New website to offer timely forage and pasture information

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu
Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Forage specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have launched a new website that offers timely recommendations for livestock managers and hay producers.

Forage Fax, found at http://foragefax.tamu.edu, is a website allowing the public to subscribe to and receive posts such as reminders to obtain a soil test, recommendations regarding drought management, new products to be aware of and information regarding critical pasture issues, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension forage specialist in College Station.

Forage Fax will be populated and maintained primarily by Redmon and Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist at Overton, but will occasionally include topics provided by other AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M AgriLife Research personnel as appropriate.

“Using the RSS feed system, subscribers can sign up one time and instantly receive every post as it is created,” Redmon said. “Additionally, there is a key word search feature allowing people to locate all posts related to their specific interest and an events tab to help keep producers aware of upcoming AgriLife Extension educational events.”

The website will feature hot links to appropriate resource materials and will eventually contain all posts in relevant categories, thus making location of posts of interest even easier, he said.

Corriher-Olson said there are unlimited possibilities of what can be done with the website to meet clientele needs.

“We have discussed development of a photo gallery and possibly a ‘weed of the month’ posting to help producers learn to identify and manage common pasture weeds,” Corriher-Olson said.

Anyone interested in subscribing can go to http://foragefax.tamu.edu and enter their email.  Everything else is automatic, Redmon said.

For more information, contact Redmon at 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu ; or

Corriher-Olson at 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu .

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