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Food safety tips when grilling, cooking outdoors

Proper cleaning is key to avoiding foodborne illness from grate to plate Cleaning grill grates, keeping a clean workspace, and properly storing and preparing meats are all important to maintaining food quality and avoiding foodborne illness, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts A clean grate is a great start Davey Griffin, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension meat specialist in the Department of Animal Science of Texas A&M University, said cleaning the grill grate is not as simple a proposition as it may seem. “A lot of people think scraping the grate clean with… Read More →

Mom was right about not touching slime; researchers looking at pathogens in food facilities

By Coral Beach on June 9, 2020 New research underway seeks to determine how and where bacteria hide in food processing plants so that they can be eliminated, to the benefit of public health and the bottom line of food companies. The project involves scientists at Texas A&M, Stanford University, and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service U.S. Meat Animal Research Center’s pilot meat processing facility in Clay Center, NE. Their work has the backing of a $479,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the project… Read More →

Sheep, goat market update amid COVID-19 topic of June 11 online meeting

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo will present its fourth online meeting on the impact of COVID-19 on sheep and goat markets June 11. The event will use the Zoom video meeting platform starting at 3 p.m. Participants need to download Zoom to their computer or smart phone in advance of the meeting to preregister. Once preregistered, participants will be given the meeting link and have the option to join online or by phone. This event is free and open to the public…. Read More →

Angus VNR: Above and Beyond Nutrition

All living things need specific amino acids, but people can’t synthesize all of them. No worries—cattle provide them by upcycling proteins from rough forage into nutrious beef. “If you try and consume all of your amino acids or meet your amino acid requirements from a grain source like corn or sorghum, you’re going to have to over consume calories. And so that’ll contribute to obesity and those types of problems,” says Tryon Wickersham, Ruminant Nutritionist at Texas A&M University. Enjoying those amino acids within the nutrient density of… Read More →

Texas 4-H makes additional preparations for safe summer camps

Additional cleaning, mobile check-in, limiting equipment use among enhanced safety measures The Texas 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood is making changes to its various summer camps as a means to protect attendees and camp workers from the coronavirus. Texas 4-H is the youth development component of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an educational outreach agency of the Texas A&M University System. Each year, the center offers a variety of fun and educational summer camps focused on helping youth develop important life skills. “We are still planning on… Read More →

2020 Dairy Max scholarship awarded to #tamuansc Dairy Science Club member

JUSTIN, Texas — Nicole Koke of Dublin, Texas, is a 2020 Dairy MAX scholarship recipient because of her outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership and achievement in agriculture. Koke is one of four students with dairy roots receiving a $2,500 scholarship from Dairy MAX. Dairy farmers not only produce a nutritious food for the world, but play a vital role in helping their local communities thrive. The Dairy MAX scholarship program is a way of giving back to dairy farm families, while investing in the future of dairy. “With the… Read More →

Cattle fever tick numbers on the rise

AgriLife experts warn of ticks’ potential negative economic impact Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are working to help thwart the spread of cattle fever. An announcement from the Texas Animal Health Commission, TAHC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, USDA-CFTEP, that cattle fever tick infestations have spread outside the permanent quarantine zone prompted concern from AgriLife experts, who last dealt with a large outbreak in 2017. “The discovery of more fever tick infestations, particularly outside of the… Read More →

Organizers move Texas A&M’s Beef Cattle Short Course to online format

Texas A&M’s Beef Cattle Short Course, an annual event that draws thousands of people to campus each summer, will be held online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will broadcast Aug. 3-5, but will be available for registered participants to watch at their own pace. Topics include animal health, nutrition, reproduction, breeding, genetics, marketing, landowner issues, fence building and more.  There will be a virtual trade show and live demonstrations. Last year’s 65th annual event attracted more than 2,300 attendees and more than 140 exhibitors,… Read More →

Market changes hurt Texas milk producers

Industry experts say they hope worst may be behind them Milk production remains steady despite COVID-19-related disruptions to the farm-to-market supply chains, said Jennifer Spencer, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist, Stephenville. Texas is the No. 5 milk-producing state in the U.S. with about 12.6 billion pounds of milk annually valued at approximately $19 million. The direct economic impact of dairy production in Texas amounts to more than $3.3 billion annually, and the Texas Association of Dairymen reports milk products bring almost $40 billion into the… Read More →

Senior Merit awarded to five #tamuansc students

Each year during Family Weekend, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences holds its Ag Convocation. One of the highlights is the Spring 2020 Awards, but due to COVID-19, the event was canceled. However, we wanted to recognize our Senior Merit Award Winners, two faculty teaching awards and the Alpha Zeta outstanding students. A video presentation and more about the award winners is below. Senior Merit Award winners Senior Merit Awards have been presented by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for over 50 years.  The awards… Read More →