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January 2013

Mark Your

Jan. 21
TAMU Break – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Feb. 6
4-H Day At The Capitol

Feb. 16
Aggieland Saturday

Ongoing Events

Thru May 27
83rd Texas Legislative Session

Thru July 5
Exhibit: “Genome: The Secret of How Life Works”

In the News

Report for the President on Agricultural Preparedness and The Agriculture Research Enterprise

Repeated polyploidization of Gossypium genomes and the evolution of spinnable cotton fibres

*As seen in Nature, an international weekly journal of science. Co-Authored by David M. Stelly
Department of Soil and Crop Science

Setting the Table for a Hotter, Flatter, More Crowded Earth

The 2013 AgriLife Conference sparked much excitement this past week, with more than 500 AgriLife professionals attending from all over the state. We celebrated our past successes, gained valuable information on current events, and discussed the challenges we will face in the future. Every session sparked valuable conversation, which is the first step in strategizing how AgriLife will answer the call of our grand challenges:
• Feeding Our World
• Protecting Our Environment
• Improving Our Health
• Enriching Our Youth
• Growing Our Economy

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA), challenged us with numerous questions, or “wicked problems” as he called them. Many of these “wicked problems” will come to a head as the population continues to grow. Food, water, environment, climate change, energy, health, poverty – the list goes on.

What can we in AgriLife do to help mitigate these problems? How will we approach them together? I’m eager to get started. As land grant universities and systems of the 21st century, I believe we will succeed by continuing our strong, discipline-based discovery, engagement and education; transitioning to multi-disciplinary, integrative, participatory systems of discovery, engagement and education; and focusing on impacts and outcomes.

What are your thoughts on the major issues facing our society and what strengths or weaknesses do you think AgriLife has in answering these tough questions? As we begin developing our answers to our grand challenges, our goal is to identify and encourage current and emerging programs and generate open dialog with our faculty, staff and agency leadership.

Look for more lectures and discussion forums on the grand challenges this Spring, and join in the conversation today by posting a comment and reading more about Dr. Ramaswamy’s keynote address.

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

Making Headlines

2013 AgriLife Conference Awards

Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Join us in congratulating our faculty, staff and alumni.
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Texas A&M AgriLife Research gets grant to crack biofuel production waste issue
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College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

Students create $25,000 scholarship with future students in mind
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Chief of Cornell’s veterinary diagnostic center delivers keynote at session
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Texas A&M Forest Service

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Two decades after collection, seeds to finally become trees in Bastrop
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Rediscovering the Texas Plant Diagnostic Lab
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Photo of the Month

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA), meets with the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program Cohorts I and II.


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