February 6, 2016

Cooperative Extension Service

Valencia County – NMSU's Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service office participated in the Hispano Chamber of Commerce's 16th Annual Matanza. The 25-member team consisting of Extension agents, Master Gardeners, 4-H members, clientele, local business owners and additional volunteers competed against 20 teams in cooking traditional New Mexican pork dishes. The team took first place in the Iron Pig competition where they had an hour to create a dish from five ingredients without prior knowledge of the ingredients, and second place in the chicharrones category. The food was sampled by approximately 8,000 people attending the event held in Belen. In the two years the Valencia CES team has participated, it has placed in all five of the competition dishes. The Matanza provided 36 Valencia County youth with college scholarships last year and event organizers estimate the number will be even higher this year.

Depts. of Plant and Environmental Sciences and Extension Plant Sciences

New Mexico Chile Conference: The 39th annual conference, chaired and co-chaired by Paul Bosland and Stephanie Walker, was held on February 2 at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces. A diverse group of farmers, processors, researchers and other supporters of New Mexico's signature crop convened to share information and learn the latest chile research results. More than 200 individuals participated, with some coming as far as South Korea and Israel to attend. Technology took center stage as information in using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for monitoring field health, and the latest advancements in mechanical harvest and destemming were presented. Other topics ranged from marketing, food safety, and pest and disease management to organic production of chile.

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the national governing board for nutrition and dietetic education in the United States. The ACEND voted NMSU Dietetic Internship a seven-year term with full accreditation status, ending our candidacy status; Dr. Wanda Eastman was elected chair-elect of the ACEND. This election is a high honor, and we are proud Dr. Eastman is part of ACES. Gabby Phillips and Dr. Wanda Eastman took the dietetic interns from the class of 2015-2017 to Santa Fe for Legislative Day sponsored by the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The interns were able to experience the legislative process, visit representatives and senators as well as meet President Carruthers.