New Research Frontiers Begin

September 12, 2016

Members of the Natural Resources and Environmental Systems, Ripendra Awal and Haimanote Bayabil, experimented with the CAHS’ unmanned aircraft system (UAS), commonly known as a drone, on the University Farm this past week. The UAS was bought early this year as part of the Smart Agriculture and Natural Resources Management research activities. Both scientists participated …

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4-H National Headquarters in conjunction with NASA provided an opportunity for Texas 4-Her’s from the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) in Dallas and Harris counties to participate in events with Astronaut Peggy Whitson (an Iowa 4-H Alum). Whitson will be leading the team made up of Tomas Pesquet from France and Oleg Novitskiy from Russia on …

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On August 19-21, 2016, youth, adult volunteers, and staff gathered in New Braunfels, TX to celebrate the success of the 2015-2016 Heroes 4-Health grant funded initiative. This time was also used to plan for the 2016-17 implementation of the National 4-H and Wal-Mart supported grant. Twenty-eight summit attendees (17 youth, 5 volunteers and 6 staff) …

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Addressing regional opportunities and strengthening Extension programing, the Southern Region Program Leader Network (SR-PLN), Association of Extension Administrators and Association of Southern Region Extension Directors held a joint meeting in Nashville, TN, this past week from August 22-26. The conference theme was “Creating New Harmonies: Addressing Regional Opportunities.” The mission of the SR-PLN is to …

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Over 40 farmers and ranchers from Waller and several neighboring counties attended the Livestock Fencing Workshop hosted by the Cooperative Extension Program on Saturday, August 13 on the campus of Prairie View A&M University. The workshop focused on modern fence construction for cattle and goat/sheep. The attendees included farmers and ranchers from various backgrounds and …

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When parents look for someone to watch their children, they want someone who is dependable and responsible. Bell County and Central Texas Housing Consortium offer a Safe Sitter Training course that teaches babysitters the qualities parents seek in having someone care for their children. Designed for youth age nine and older, the training teaches participants …

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The Cooperative Extension Program held its 4th Annual Housing Fair this past spring. Although heavy flooding prevented a large turnout, there were 67 attendees. Nine industry groups were on hand at the fair to educate the public about programs available. Participants found especially useful the information regarding the annual federal income tax credit of up …

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Last week marked the closing of three summer camp programs in the College. Starting with the Research Extension Apprentice Program (REAP) followed by the AgDiscovery Camp and finally the 4-H Youth Leadership Laboratory, over 125 young people converged on campus between June and July to increase awareness of career opportunities in Agriculture and Human Sciences. …

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Businesses in Development make BIDs at the Texas Fair

Senator Royce West’s “Doing Business Texas Style Bid Fair” is the largest premier business expo in the southwest. The Bid Fair links minority owned businesses with corporations, public sector agencies and prime federal suppliers giving them opportunities they may not have otherwise enjoyed without this unique ability to directly connect with this network of prime …

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2016 REAP students and coordinators

Our nation is faced with a critical shortage of well-trained professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. Innovative programs that are accessible and attractive to young people are needed to generate their interest in undergraduate and graduate science majors. As a land-grant and Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Prairie View A&M, brought about by …

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