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Thursday, August 11, 2011

TExAS Version 3 Upgrades

TExAS Version 3 is scheduled to be launched in mid-September. This version of TExAS has numerous upgrades and is designed to run more efficiently. Given the nature of these changes, a strict timeline must be set in place for the transition. This timeline is as follows;
  • Early August (prior to the 12th)- All planning functions in the current version of TExAS will be turned off. No entry of 2012 plans will occur in the old version of TExAS.
  • September 8, 2011- All reports for June, July, and August must be entered into the old version of TExAS. An initial lock of the records will occur at this time. I will be getting daily compliance reports on the status of the District 11 agents reports.
  • September 9 – 14, 2011- The old version of TExAS will be taken offline to convert to TExAS Version 3. No activity in TExAS will be allowed during this time.
  • September 15, 2011- TExAS Version 3 will be online. Entry of plans and reports will resume.
All  Extension agents need to be mindful of this timeline and make plans accordingly as it relates to program planning. 

District 11 Fall Faculty Conference and Program Development Workshop, will be held on September 13th, and 14th, at  the Jackson County Service Center, in Edna, Texas.  This conference will clearly set the stage for program planning and Monty, Elaine and I will communicate expectations for program development and plan submission for the upcoming year.
Program Planning Conferences will be held beginning on Tuesday October 11th trough Friday the 14th.   Counties will be assigned a time slot during this week, we will use the Lync system as to help reduce travel costs.  Please clear these days till further notice as we work through our DEA/RPD/4-H specialist scheduling in our region ,you will soon be assigned a time slot within the D11 program planning week for your Program Planning Conference.

New District 11 County Websites
District 11 has been selected as the next district in our state to transfer to the new website content management system and the AgriLife Communications Web Services Team is ready to begin moving your county Extension website into the new system.  All that you need to do is initiate the process and the Web Team will handle the migration of your existing content.

To initiate the process, please complete and submit the form on

I expect for your to complete this form and submit as soon as you can but no later than next Wednesday August 23rd, please let Sylvia Falcon at our District office know when you submitted the form.

Once your information is submitted, you will be contacted on a first-come first-served basis.  You will be notified as soon as your accounts are created and you will be directed to training resources, scheduled live training sessions as well as the login credentials for your new site.
The Web team is looking forward to working with each of our counties and we hope to minimize the amount the effort required for this transition.

Please inform your coworkers of the process and transition.

If you have specific questions, please contact...


Thanks in advance for your attention to and support of this transition,  DM

District 11 Personnel News

I regret to inform you that Jennifer Janssen, CEA-FCS Jackson County and Sarah Brandes 4-H Agent Victoria County, have both resigned effective last Friday August 12th. I wish them both the best of luck in their new career choices and thank them for their years of service in Jackson and Victoria County and to the Texas Agrilife Extension Service.