December 2011

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 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:

Content has been updated on the main pages of Extension, Research and the College. New and/or refreshed sites include and

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,, District 11 at, 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

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