New coffee center, financial program, vector research, construction & more
New coffee center, financial program, vector research, construction & more
Winter 2016
Sending warm wishes for tasty holidays and a bold new year

Bold new center to protect international coffee industry

As the weather cools and holidays heat up, we hope you'll keep warm this season with a delicious cup of coffee. And thanks to AgriLife researchers, you'll hopefully be able to continue drinking rich, flavorful coffee for many holidays to come!
The new Center for Coffee Research and Education is stepping up efforts to protect a worldwide multibillion dollar-a-year industry plagued with problems such as diseases, narrow genetic diversity, climate change and an ever-increasing global demand.
In response to these challenges, the Texas A&M University Board of Regents voted to create the premier scientific center in the world dedicated to the advancement of research and development to improve the quality and sustainability of coffee.
The Center for Coffee Research and Education, located within our own Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, will seek to make rapid gains in research to sustain and grow the world’s coffee supply — saving coffee and our mornings! Find more news and resources at
As always, I am pleased to say that Texas A&M AgriLife's outstanding teaching, research, extension and service make the perfect blend.
I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year!
Mark A. Hussey
Vice Chancellor and Dean
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Making Headines
Representatives hold oversize million dollar check

The USAA Educational Foundation, Texas A&M establish military financial readiness program

This $1 million first-of-its-kind program will assist future military leaders in financial decisions.
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AgriLife Research team makes strides in fight against Zika

There’s a war raging on a tiny battlefield and the outcome could well touch millions of people worldwide threatened by Zika and related viruses.
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Construction rendering

New Diagnostic Laboratory set to open next month

After 2 years of construction, the state-of-the-art facilty is nearly finished. 
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A Texas well water tank sitting in a field

Texas Well Owner Network teaming up with Healthy South Texas

Private water wells should be tested annually for common contaminants, including E. coli bacteria, nitrates and high salinity.
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Volunteers shake hands

More than 15 million awarded in grants to fire departments

Texas fire departments received more than $15 million in grants through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.
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awards medals on a table

Awards and Achievements

Please join us in congratulating our faculty, staff, current students and former students on their recent awards and achievements.
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Upcoming Events
2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference
January 9-13, 2017
Don't miss out on the 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference! Onsite registration will be available at the conference.
Huey Helicoptor

When Service is First

Texas A&M Forest Service personnel in the Amarillo and Wolfforth offices assisted Randall County in moving a Vietnam era "Huey" helicopter Sunday, Oct. 30. This piece of American history was relocated to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Amarillo, Texas. TFS was honored to assist with the transport. Thanks to Troy Ducheneaux for the photos.
Sweeten recieves certificate of retirement

A Legacy of Leadership

Dr. John Sweeten, resident director of research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, is retiring after almost 45 years of service. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. John Sweeten for all that he has given for the betterment of the agriculture industry in the high plains, Texas and the nation. Pictured above are (left to right) Dr. Daniel Leskovar, Dr. John Sweeten and Dr. Ted Wilson.
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