March 7, 2014

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Jesse Jim, Tribal Extension 4-H Agent with ACES Cooperative Extension Service, gave a presentation on Community Gardens during the Child Food Summit at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico. The summit is part of the NM Appleseed program which is a nonprofit dedicated to finding systemic solutions to poverty which include Afterschool Meals Program, Summer Food Service Program and Summer Food Fellowship www.nmappleseed.org. The purpose is to bring awareness to communities about traditional ways of living and eating healthy through using modern ways to advance those issues in our school and tribal policies and community gardening. There is further discussion of collaboration and networking on community engagement with farming projects.
  • Cooperative Extension's Southwest Border Food Safety & Defense Center, along with NMDA will conduct a Playas Series II Exercise, "Cascading Events". The exercise will focus on the State's response to the cascading effects of a severe weather incident impact on transportation, livestock, feed and the commercial food supply chain. The March event will help test and validate certain response and recovery procedures of New Mexico's developing Emergency Support Function. Kelly Hamilton, NMDA, said the purpose of the exercise is to prepare public sector and private sector critical infrastructure stakeholders in a "whole community" environment. Strengths, gaps and challenges in New Mexico's prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery capabilities in the wake of a natural, technological or human-caused event, will be discovered and documented to help focus New Mexico's future preparation activities. (Information taken from registration documents).
  • Regional Economic Development Planning Targets Rural Areas in Northwest New Mexico Strategic Partnerships will Provide Economic Development Assistance (March 5, 2014 Albuquerque, NM) USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner and Dr. Michael Patrick, of ACES Cooperative Extension Service completed today the first set of Stronger Economies Together (SET) program meetings in northwest New Mexico. The SET program was established to provide training and technical assistance to rural counties seeking to build up existing regional development efforts. The SET program project is a collaborative initiative between New Mexico State University (NMSU) and USDA Rural Development. The SET program helps communities work together to develop and implement a regional economic development strategy. Four years ago the initial SET programs in the southwest and the northeast areas of New Mexico were the first to be provided assistance through the program. The new northwest New Mexico SET region encompasses an area from Ramah, New Mexico through McKinley, Cibola and San Juan counties including the Navajo Nation. This area has long been known as "The Trail of the Ancients." The first set of planning meetings was held Tuesday in Shiprock, in Zuni and Grants Wednesday.

Collegiate FFA

  • ACES Collegiate FFA has taken 15 members to T or C and will take 15 members to Carrizozo to assist with the New Mexico FFA Career Development Event invitational. These members assist with putting on the contests that give High School FFA members the opportunity to master skills that they have learned in the classroom. When the members are not helping with the contests they are visiting with High School students encouraging them to consider NMSU and the College of ACES for their choice for further education.

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • The largest web presence in the NMSU system belongs to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science, managed by Media Productions/Ag Communications (http://aces.nmsu.edu/ ). Last week, it was successfully migrated to a new, more secure server and the transition was completed to NMSU's new branded web templates, complete with the slogan "All About Discovery!" The web site is popular with users from across the state because it provides practical resources from the Cooperative Extension Service and 4-H and Youth Development, as well as research findings from the Agricultural Experiment Station. Web resources for prospective and current students have also been upgraded.

Extension Plant Sciences

  • ACEs Extension Plant Sciences hosted the annual Western Pecan Growers Association conference March 2-4 at the Hotel Encanto. The conference brings in more than 400 growers to Las Cruces to talk about issues affecting production. Among other educational talks Growers discussed protecting their crops from insects and marketing efforts.
  • KTSM Channel 9 did a news segment on our NM Shrimp Co. on March 5. Thanks to a unique partnership between ACES and NMSU and a businessman, the dream of fresh shrimp from the dessert has come true. Tracy said, "The shrimp is farm raised product that has no antibiotics, we know it's safe and we know it's fresh". Local restaurants are interested in purchasing the shrimp.