February 20, 2016

  • Ag Fest and Sam Steel Society Social Well over a thousand participants, including Provost Dan Howard and several New Mexico Legislators, visited the annual AgFest trade show in Santa Fe on January 26. The trade show featured booths from NMDA, NMSU CES, NMSU AES, the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium, Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center, ACES Academic Programs (including five of our Student Ambassadors), NMSU 4-H, New Mexico FFA, and many other industry groups filled the Santa Fe Convention Center. The NM Beef Council, NM Woolgrowers, NMDA, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, and the NM Crop Production Association fed the group. After AgFest wound down, a group of about 70 ACES alumni attended the first off-campus gathering of the newly re-energized ACES alumni group. All ACES alumni were inducted into the Sam Steel Society.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • History of Chocolate Dr. Stu Munson-McGee, Food Science and Technology, and his student researcher Danielle Peltier-Thompson were featured in a Youtube video on the History of Chocolate. Dr. Munson- McGee teaches an Honors course entitled Journeys of Discovery that focuses on chocolate. The Las Cruces Sun-News article appeared on Feb. 13.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Fit Families Program Five children and their families (14 people in total) started a 12-week program in February to increase healthy eating and physical activity and reduce childhood obesity. Each class begins with a cooking lesson that ends in a tasty, nutritious family meal. The class is led by Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, Extension Associate in Nutrition. This is the first Fit Families class to be offered in Spanish in Las Cruces.

Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC) The entire administrative team of the college and three members of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences met with the Advisory Committee of the CRLRC at the ranch near Corona on February 5 to discuss the role of the center in the overall strategic plan of ACES research, extension, and outreach efforts. The 28,000-acre CRLRC is a unique asset for NMSU and a resource for other programs such as the U.S. Beef Academy, NM Farm and Livestock Bureau, and NM Game and Fish retreats. Housing for adult and youth programs is a high priority for more fully utilizing the facility's potential.