May 16, 2014

Cooperative Extension Service

  • The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) selected Woods Houghton, County Program Director in Eddy County, to receive the 2014 National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Professional of the Year Award. This award was developed to recognize the outstanding professional in each of the six JCEP organizations, and reward them for being an outstanding Extension professional. Woods Houghton will be recognized at their upcoming national meeting.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • The Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center at NMSU, Family and Consumer Sciences, will be hosting an intensive training the week of May 12-16 on conducting forensic interviews with children who have been abused or neglected. Thirty professionals from New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Minnesota, and Mississippi have registered. The training will be conducted by 3 nationally recognized trainers.

Agricultural Experiment Station

  • The Agricultural Experiment Station held an internal competition for graduate research assistantships, awarding $200,000 of AES funds in the next fiscal year for graduate salary monies to faculty who had submitted a research proposal to the AES. Thirteen proposals were funded to support graduate students, with additional funds available if the research would be conducted at one of our off-campus agricultural science centers. Each proposal described what the graduate student would do and how the research project would support the AES mission of benefiting the people of New Mexico. The awards support Vision 2020 Goal 3: Research and Creative Activity by promoting discovery, encourage innovation, and inspire creative achievement, while helping to attract outstanding graduate students.
  • Indian Livestock Days took place on May 14th through May 16th. The program is a grassroots program driven by clientele needs and interest. The planning committee is made up of Extension Agents which service the Native American population, tribal members of the various tribes in New Mexico, and NMSU CES State Specialists. Indian Livestock Days began in the 1970's and was initially called All Indian Livestock School. It was discontinued in 1978 and reestablished in 1985, at the request of tribal livestock producers. Originally the event hosted on the main NMSU campus in Las Cruces. In 1996, the location was moved around the four-corner area to make it easier for clientele to attend the event. This event has grown from approximately 65 attendees in 1996, to 230 attendees. New Mexico Indian Livestock Days is now an annual event held in May, conducted by NMSU Cooperative Extension Service. What makes New Mexico Indian Livestock Days unique? The people in general. Tribal members raising livestock face many challenges-- not enough land, not enough feed on the land they have, and not enough water, just to name a few. One of their main challenges is to remain true to their ancestors and their religious beliefs. With that being said, it does not hold them back, it just makes more of a challenging experience, and it means much more to them than the average cattleman.