June 20, 2014
Animal and Range Sciences
- Animal and Range Sciences conducted a training class for the soldiers of Charlie Company 410th Civil Affairs Battalion. The soldiers were trained in basic animal health, grazing and anatomy to prepare them for deployment into Central and South America. Dr. Dennis Hallford, Regents Professor; Dr. Tim Ross, Department Head; Dr. Andres Cibils, Professor; Dr. Raed Halalsheh, staff; and Whit Stewart, Ph.D. Candidate conducted the training.
The annual Neumann Graduate Student competition was held June 12, 2014 in the Animal and Range Science Department. Eight students competed in a scientific paper presentation competition. This was the 30th year of the competition and is supported by a gift from Dr. A.L. Neumann, a former department head. The competition prepares students to present their research at professional meetings during the summer. First place was Kendall Samuelson, Ph.D. student in Dr. Clint Loest's lab, and second place was Megan Coleson, a M.S. student from Dr. Ross' lab.
The 2014 Training Program for Navajo Nation Grazing Officials took place on June 18-19 in Tsaile, Arizona. Dr. John Wenzel covered cattle health and beef cattle quality assurance certification for the attendees. He conducted hands-on training in cattle vaccination. Dr. Andrea Harwell, DVM, conducted lectures and hands-on activities with equine health. Dr. Tim Ross conducted hands-on training in sheep health and evaluation followed by lectures that included sheep health, nutrition and a sheep management calendar. This training enables the grazing officials to work with their area livestock producers to improve livestock production management.
Plant and Environmental Sciences
Dr. William Lindemann spent a month at the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, where he taught classes and collaborated on soils research projects. Dr. Lindemann was invited by Dr. Guodong Han, Dean of the College of Ecology and Environmental Science, to focus on soils of the grassland region on the Mongolian steppe. Dr. Lindemann participated with faculty research at two research sites and accompanied classes on three day-long field trips to describe soils at steppe, forest, and agronomic locations. This collaboration continues a long-term relationship with NMSU and the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA. A student exchange at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is in the planning stage.
An Open House featured insect demonstrations by Carol Sutherland, State Entomologist, video interviews by Emily Kelly, NMSU Communications Specialist, and tours of the garden. The ceremony detailed the 100 year history of Cooperative Extension, the two year history of the Hidalgo County Food Coalition, and PNM's role in the communities they serve.
Cooperative Extension Program
Hidalgo County Extension Agent John Allen, working in conjunction with the organizations SPIRIT of Hidalgo, and Hidalgo Medical Services, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) Demonstration Garden area at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds. With the help of a grant, the program has grown into an area that can enable people attending classes to be able to provide food for their families, the farmers markets, and local food pantries.
Sixty people attended, including Cynthia Hull, from Senator Heinrich's office, Emily Goykovich, from South West New Mexico Council of Governments, Darr Shannon, Hidalgo County Commissioner, and Jeannie Palacios, City of Lordsburg Clerk. There also were representatives from the media, chamber of commerce, schools, youth groups, food pantries, business, farmer's market vendors, and growers.