February 23, 2018
Growers in the Southwest USA
- Cover crops provide many agroecosystem services, such as enhanced soil health, erosion prevention, carbon sequestration, nutrient provision and pest management. Nonetheless, in arid environments, benefits received from cover crops must be balanced with their water consumption. Growers in the Southwest USA desire the benefits of cover crops, but are concerned about the economics of the additional irrigation requirements. A team of faculty representing four ACES departments, led by Assistant Professor Erik Lehnhoff received an award from USDA-NIFA to study how to optimize the balance between irrigation needs and agroecosystem services associated with cover crops. Three cover crop species and five irrigation regimes will be examined for their impacts on economics, soil organic matter, aggregate stability, and nutrient availability, as well as beneficial, parasitic, and pathogenic soil microbiota.
Cooperative Extension Service (CES) - Chaves County
- The Chaves County CES hosted the latest Let's Talk! Breakfast in Town event at the NM Farm and Livestock Bureau building at the Eastern New Mexico Fairgrounds in Roswell, New Mexico. Thirty-seven clients joined Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources and the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center for breakfast before short presentations on CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network) and existing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and the new ELD (Electronic Logging Device) requirements. The rest of the morning was producer driven in subject, with a roundtable question and answer forum until noon. A BQA training was available after lunch for those wanting certification or recertification. This yearlong series is industry supported by AC Nutrition, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Dow Agrosciences, HiPro Feeds, Pauls Veterinary Supply and Zoetis.
- Michelle Butcher, a Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences student, presented at the Natural Grocers for the Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach Support Group. She made quinoa stuffed peppers and discussed why it is a nutritious meal for individuals with diabetes. The presentation was part of her community nutrition hours she's completing with CES.
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)
- Lois Melton recently enjoyed having lunch and getting to know Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Merchandising students Evan Stanfield, Nazan Crosbie and Alison Isaacs who are receiving financial support from the scholarship endowed in her name. ACES Director of Development Cindy Nicholson, and Interim Department Head of FCS, Priscilla Bloomquist, joined in the conversation.