August 2013


Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 12
Dean's Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony
The AgriLife Center
3:00 p.m.

Oct. 17-19
COADC Fall Meeting

Oct. 19
College Tailgate
The AgriLife Center
3 hours before kickoff

News and Announcements

Please welcome Mr. Darin Paine as he joins the Texas A&M Foundation AgriLife Office in College Station. He joined us Aug. 1 as Director of Development.

Please also welcome Mr. Richard Mertens as he joins Texas A&M AgriLife Sept. 2. He will work in the D.C. office as the Associate Director for Federal Relations – Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Watch our new video.

Texas A&M AgriLife: Real World Solutions for Texans

Fighting Fire with Fire

A Land in Balance

With all the recent wildfires on the west coast, a prescribed burn is likely the furthest thing from Texan's minds. However, it could be just what the doctor ordered.

Prescribed fires actually help reduce the risk of wildfire because they help control the fuel sources, such as dried brush, debris and fallen trees. In addition, they help keep the landscape healthy by improving water shed function, plant diversity, species management and soil nutrients.

Texas A&M AgriLife has several programs to help educate Texans about prescribed burning:

• Video: Benefits of Prescribed Fire
Texas A&M Forest Service and partners
• Education: Extension Disaster Education Network Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
• Workshops: Prescribed Burn Workshops
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and partners
• Detection: Burn-Risk-Detection Modeling System Texas A&M AgriLife Research
• Mapping: Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal
Texas A&M Forest Service

We are especially excited about a new video released by the Texas A&M Forest Service. The video raises awareness about the benefits of deliberate burning, and is the product of collaboration amongst several state entities. When we all work together, Texans benefit.

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Mark A. Hussey
Vice Chancellor and Dean
Agriculture and Life Sciences


Making Headlines


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


Cows kick up dust
59th Beef Cattle Short Course: Cattle producers should plan for drought
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College of Agriculture & Life Sciences


Texas A&M entomology department marks new construction with naming ceremony
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Texas A&M Forest Service


Bryan Fire Dept. and TFS Collaborate on Community Wildfire Protection Plan
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Texas A&M AgriLife Research


Can Spinach Save the Orange? Read The New York Times Article
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Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory


Teens tour TVMDL facility, “investigate” cat’s mysterious illness
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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


AgriLife Advanced Leaders pose for a picture in front of a sugar cane field

AgriLife Advanced Leaders get a Sweet Experience in the Sugar Cane Fields

Members of the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program (AALP) Cohort II recently visited the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Corpus Christi. Amongst the agenda items was a tour of the center's fields, greenhouses and research labs, including programs in cotton physiology, sugar cane transgenic lines, drought tolerance and mariculture. The sugar cane pictured here is rated for biomass production in the coastal bend area. The meeting was held August 12-15, 2013. Stay tuned to the Vice Chancellor's Updates for more information about the program in next month's issue. In the meantime, learn more by visiting the webpage.


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