Texas A&M AgriLife ‘Advancing Texas’ event to be held Aug. 22 in McAllen

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Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor and Dean Patrick Stover
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor and Dean Patrick Stover

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McAllen, Texas – Texas could become a model for the world on how to lower diet-related health care costs through nutrition and responsive agriculture. On Aug. 22, Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor and Dean Patrick Stover, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp and Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa will host an Advancing Texas discussion about this issue at the Texas A&M Higher Education Center in McAllen. The event will explore the connections between agriculture and health, with a particular focus on developing solutions for South Texas. 

The title of the event will be Health, Agriculture and the Role of Texas A&M AgriLife. This free event should be of interest to farmers, ranchers, landowners, business owners, and anyone interested in the environment, nutrition, health and wellness. It will include a meet-and-greet and panel discussion.                                                                                                

Agriculture has an unrealized opportunity to boost prosperity and substantially reduce diet- and lifestyle-related chronic diseases and health care costs, while also increasing its profitability by better aligning producers and consumers. This and other opportunities of benefit to South Texas will be addressed at the Advancing Texas event.                                                                                      


Advancing Texas panelists

  • Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Texas District 20
  • John Sharp—Chancellor, The Texas A&M University System
  • Patrick Stover—Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M AgriLife; Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Moderator: Dr. Susan Ballabina, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Texas A&M AgriLife, College Station.

WHAT: Texas A&M AgriLife’s Advancing Texas initiative. Advancing Texas is a roadshow across Texas hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor and Dean, Dr. Patrick Stover, its purpose is to promote the vision of Texas A&M AgriLife and increase fundraising opportunities that will impact its teaching, research, extension and service programs. It is also a platform in which to hear from stakeholders across the state, showcase advancements within the college and agencies, and engage new supporters for Texas A&M AgriLife.

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WHEN: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Aug. 22. Media interviews available during the event. The event will include a meet-and-greet and panel discussion. At 5:30pm – cocktail /reception; 6 p.m. – panel discussion; 6:40 p.m. – closing remarks.

WHERE: Texas A&M Higher Education Center, 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard, McAllen.             

FOR MORE: https://agrilife.org/advancingtexas/.

Media contacts: Holly Shive, assistant vice chancellor for Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications, 361-782-8284, [email protected] 

Katherine Hancock, associate director of strategic marketing and communications, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications, 979-319-0469, [email protected]  

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