Speakers: After the Smoke and Dust Settles

Dr. DuBois has been the New Mexico State Climatologist since February 2010 and based out of Las Cruces. He is the director of the New Mexico Climate Center located in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at NMSU. The Center maintains an archive of meteorological data collected throughout the state of New Mexico from many public and private networks. The Center operates a network of automated surface weather stations throughout the state. As State Climatologist, Dr. DuBois provides climate information and education to the public through speaking engagements, school demonstrations, social networking and tours. Dr. DuBois maintains an active research program in air quality, participating in studies to quantify the chemistry and origins of atmospheric particulates. He recently became the New Mexico Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) state coordinator. Prior to NMSU, he has been with the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, an air quality manager with the New Mexico Environment Department, and a research physicist working for a defense contractor. Dr. DuBois holds a BA in Physics from Rutgers University, a MS in Physics from NMSU, and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Nevada Reno.

Dr. Nick Ashcroft is the Extension Range Management Specialist at New Mexico State University in the Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources. He is a member of the Range Improvement Task Force (RITF) and provides New Mexico citizens with relevant information on rangeland ecology, monitoring and management. As a member of the RITF, Nick helps resolve rangeland conflicts with science and conduct applied research. Dr. Ashcroft's previous work includes agricultural economics and federal land policy analysis.

Stan Bevers is a Professor and Extension Economist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Rolling Plains District headquartered in Vernon, Texas. His current programming includes ranch management and analysis, agricultural business plan development and agricultural marketing. Prior to coming to Texas A&M University, he served as vocational agriculture instructor for the Carmen-Dacoma High School in Carmen, Oklahoma for five years. In 1982, he received his BS in Agricultural Education from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and his MS in Agricultural Economics in 1989, from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. In 2000, Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, recognized him for an Extension risk management program developed. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Extension Program Group Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association. In 1997, he earned the Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Dennis Braden is the General Manager of Swenson Land and Cattle Co. in Stamford, Texas. His current duties are providing oversight of cow-calf operations, horse production, wheat production and wheat cattle grazing, summer stocker grazing, hunting program, oil and gas production, wind energy, pature remediation program, land expansion, and the marketing of the SMS brand. Dennis has over 22 years experience in managing ranches and is a member of TSCRA, Texas Cattle Growers, Kansas Cattlemen's, and was the founding member of NMCG Foundation. Dennis was the NM Beef Council chairman, Colorado Cattlemen's Wild Life Committee Head, NCBA's Ag-Policy Committee member, NMCGA Board Member, part of the Advisory Council for CSU and NMSU Extension Service, a US Meat Export Federation Board Member, and member of the BLM Resource Advisory Council.

Dr. Manny Encinias is presently a state extension beef cattle specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service based out of the Clayton Livestock Research Center. Dr. Encinias has been with NMSU since 2002 since returning to NM from North Dakota, where he attended graduate school at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

As a range beef cattle nutritionist, Dr. Encinias has focused most of his research efforts in three major areas: 1) developing supplementation programs to minimize locoweed poisoning in pregnant beef females, 2) evaluating the use of fire, strategic supplement placement, and herding to improve grazing distribution on native rangelands, and 3) cost effective ionophore supplementation for weaned calves. Dr. Encinias' producer outreach efforts emphasize management practices to improve the quality, reputation, and marketability of NM calves. Since 2006, Dr. Encinias has been the Director of Operations for the New Mexico Beef Cattle Performance Association and manages two annual performance tests for registered yearling bulls: the 50 year old Tucumcari Bull Test in Tucumcari, NM and also the TOP OF THE VALLE high altitude, forage gain test at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northcentral New Mexico.

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Dr. John C. Wenzel is a New Mexico native, born and raised in Albuquerque's south valley. He attended New Mexico State University and graduated with a BS degree in Agriculture in 1982. He attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1986 and then joined a mixed practice in the Albuquerque area. In 1987, Dr. Wenzel moved to the Silver City, NM area and joined a rural mixed animal practice as an associate veterinarian and purchased the practice in 1991. Dr. Wenzel's professional career has concentrated on cow/ calf medicine and preventative health programs for livestock producers in southwest New Mexico. In 2006, he joined the faculty at NMSU in the Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources as the state's first Extension Veterinarian. He is the state coordinator for the NM-ALIRT (Ag/ Livestock Emergency Response Team) and the NM Beef Quality Assurance programs. Dr. Wenzel is also on the NM Veterinary Medical Examining Board, the Veterinary Advisory Council of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, the Veterinary Advisory Committee for the Central NM Community College Veterinary Technician Program, the Advisory Committee for the NM Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the Western States Livestock Health Association. He has also developed the New Mexico Rural Veterinary Practice Relief Program, a collaborative effort between New Mexico and Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine to send qualified rural students to the Veterinary college with an agreement to return to NM and practice in a rural setting.