Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project (RAIPAP)

The northern branch of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business is housed at the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde.

The mission of the economists at Alcalde is to accelerate extension education and sustainable agricultural research in Northern New Mexico through:

  • Small Business Development
  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Value Added Agriculture
  • Sustainable Agriculture

For more information about the research and projects taking place at Alcalde, please take a look at the links below.

Augusta Archuleta

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Augusta Archuleta holds the place together. She is the Administrative Assistant, Alcalde, for Extension Economics and Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project (RAIPAP).

Office: 371 Alcalde St, County Rd 40, Alcalde, NM 87511
Phone: 505-852-2668
Fax: 505-852-2857

Mailing Address: PO Box 159, Alcalde, NM 87511

Joseph Garcia

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Joseph Garcia is the Agriculture Agent for the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos.

He was born and raised in El Rito, New Mexico a small ranching/farming community located about 30 miles north of Espanola, New Mexico. Garcia grew up on the ranch that he owns and where he operates a cow-calf operation and also does farming. The daily operations consists of irrigating, planting, haying, weaning calves, winter feeding, bull selection, branding and fencing. Garcia was also involved in 4-H for over 8 years.

He attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Range Science.

Garcia is currently working as the Agriculture Agent for the Eight Northern Pueblos which are Taos, Picuris, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Pojoaque, Nambe and Tesuque. He has also assisted in working with some of the Ten Southern Pueblos. His primary objectives are to provide educational information to Native American farmers and ranchers regarding USDA agricultural programs available to them. He also provides one-on-one technical and educational assistance to farmers and ranchers in business planning, management, loan packages, herd health, bull selection, and he coordinates agricultural workshops.

Office: 371 Alcalde St, County Rd 40, Alcalde, NM 87511
Phone: 505-852-0480
Cell: 505-927-9611
Fax: 505-852-2857

R. Edmund Gomez

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Edmund Gomez serves as Assistant Department Head and College Professor under New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service's Extension Economics Department. He also serves as director for the Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project and the Northern New Mexico Outreach Project based at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, NM. He also serves as coordinator for the Northern New Mexico Small Farm Task Force.

These projects are committed to rural economic development and outreach in north central New Mexico and provide extension education programs in leadership and organizational development, value added agriculture, sustainable agriculture, and small business development serving predominantly Hispanic and Native American small-scale, limited resource producers. He has served fifteen years in this position.

Gomez received his B.S. in Agricultural Biology and Agronomy as well as his M.A. in Agricultural and Extension Education from New Mexico State University, and his C.D.S from the University of Central Arkansas.

Edmund Gomez served as agriculture agent on the Jicarilla Apache Indian reservation and the Southern Ute Indian reservation for three years. Prior to working with extension, he managed the family farm and ranch in northwestern New Mexico for fifteen years and taught adult education classes on the Jicarilla Apache Indian reservation for three years. Currently Gomez serves as state coordinator for the USDA National Small Farm Program and served on the National Commission on Small Farms, with major contribution to Policy Goal 6 and minority farmer and rancher issues. He serves as a member of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Advisory Committee, chair of the Diversity Committee. He served as national co-chair and as state host chair for the Third National Small Farm Conference and served on both the steering and the program committees for the Fourth and Fifth Conferences. Gomez has been asked to testify by the U.S House of Representatives, Committee on Resources on the impact of federal land use policies on rural communities in northern New Mexico. He received the USDA National Small Farm Program Appreciation Award in 2000, 2002 and 2005 along with the USDA Forest Service National Range Conservation Award in 2000 for assisting in developing the Valle Grande Grass Bank Project. In 1999, 2002 and 2008 he received the USDA Secretary of Agriculture Appreciation Award and in 1999 the National Association of County Agriculture Agents Achievement Award.

Under his leadership and guidance, the Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project Staff received the 2008 National Award for Diversity from the USDA CSREES, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and the National Extension Diversity Taskforce.

Office: 371 Alcalde St, County Rd 40, Alcalde, NM 87511
Phone: 505-852-2668
Cell: 505-692-3088
Fax: 505-852-2857

Del Jimenez

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Del Jimenez is a Agriculture Specialist working in the areas of livestock programs, agronomic crops, horticulture projects and construction projects.

A product of Arizona, being born in Phoenix and raised in Scottsdale, Jimenez attended both Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, receiving an Associate of Arts Degree in Agriculture and the University of Arizona receiving Bachelors of Science degrees in Animal Science, Agronomy, and Horticulture. He received his Masters of Arts in Extension Education from New Mexico State University.

Jimenez worked internationally for many years in Central and South America doing large agri-industrial projects as well as farming over 8,000 acres a year on his own farm in the past.

In his present position as specialist, Jimenez covers the northern half of the state of New Mexico working with limited resource farmers and ranchers implementing sustainable farming and ranching programs appropriate for their needs.

Office: 371 Alcalde St, County Rd 40, Alcalde, NM 87511
Phone: 505-852-2668
Cell: 505-929-4707
Fax: 505-852-2857