January 16, 2016
Grand Prize Winner: Dennis Garcia, Grand Prize Winner, recent agricultural economics and agricultural business graduate (and a second generation ACES graduate), was recently honored by USDA's Farm Service Agency with its grand prize award for a video submission of All About That "Base." Dennis is currently an employee of FSA Glacier County, Montana and his father (also Dennis Garcia) is a former Deputy Commissioner of the New Mexico State Land Office. Dennis is pictured below between Associate Administrator for Operations and Management, Chris Beyerhelm and the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency, Val Dolcini.
Cooperative Extension Service
Extension Plant Sciences
2016 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference: The 2016 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference was held January 14-15 in Ruidoso, NM. The annual event is coordinated by the New Mexico Hay Association and NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences Department. Mark Marsalis, Extension Forage Specialist, serves as the program coordinator of the conference. Approximately 175 farmers and agency and industry representatives attended this year's event. Session topics ranged from organic hay production, rodent and insect pest control, weed resistance, alfalfa planting and rotation management, livestock and hay markets, and an update about the newest pest in New Mexico: the Sugarcane Aphid. In addition, an informative panel session on agricultural water use and regional irrigation status joined presentations and comments from water managers of three of New Mexico's water districts (Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, and the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District).
Various Awards: The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce presented Connie Moyers, Extension Home Economist, with the Warm Heart of the Sun Belt award. This award is given to "someone who goes over and above" the normal expectations. Connie has been a strong advocate and role model for the youth of Roosevelt County. Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County agricultural agent, was presented with the Workhorse of the Year Award. Patrick works with 4H youth and livestock judging, as well as serving as 4H leader for the Dora 4H club. He serves as co-coordinator of the largest progressive ag safety day in the United States. He works tirelessly helping the youth get their animals ready for events.