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.


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


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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