January 27, 2017

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Jason Lamb, Quay County agriculture agent, has been selected by the New Mexico Association of County Agricultural Agents to receive the New Mexico Achievement Award for his work on weed programs in Quay County. Jason has conducted many programs on Weed Management. The largest and most well attended program is the Weed Management Workshop in which producers were introduced to weed control and range management techniques. Jason has also developed a county-wide weed website, a noxious weed brochure, and a web-based test for producers to check out boom sprayer equipment along with boom sprayer calibration demonstrations, weed identification programs, and private applicators workshops so that producers can obtain their private applicators licenses and continued education credits.

  • Leigh Ann Marez, Guadalupe County program director and agent, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award by New Mexico Association of County Agriculture Agents. Leigh Ann received the award because she is devoted to the Cooperative Extension ideals: assisting county clientele with problem solving and enhanced quality of life through Extension programming and Land-Grant university research/education. She is especially passionate about helping producers improve their production agriculture practices and teaching our youth about how agriculture has fed, and will continue to feed, the world.

Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business

  • Extension Economics Dr. Michael Patrick coordinated three important economic development activities. He facilitated a workshop in Santa Rosa, engaging 32 elected officials, community leaders and residents from Quay, Guadalupe, De Baca, and Torrance counties to establish regional economic development goals, identify assets and potential barriers, and strategies for the East Central New Mexico Stronger Economies Together (SET). Stronger Economies Together (SET) is a national USDA RD and Land-Grant universities initiative designed to enable communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region. He also led a meeting of the Resiliency in New Mexico Agriculture Task Force, which is composed of farmers, ranchers, industry and agency leaders, and is charged with developing a strategic plan to establish a resilient New Mexico food and agriculture system capable of addressing current issues, withstanding new challenges, and advancing to new successes, with roots in a strong export-oriented commodity agriculture sector and a robust local food system of small and medium-sized family farms and ranches. The Resiliency in New Mexico Agriculture project is spearheaded by New Mexico First and the NMSU CES, with funding from the Thornburg Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and the McCune Charitable Foundation. Dr. Patrick also taught the New Mexico EDGE Certified Public Officials class (CO 272) Community Economic Development Practices, Tools and Resources at the Winter Session, in Santa Fe, NM. The New Mexico EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector) is an umbrella organization operated through NM Cooperative Extension Service under which the County College (founded with NM Association of Counties), the NM Certified Public ManagerĀ® Program, and other continuing education certification programs are administered.

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • On Monday, January 23, the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) hosted the New Mexico ProStart Bootcamp. Over 70 students and teachers from high schools throughout New Mexico came to Gerald Thomas Hall to practice for the culinary and management skills competitions that will be held in Santa Fe in March. The schools included Atrisco Heritage, Cloudcroft, Deming, Eldorado, Grants, Laguna/Acoma, Sandia, and Santa Fe. HRTM faculty and students, some of the high school teachers, and students from Cuba high school served as judges and timekeepers. ProStart, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, is a nationwide initiative that unites the classroom and industry to help students get a taste for success in an industry that is hungry for talent. In addition to competing, students had the opportunity to learn about the HRTM program and have lunch at Taos Restaurant. Professor Julie Correa coordinated with Victor Martinez, Director of Education for the NM Restaurant Association, to plan the event.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Derek Barchenger, a Ph.D. candidate in PES working with Dr. Paul Bosland, was a recipient of the 2016 U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Food Security program which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and designed to expand the pool of food security professionals in the United States. This award allowed him to conduct a six-month research project at the World Vegetable Center in Taiwan. Derek focused on the plant pathogen Phytophthora capsici, which causes Phytophthora wilt in chile pepper. He evaluated the usefulness of a host differential, developed by the Chile Pepper Breeding and Genetics group at NMSU, in Taiwan for use as a universal race detection system. This research has potential to benefit chile pepper producers in underdeveloped countries, as well as in New Mexico. Using research results, scientists will now be able to breed for resistance to new races that may be introduced into New Mexico.