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Snowboarder Magazine; Tech prof lauds new plant-based sunglass lens use

Snowboarder Magazine; Tech prof lauds new plant-based sunglass lens use

Snowboarder magazine’s website reports today (Mar. 21) that Zeal Optics is introducing one of the world’s first sunglass lens using a plant-based bonding agent, replacing a petroleum-based bonder. With the new e-llume lenses, the Boulder, Colo.-based company now believes that it leads the way towards completely removing crude oil from sunglass production.  more »

 

Food safety focus; AFS’s Loneragan named to national USDA committee

Food safety focus; AFS’s Loneragan named to national USDA committee

A professor of food safety and public health with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been appointed to a national committee that will provide recommendations on microbial criteria of food. The selection of Guy Loneragan to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods was announced today (Mar. 1) by USDA officials.  more »

 

Rate of Return; Categorizing farms according to size is tough row to hoe

Rate of Return; Categorizing farms according to size is tough row to hoe

It seems simple enough. What is a farm? The U.S. Agriculture Department defines it as “any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the year.” “Very large farms” are defined as having gross sales of more than $500,000.  more »

 

SW Farm Press: Lack of Farm Bill Opens Agriculture to Looming Larger Cuts

SW Farm Press: Lack of Farm Bill Opens Agriculture to Looming Larger Cuts

Failure of the U.S. Congress to pass a farm bill during the last legislative session and apparent apathy from leaders in the House of Representatives to take up the issue anytime soon creates an air of uncertainty and skepticism from farmers and the agricultural industry, according to an agriculture economics professor at Texas Tech University.  more »

 

Recognition; Retired PSS Prof Receives AFGC Distinguished Grasslander Award

Recognition; Retired PSS Prof Receives AFGC Distinguished Grasslander Award

Noted agroecosystem research scientist Vivien Allen has received the 2013 Distinguished Grasslander Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council. The honor was presented at the group’s annual conference Jan. 6-9 in Covington, Kentucky.  more »

 

Tech Plant and Soil Science Department Adds Turfgrass Expert Joseph Young

Tech Plant and Soil Science Department Adds Turfgrass Expert Joseph Young

An experienced golf course and sports turf management researcher has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Plant and Soil Science, according to officials with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Joseph Young officially stepped into new his teaching and research post on Jan. 1.  more »

 

Associated Press Report: Texas Tech Microwave Keeps Bread Mold at Bay

Associated Press Report: Texas Tech Microwave Keeps Bread Mold at Bay

Attention, bread shoppers: A Texas Tech-based company could have the answer to some consumers’ unwelcome discovery that just-purchased loaves contain mold, reports the Associated Press today (Jan. 8). MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days.  more »