling. The Expo is designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds learn how to better care for their land and reconnect with nature.

And these are just a few of the most recent news and events within AgriLife involving environment and sustainability. There are numerous programs throughout each of the agencies and the college that are ongoing and impactful. All of which are examples of our mission to serve Texans and meet one of our “Grand Challenges” of Protecting Our Environment.

As we move into the summer, I hope you’ll continue to consider the health of your environment as well as the health of our state, nation and world.



William "Bill" Dugas
Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean
Agriculture and Life Sciences


Making Headlines


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


Agricultural law blog serves as educational resource for Texas landowners, producers
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College of Agriculture & Life Sciences


USDA conference an eye-opener for graduate student
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Texas A&M Forest Service


Challenge… accepted! Texas legislative staffers join TFS in the field!
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Texas A&M AgriLife Research


Study: Distinct geographical pattern in Texas’ Ogallala Aquifer water quality
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Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory


Training Our Own: Students Explore Diagnostic Services
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Awards and Achievements


Join us in congratulating our colleagues for their awards and achievements.
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Photo of the Month


Texas A&M commemorates late-Dr. Norman E. Borlaug on 100th birthday

The event was one of several commemorating the life of Norman Borlaug, who was called the “Father of the Green Revolution” and is credited with saving the lives of millions worldwide with his research that yielded higher producing grains for developing countries. Earlier in the day, his statue was dedicated in the U.S. Capitol by the state of Iowa.


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