A summary of the Texas Legislative Session as it relates to Texas A&M AgriLife
Texas A&M AgriLife Update from the Vice Chancellor and Dean

July 2015

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Aug. 3-5

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course


Oct. 17

5th Annual College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Tailgate

BTHO Alabama!


Mar. 16–Nov. 8
Exhibit: History in the Making: Texas A&M Forest Service, highlighting the agency's past 100 years, at the George Bush Presidential Library

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Helpful Resources

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84th Legislative Session Update

A successful session for Texas A&M AgriLife wraps up


I wanted to provide you with a brief summary of the 84th Texas Legislative Session, which ended on May 31st.

For the 2016-2017 biennium, our four Texas A&M AgriLife agencies each requested exceptional items that focused on key issues facing Texas and Texans. While, not all of those could be funded, I am very pleased to report that we will receive $31 million in new state funding so that we may collectively continue to serve our state and impact our nation and world. In addition to new funding, we also maintained funding which will continue to support many of our agencies’ key programs.

Read on for a summary of each agency’s requests.

In addition to the funding received by our agencies, Texas A&M University received $75 million in capital construction funding for a new biological safety research lab-3 (BSL-3), and Texas A&M Galveston received $60 million for the expansion of instructional facilities. Both of these items are important due to the partnership between our agencies and Texas A&M University in the area of infectious disease. Our efforts will be supported by the new BSL-3 lab and coastal and marine fisheries, which will be supported by the new facility in Galveston.

This was a successful session for our AgriLife agencies and their missions and I would like to thank all of the Texas legislators for their ongoing support. I’d also like to thank Chancellor Sharp for his continued collaboration as he helps educate lawmakers about our programs and services.



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


Making Headlines


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


Rainwater harvesting getting new flood of interest after recent rains

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College of Agriculture & Life Sciences


Trash talk challenges faculty to find ways to stop global food waste

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Texas A&M Forest Service


Plan My Land Operation Online Tool Now Available

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research


Engineer develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype

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Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory


TVMDL helps make cattle history, bringing superior genetics to Ecuador’s cattle population

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Awards and Achievements


Please join us in congratulating our recent award recipients!

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Session Photo


4-H at the Capitol

Nearly 400 4-H youths and their families visited the capitol on March 25 to meet with their legislators and provide information about 4-H in their district. Attendees sat in on the House and Senate meetings, learned about the Texas legislature, and toured the capitol building. Pictured above are 4-H officers and members with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp.


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