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‘Feed the Future’; AAEC’s Conrad Lyford receives Fulbright Grant

‘Feed the Future’; AAEC’s Conrad Lyford receives Fulbright Grant

A longtime leader in Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics is the recipient of a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. Conrad Lyford, an associate professor specializing in agribusiness, will travel to Hawassa University in Ethiopia to work with Ethiopian educators and researchers to facilitate agribusiness development and value chain rationalization.  more »

 

Expect minimal impact from recent Chinese cotton reserve policy changes

Expect minimal impact from recent Chinese cotton reserve policy changes

An analysis of a recent price decline in China’s reserve cotton finds that the dip will have minor impacts on China’s cotton production, consumption, ending stocks and imports, according to a study led by Texas Tech University agricultural researchers. Meantime, the impacts on the U.S. cotton market are likely to be negligible.  more »

 

Serendipitous Finding: Try some pig pheromone to stop unruly dogs barking

Serendipitous Finding: Try some pig pheromone to stop unruly dogs barking

If your dog is misbehaving, a Texas Tech University professor suggests that you might want to spray it with pig pheromones, reports the editors of New Scientist today (Mar. 28). Androstenone is found in boar saliva and helps induce sows to mate. Now it is the active ingredient in a spray marketed as being able to calm boisterous dogs.  more »

 

Loneragan tapped as faculty fellow by Texas Tech’s Vice President for Research

Loneragan tapped as faculty fellow by Texas Tech’s Vice President for Research

Guy Loneragan, a Texas Tech veterinary epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health, has been named a faculty fellow for faculty development in the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research. He will assume his new quarter-time appointment role on April 1.  more »

 

Cold Takes Toll; Supplemental feeding influences survival of West Texas quail

Cold Takes Toll; Supplemental feeding influences survival of West Texas quail

This winter’s bitter cold has been hard on everybody, but it’s been particularly tough on quail, those small birds that survive the cold by feeding on tiny seeds. That was particularly true out of Texas Rolling Plains during a large January weather event that dumped more than a foot of snow that hung on for days.  more »

 

Texas Tech researchers, students help overhaul New Zealand beef market

Texas Tech researchers, students help overhaul New Zealand beef market

The success of Texas Tech University’s research in meat science and quality is no secret to West Texas or even the state. Now the value of that research is being tasted around the world. Specifically, New Zealand’s beef industry recently has been overhauled by research completed through Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.  more »

 

Texas Tech scientist raises concern of using beta agonists in beef cattle

Texas Tech scientist raises concern of using beta agonists in beef cattle

Use of certain animal drugs known as beta agonists in cattle production has received considerable national attention. A Texas Tech University veterinary epidemiologist has found that although there are significant societal benefits to the practice, an increase in death loss of cattle raises questions about welfare implications of its use.  more »