January 9, 2015

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Extension Plant Sciences: The 2014 New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference was held in Roswell on December 17th, with approximately 60 attendees including Extension Agents from counties throughout New Mexico, representatives from the USDA National Resources Conservation Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The conference, supported by WSARE (western region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program), presented training in key areas of interest and importance to agricultural professionals in eastern New Mexico. The program began with welcoming remarks from Larry Hobson, proprietor of Hobson Farms, and Bruce Hinrichs, Cooperative Extension Service Associate Director. The conference was moderated by Sandra Barraza and Patrick Kircher, Chaves and Roosevelt County Agents, respectively. Presentations included information on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for rangeland monitoring, by Connie Maxwell from the USDA-ARS-Jornada Experimental Range. Mark Marsalis, Los Lunas Ag. Science Center Superintendent, discussed fundamentals of alfalfa production, while Sangu Angadi from the Clovis Ag. Science Center provided an overview of alternative crops for challenging climates. Andres Cibils, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, presented research on using small ruminants to aid in the management of rangeland weeds. "Soil conservation practices under limited water conditions" was presented by Robert Flynn from the Artesia Ag. Science Center. David Augustine, representing the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Colorado discussed research in drought management for the western Great Plains rangelands. Joel Brown, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, presented "making grazing land management decisions - uncertainty is the only thing you can count on." The program concluded with a presentation of the New Mexico Certified Chile Program by the program coordinator, Jeanine Chavez Eden.
  • Catron County Extension Program Director Tracy Drummond. Catron County 4-H Livestock Judging Team recently represented New Mexico at the National 4H Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Team members include Ky Drummond, Ty Gatlin, DeLanie Gatlin and Tamara Menges. The team placed 10th overall and were 5th in sheep and 9th in the cattle divisions. Ky Drummond was 4th in cattle, 6th in sheep and 5th high individual overall and was declared an All American.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Dr. Jean-Paul Reynoird, Institut Polytechnique La Salle Beauvais, France visited Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty, ACES administration and the International and Borderlands Office on December 15th and 16th. We discussed student internship exchanges as part of the Institute's new Plant Breeding M.S. program. Future discussions will also examine cooperation in the development of virtual courses and special topics classes in plant breeding and water science.

Agricultural Experiment Station:

  • Drs. Dave Thompson, Associate Dean and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, and Steve Loring, Associate Director, met with agricultural science center superintendents at the Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center on December 16, to discuss issues affecting off-campus science centers

Deans Office:

  • Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean, and Dr. Jon Boren, Associate Dean of CES, attended a New Mexico Ag Group dinner at Secretary Jeff Witte's home on Tuesday, December 16. The group consisted of members from NM Cattle Growers Association, Farm Credit, NM Chile Association, Wine Growers Association, Dairy Farmers of America, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, Cotton and Hay Growers, NM Crop Production and Pecos Valley Artesian Conservation District. The group met to discuss legislative priorities for Agriculture.