In addition to the annual hustle and bustle of the holiday season, December also brought some welcome rain to Texas. The AgriLife educational media team worked on these publications:
- Special Foods Needs (D-1284)
- Small Acreage Alfalfa for West Texas
- Wood-boring Beetles of Structures
- Stormwater Management: Rain Gardens (B-6247)
- Home Lawn Irrigation and Water Conservation
- Agricultural Taxes
- Wounded Warrior scripts
- Irrigation monitoring with Soil Water Sensors
- Drivers of Vegetation Change
- Texas Well Owner Network: Overview Graphics
- Economic Impact of Beef Cattle (Cow Pregnancy Testing) (E-301)
- Economic Impact of Beef Cattle (Embryo Transfer) (E-302)
- Economic Impact of Beef Cattle (Artificial Insemination) (E-303)
- Managing Volunteer Cotton in Grain Crops (E-322)
Team members also sent list of educational media proposals for 2012 to administration; explored ebook conversion; culled files in preparation for the move to the new building; received bids for Eastern Texas Forage Calendar; discussed pricing of eight publications on feral hogs with author; met with an entomologist concerning a refresh of the fireants website; worked with student workers; checked printer proof of Herbs Made Easy; narrated and edited revision of Spinal Cord Injury video; cleaned out files and consolidated photos.
In December, the media relations team continued writing news articles on such timely and current topics as:
- Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership meeting to discuss planning information
- Texas crop, weather
- A new grain-testing program administered by the Office of the Texas State Chemist
- Keeping safe when setting up/out interior and exterior Christmas decorations for the home
- Virus-resistant tomato that has helped the processing business in the Valley
- Water conservation focus of McAllen event
- Drought year gave researcher chance to test heat tolerance of roses
Team members also conducted performance reviews; attended an “Agricultural Communicators in the High Plains” meeting; covered the Drought Joint Information Center teleconference; planned AgriLife Extension television spots for six months; attended a farm show; attended a Chamber of Commerce luncheon; and wrote an article for The Scion, the Bexar County Master Gardener newsletter.
In December the Web team moved the 250 Extension county office sites at counties.agrilife.org to a new service provider. AgriLife Today RSS widget can now pull from the top-level agency category. Team members also coordinated with IT to repair some accessibility issues with the old templates; and sent out an evaluation survey to 180 users who have attended a Centra training.
Videos for new theme features: http://agrilife.org/learnwordpress/category/agriflex/
Content has been updated on the main pages of Extension, Research and the College. New and/or refreshed sites include borlaug.tamu.edu and rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu.
Sites are in progress for Social Media Handbook, Agency Director Search Site, City Bugs, Bexar County Migration, College Study Abroad, TVMDL, District 1 Blog, Feed The Future and Potter County.
Websites waiting for approval or responding to feedback are: San Angelo, Extension Employee, VFIC, Plant Pathology, Wildlife at wfsc.tamu.edu, Communities.tamu.edu, District 11 at coastalbend.tamu.edu, Lubbock Center and Vernon Blog.
New sites going live are:
Watch, Read, Listen now supports YouTube Playlists. All video lectures have been posted to the Feed the Future site at http://agrilife.org/feedthefuture/program/