April 2012

APRIL 2012

During April, the educational media team worked on publications covering topics that might be considered spring-like, such as seasonal produce, good nutrition, nature tourism and wildlife recreation. Here’s a list of them:

Coloring Our Plates with Vegetables and Fruits

Irrigation Monitoring with Soil Sensors

Measuring Air Quality in Rural Areas

• Fairy Ring Prevention and Control

Coloring Our Children’s Plates with Vegetables and Fruits

• Cooking Well with Diabetes

• Special Food Needs (D-1284)

• Economics of Wildlife Recreation in Texas (E-323)

• Marketing and Nature Tourism (Adventure, Agritourism, Fishing and Hunting) (E-324)

• Texas Well-Owners Network

• Keys to Managing Poultry Litter

Team members also: edited and uploaded a “Dinner Tonight” video on Sausage Skillet Supper to YouTube; helped develop a script for a rainwater harvesting video to be produced this summer; worked on the Wounded Warrior video series; revised the Cooking Well with Diabetes disk and delivered 20 copies; and outsourced production of 300 disks for Buckskin Brigades camps.

 They also compiled a list of 164 online courses currently offered by Texas AgriLife Extension Service faculty.

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Members of the Web team were busy this month too. They set up sites live in the new WordPress theme:

  • Corpus Christy Center: ccag.tamu.edu
  • Bexar county office: bexar-tx.tamu.edu
  • pulse.tamu.edu
  • ipm.tamu.edu
  • texasdairymatters.org
  • today.agrilife.org

They created a new responsive theme for Master Naturalists and made it available for chapters across the state; beta tested AgriLife Today with members of the media relations team; and are working on sites for the Beaumont Center and communities.tamu.edu.

Projects in progress are:

  • FAZD
  • College Giving site
  • Research site redesign (agrilife.org/research-test)
  • WFSC
  • HUB vendor feedback page
  • Borlaug plant genomics/biotech website
  • telp.tamu.edu
  • agrilife.org/txipm
  • Animal science department
  • Peanut.tamu.edu

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The media relations team had a busy month as well. During April they produced several news articles, including:

  • Auvermann awarded Superior Service by AgriLife Extension
  • AgriLife Extension’s Bexar County office ‘abuzz’ May 18 with Beekeeping Basics
  • AgEco Team Superior Service Award
  • Dr. Pablo Pinedo is looking to see if there is a difference in longevity of dairy cattle based on breed
  • Vernon bunch’s Superior Service Award
  • Jerri Hamar Superior Service Award
  • Former student did botanical drawings which inspired a line of floral clothing and accessories, all are on exhibit at the Benz School of Floral Design
  • Jon Green’s Superior Service Award
  • Travis Miller gives insight into what Texans are facing after the drought of 2011
  • Kim Adcock’s Superior Service Award

The Superior Service award stories will be posted to the website only, but will be available for local news media.

In addition, team members: wrote a brief to provide media support for a proposed voluntary veterinarian audit/training program led by Extension in partnership with the veterinarian school; attended the TEEM (Texas Extension Emergency Management) meeting; presented a drought JIC overview for the TEEM meeting; helped with the Sonora Station’s first “Neighbor Meeting Neighbor” program to assist “old” landowners and “new” landowners to meet and to learn about the station; served as “secret” judge for the district 4-H photo contest; and helped plan another meeting of the Agricultural Communicators in the High Plains commodity communicators meeting next month in Lubbock.

 

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