| MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2023 |

Did You Know?

Did you know there is a five-acre urban rooftop park and sustainable organic farm in downtown Houston? If you take a visit over the holiday season (or any other time), know that our PVAMU Extension specialists with the Small Farm Institute are experts in urban agriculture and happy to help you learn more about building your own sustainable garden at home.

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Holiday Greetings


CAFNR's Fall Class of 2023

Celebrating Student Success

Congratulations to the 26 exceptional College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) graduates. These young leaders have worked hard to earn their degrees, and we are proud to see them represent the College. 

We also want to take this opportunity to thank the faculty and staff who participated in or attended the graduation ceremony. Your presence meant a lot to the students, and it showed that we are a community that supports student success.

If you could not attend, click here to watch the ceremony and hear words of wisdom from President Tomikia P. LeGrande and guest speaker Dr. Dietra Trent.

CAFNR in the News


YAY! Once again, our college is receiving tremendous support from the university with premiere homepage placement! Leading up to the commencement ceremony CAFNR's own Joshua Evans and Rukeia Draw-Hood, Ph.D., were featured in two excellent articles. This recognition is a testament to our college's strong collaboration and partnership with the university. We are grateful for this ongoing support and look forward to showcasing continued success!

Visiting Professor Introduces New Research to Improve Performance and Prevent Diseases in Chickens

PVAMU Poultry Center

Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wareth

Dr. Jayant Lohakare

We are pleased to announce that Ahmed A.A. Abdel-Wareth, Ph.D., has joined CAFNR as a Visiting Professor at the Poultry Center. He will work on a project funded by the Science and Technology Development Fund of Egypt (STDF-USA) titled "New nutritional supplements as eco-friendly agents to improve performance and prevent emerging disease in chickens." The project is in collaboration with Jayant Lohakare, Ph.D., Director and Research Professor at the PVAMU Poultry Center. Dr. Abdel-Wareth has been with us since August and we are excited to have him on board. His expertise in poultry nutrition and disease prevention will be invaluable to our team, and we look forward to his contributions to our research efforts.

Recent International Publications:

In Ovo Feeding Techniques of Green Nanoparticles of Silver and Probiotics: Evaluation of Performance, Physiological, and Microbiological Responses of Hatched One-Day-Old Broiler Chicks

Bioactive Lipid Compounds as Eco-Friendly Agents in the Diets of Broiler Chicks for Sustainable Production and Health Status

Bio for Ahmed Abdel-Wareth

Along with the very successful weekly Farmers Market, we provided fresh vegetables and eggs to our local community. Thanks to the former city of Prairie View mayor and current city council member David Allen, Information, Impact and Sustainability Center (IISC) Director TeKedra Pierre and Assistant Director Trevior Mays, along with Sarah WiemkenDebra BradfordWillie DeWalt, and Braylon Shavers (Farm Employee/2023 College of Business grad) for harvesting mustard greens to distribute to residents in Alta Vista and the surrounding Prairie View community.

Special thanks to Cassandra GrayAdrian Avina, and the Poultry Center team for preparing eggs for distribution.

Recently spotted on the farm was Clarence Bunch, Ph.D., and students working to revitalize the PVAMU Extension Urban Agriculture Demonstration site. The plot is located at PVAMU on the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Farm and Ranch and will surely provide an abundance of impact on our local producers. Looking forward to seeing a thriving site by our 2024 Ag Field Days (April 19-20)!

The Farmers Market will be back every Wednesday starting on February 14, 2024. Be sure to visit and support our Student Garden Club and local vendors!

New CAFNR Faculty


Dr. Jennifer Quinlan

Dr. Jenelle Robinson

Our Nutrition and Food programs are growing! We are excited to announce the new addition of Jennifer Quinlan, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Integrated Food Security Center (IFSRC), and Jenelle Robinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Nutrition and Food Program, to our team of faculty members. Both will start in early 2024; we warmly welcome them and look forward to their contributions!

Retirement Celebration for Bill Foxworth

Thank you for Your Service

Many gathered to enjoy good food, cake, and fun stories to celebrate the retirement of International Goat Research Center (IGRC) Research Director and Lead Scientist Bill Foxworth, Ph.D. who has been with us since 2013We appreciate the dedication and leadership he has shown over the years and wish him the best in his retirement!

CAFNR Events in 2024

Save the Dates

As we approach the New Year, we are excited to share with you a list of upcoming events that you won't want to miss. Events such as the National FFA Career Development Event and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will need volunteers! Stay tuned for more information on these upcoming events and to connect with the CAFNR community and learn more about our mission and impact.

PVAMU/TAMU Land Grant Day

February 2

National FFA Career Development Event

February 15

PV TrailRiders Chili Cook Off

February 19

Women In Agriculture Conference

February 23

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

February 27 - March 17

PVAMU Panther Land Day

March 23

Ag Field Day

April 19-20

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