March 29, 2018

Image of Cindy Davies and guest at Kitchen Creations class

Bernalillo County Extension Service (CES)

The Bernalillo CES office has enjoyed multiple TV appearances featuring their programming. KOB Channel 4 has aired several features about the impact Kitchen Creations and the National Diabetes Prevention Program have in assisting residents to prevent or manage diabetes through healthier food choices and regular exercise. The most recent feature highlighted the strong collaboration BCCES enjoys with Road Runner Food Bank by offering regular ICAN programming and the Kitchen Creations series. The Family and Consumer Sciences department enjoys monthly appearances on the KRQE Channel 13 New Mexico Living morning show demonstrating various nutritious food topics. Director, Cindy Schlenker Davies, states her office has enjoyed building positive relationships with local TV stations, which promote strong Extension programming to benefit residents in Bernalillo County and throughout New Mexico.

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Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

The Southwest Natural Resources Career Track Program held its annual spring retreat this weekend at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Approximately 50 students attended including 30 from four ACES departments: Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology; Animal and Range Science; Plant and Environmental Sciences; Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science; along with 6 agency mentors from the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service and faculty mentors from the four partner institutions: New Mexico State University, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico Highlands University and Sul Ross State University.

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Agricultural Science Center (ASC) - Clovis

In Collaboration with the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, the ASC at Clovis hosted the “Leadership Clovis.” The group had a chance to tour the winter canola and winter wheat research plots. Dr. Abdel Mesbah gave a brief presentation about the Center and the type of research being conducted that will benefit our growers. Dr. Naveen Puppala talked about Valencia peanut breeding and the future of organic peanut production. Dr. Rajan Ghimire talked about cover crops and residue management research and highlighted the benefits of cover crops for improving soil health, water conservation, and wind/water erosion control, and their linkage to crop production as well as human health and environment. Drs. Sangu Angadi and Sultan Begna talked about the declining Ogallala aquifer and the need to develop well-adapted, water-efficient alternative crops such as canola and guar to sustain irrigated agriculture in the region.

Image of ASC Farmington team and students at Shiprock Ag Days

Agricultural Science Center (ASC) - Farmington

NMSU-Las Cruces students Gaurav Jha and Alyce Matthews traveled to Shiprock, New Mexico, last week where they presented their research at Shiprock Ag days along with ASC at Farmington team members Brandon Francis and Dr. Kevin Lombard. Farmers and ranchers of the Navajo Nation were appreciative of the information presented regarding metal concentrations in soils, leaves and produce grown in the area. Their research showed that local fruits and vegetables are safe to consume even if they were grown on soils with higher metal concentrations, since the plants do not absorb high amounts of metals from soils.