March 7, 2015

Extension Plant Sciences:

  • 2015 Think Trees Conference: Natalie Goldberg, Extension Plant Pathologist and Department Head, presented an educational seminar at the 2015 Think Trees Conference. Think Trees New Mexico is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote education, training, and appreciation of arboriculture and horticulture throughout New Mexico and across the Southwest. The organization, with the support of the Bernalillo County Extension Service, organizes a two-day conference that provides education and training to over 300 greens industry professionals each year. Dr. Goldberg's presentation, "Diagnosing Tree Problems: A Step By Step Approach to Field Diagnostics," was designed to assist landscape professionals understand and develop a systematic approach to plant problem solving. Part of the presentation focused on understanding the differences between tree problems caused by environmental or cultural stress and those caused by infectious plant diseases. Participants were also taught how to collect a good plant specimen for disease diagnosis and how to submit samples to the NMSU Plant Diagnostic Laboratory through their local County Extension Agents.

Animal and Range Sciences:

  • Friend of Safety Award: The NMSU Environmental and Health Safety Office honored Dennis Hallford (pictured) Dr. Dennis Hallford - Friend of Safety Award with the "Friend of Safety" Award for his exemplary years of service to promoting safety on campus through serving on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC; 24 years) and Radiation Safety Committee (30 years). He was presented with an engraved globe, representing the impact of safety leaders make in the world, at the Department Heads Council meeting on February 24.
  • Legislators Day in Santa Fe: Kelsey Quinn, PhD student in animal science working with Dr. Ryan Ashley, represented the department and the NMSU Graduate School at the Legislators Day in Santa Fe. She has also been accepted for a six-week laboratory and lecture course at the Frontiers in Reproduction Molecular and Cellular Concepts Applications training at Woods Hole, MA on May 3 -June 14.
  • Society for Range Management meeting: Dave Stricklan, range science doctoral student whose advisor is Dr. Derek Bailey, received 2nd Place in PhD poster competition at the Society for Range Management meeting in Sacramento, California. His poster was titled "Approaches to reduce cattle use of riparian areas through herding and strategic supplement."

Cooperative Extension Service:

  • Professional Development Day: Steve Lucero, Sandoval County Ag/4-H Agent/County Director, and Desaree Jimenez, Rio Arriba County Home Economist/County Director, in partnership with the NM Food Protection Alliance, conducted a Professional Development Day for all CES county agents on March 5-6, 2015. The agents will have courses in Encouraging Shoppers to Use Food Dollars to Purchase Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, What You Need to Know to Deliver American Health Care Act Information to your Communities, Genomics, Food Allergy and Intolerance, Precision Agriculture, and Drones in Agriculture. The conference courses enhanced the agent's skills to better serve the citizens of New Mexico.