February 2012

This is a Leap Year, so February has 29 days … giving one more day this month for AgriLife communications specialists to work their magic.

This month the educational media team worked on these publications:

Herbs Made Easy

Eastern Texas Forage Calendar

• Agricultural Taxes

Alfalfa for Small Acreage in West Texas

• Stormwater Management: Rain Gardens

Drivers of Vegetation Change in Texas Rangelands

External Parasites of Cattle

• Lone Star Healthy Streams Dairy Cattle Manual

• Cedar Creek Watershed Management

• Eagle Mountain Watershed Management

• Managing Coyotes with Snares (L-1917)

• Wildlife Services (L-1915)

• Managing Feral Hog Damage (L-1925)

• Managing Beaver Damage (L-1911)

• Trapping Coyotes (L-1908)

Cedar Creek Watershed Management (B-6248)

• Eagle Mountain Watershed Management (B-6249)

Recreation Parks and Tourism submission

• External Parasites of Texas Cattle

• Wheat Pest Guide

• Citrus Greening Disease Factsheet and hang cards

This month team members also: Added information to manuscript and proof checklists; worked with agricultural engineering staff on a collaboration with the University of Guadalajara faculty on the translation of the Rainwater Harvesting Manual; moved to the new AgriLife building; offered alternatives to unplanned publications; coordinated requests to reprint 400 copies of Managing Insect Pests of Texas Sunflowers; sent map of Extension districts to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; produced and delivered 35 copies of the Junior Master Gardener Resource disk in Spanish; helped with V. G. Young Institute’s statewide training for county judges and commissioners; compiled a report of current inventory and 2011 sales of all Wildlife Services publications; established user account with ALEC Audio recording studio; responded to requests for Experiment Station publications; and set retirement plans for Extensión en Español.


Over at the Web team, several new sites are now in WordPress CMS:

• VC blog at http://agrilife.org/vc/news/blog/

• 4-H Center at http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu

• San Angelo at sanangelo.tamu.edu

• Vice Chancellor’s Site at http://agrilife.org/vc

• New Locations Map on AgriLife.org at http://agrilife.org/locations

• plantpathology.tamu.edu

• cafoaq.tamu.edu

• agrilife.org/rptsyouth

• Bell County Youth Fair

• Potter County Master Gardeners

• Research Faculty Fellow Awards

Also, http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/ was moved to a new mobile-friendly theme, and Pete Gibb’s Extension Updates has content issues.

Content updates include:

• New Admitted Students Facebook Group

• Fresh content for the main pages of the College, Research and Extension

Major infrastructure changes were made when team members noticed unusual behavior from the new server. The team at WP-Engine moved the AgriLife team to a new cluster. All txmg.org sites were migrated to the new server at WP-Engine.

The Web team also is working on these projects:

• Agnews archive move

• AgriLife Today redesign

• College site information architecture revision

• Research site redesign


• Beaumont Center


• ALEC video podcast

• Master Gardener theme

• Extension site fix (per Pete Gibbs)

• manurespreading.tamu.edu

• Donald Kelm’s blog

• Borlaug plant genomics/biotech website

• HUB vendor feedback page

• Approval for Bexar County and communities.tamu.edu


The media relations team hasn’t let the Leap Day slow them down. This month they produced news articles on:

• Blacklands farmers continue to increase production over past 50 years

• New publication explains how feral hogs negatively affect native plants

• James Allison presented 2012 Texas AgriLife Extension Service Partnership Award

• May, June commercial sheep and goat production workshops slated

• Searcy named department head

• Crop and weather

• Angora goat test to begin as scheduled Feb. 27-28

• U.S. Energy Department grants $1.87 million for plant fuel project

• Dallas County Pasture Management program set March 30

• Costa Rica field class

• AgriLife Research study shows temperatures may change disease resistance in wheat

• Practical information on choosing bulls for cattle herds

• New Knox agent

• Raising trophy bass takes top management practices

• Livestock Judging Clinic to be held March 24

• New tool that is being utilized by the livestock industry

• Students cross training in the veg and fruit improvement center get some cool jobs … and they all get jobs

• ‘Beef producers shouldn’t get too caught up in adding cattle to herds despite recent rainfall,’ according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist

• Wildlife considerations are a part of ranch management care and will be a part of the Ranch Management University in April

• 4-H letting Camp Corral use the Brownwood center for one of their summer camps for military kids

• How the section 18 for topguard came about for cotton rootrot

• Landscape management workshop for professionals to take place March 23 in Seven Points

• Herbs made easy is a new wheel that features 10 common herbs, tells how to use them and includes a recipe book

Team members also produced six videos, 16 with photos, and one audio.

In addition team members: attended the Texans Caring for Texans meeting; served as chair of the awards committee in-house and gathering applications for a scholarship program; met with Extension economists to help with a dairy bulletin; met online with ACE SIG leaders; conducted troubleshooting on website issues; spoke to agricultural journalism class; helped a specialist fine-tune his blog; worked with a regional family and consumer sciences contact to coordinate a press conference in conjunction with Dairy MAX announcing our partnership in the “Fuel Up to Play 60” nutrition and exercise initiative; edited Ensor’s West Region blog; provided a of Sonora Station’s marketing brochure; helped start a Big Country agriculture marketing brochure; contacted the entire Lubbock center professional staff for GAS report; judged the youth public speaking contest at the San Angelo Stock Show; worked on and manage the Cattle Tick microsite; attended the Tri-State Fair board meeting and in-house Center Committee; worked on agnews archives; helped plan the annual North American Agricultural Journalists meeting in D.C.; helped with the AgriLife Extension exhibit at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo; and helped implement the revival of cotton newsletter, Pest Cast.

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