AFCERC provides analyses, strategic planning, and forecasts of the market conditions impacting domestic and global agricultural, agribusiness, and food industries. Our high-quality, objective, and timely research supports strategic decision-making at all levels of the supply chain from producers to processors, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. An enhanced emphasis on consumer economics adds depth to our research on the behavioral and social aspects of health, nutrition, and food safety. Through our research endeavors, outreach programs, and industry collaboration, we have become a leading source of knowledge on how food reaches consumers efficiently and contributes to safe and healthy lives. AFCERC is a research and outreach service of Texas AgriLife Research and Extension and resides within the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.
The Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) conducts analyses of the impacts of government policy proposals and/or implementation procedures on farmers, agribusiness’s, taxpayers, and consumers. Its primary constituency is the U.S. Congress, particularly the Agriculture Committees. The AFPC also conducts research and/or educational programs for government agencies, farm and agribusiness organizations, and agricultural leadership throughout Texas and the nation.
The mission of the CAAQES is to provide the research, technology transfer, and educational programs that will result in appropriate regulation of agricultural operations, rapid adoption of new air pollution abatement technology, as well as increase the number of graduates pursuing careers in environmental air quality fields. The concept of the CAAQES is that faculty will conduct research and develop adult educational programs for technology transfer, and course work for both undergraduates and graduate students. The research results will serve as the science and engineering base for the appropriate regulation of air pollution.
Conduct basic research in the areas of uterine biology and physiological genomics to understand the hormonal, cellular, and molecular mechanisms regulating uterine development and uterine functions during the estrous cycle, as well as interactions between the uterus and conceptus (embryo/fetus and associated membranes) for establishment and maintenance of pregnancy. The goal of this research program is development of management and clinical therapies to increase reproductive health, and enhance reproductive efficiency in humans and domestic animals.
Established in 1991, the Center for Natural Resource Information Technology (CNRIT) serves as an institution for research and development that takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to information and decision support systems for planning, monitoring and assessing management paradigms, new technologies and policy relative to the economic well-being of landholders, society and the natural resources supporting future generations.
The Center for North American Studies meets high-priority national needs to provide objective analyses for rapid, precise responses to emerging trade and international policy issues. Priority programs include: (1) response to national and state priorities with economic impact analysis; (2) identification and analysis of crucial emerging international trade trends and issues; and (3) development and implementation of extension programs to educate key business and policy leaders.
The Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center (VFIC), a part of the Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences, was established in 1992 to support and strengthen the total vegetable industry through research. Its goal is to develop new technologies for producing quality vegetable products in an efficient, economic and environmentally sound system, with a focus on achieving health and nutrition benefits. In March 1999, fruit was officially added to the name and research scope of the Center.
The goals of the newly established Water Conservation and Technology Center (WCTC) in San Antonio are to accelerate development and adoption of new and innovative technologies to solve emerging water problems and meet future water supply needs. The center is establishing a team of scientists, engineers and water professionals dedicated to accelerating the development and adoption of technologies for water conservation needed to meet the water demands and economic growth of the future.