June 27, 2014

Cooperative Extension

  • Northeast and Southeast District annual 4H contests took place this week. There were over 300 youths, ages 9 to 12, participating. At the contests youth practice life skills such as critical thinking, public speaking, parliamentary procedure and showcase sewing, and cooking skills.

  • Cooperative Extension Agents are getting a hands-on learning experience with an on-the-farm workshop in Moriarty, NM. Northern District Department Head, Pat Torres, and Torrance County Agent, Gene Winn, have worked with Dean Schwebach, a local producer, to work through what a producer would be required to do in order to meet Good Agricultural Practices. These plans must be in place before producers can sell to some retail outlets, such as Wal-Mart. Primus labs, Debra Garrison of Primus Labs will walk Extension agents through the process of becoming a certified producer, so Extension agents can help other producers in their counties. This training opportunity is a partnership with NMDA. NMDA and Cooperative Extension are working together to ensure that the Agriculture industry and our NM producers are equipped with the information they need to make their management decisions and coming into compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Fabian Garcia Science Center

  • New Mexico Raised Shrimp from ACES' Agricultural Experiment Station, shrimp are being served at the Raging Shrimp restaurant in Nob Hill, Albuquerque. Nicholas Nellos, owner of Raging Shrimp, buys 10-15 pounds of our shrimp when they are available. He said "when he got the first batch, he was amazed at the taste, texture and flavor. The shrimp just had a scent, not an odor, and it is healthier for you because of the cottonseed meal the shrimp are eating." Nellos is hopeful that the NMSU facility will expand so he can order more shrimp in the future. Plans are being implemented by the Arrowhead Center to license NM Shrimp Co. to an investor who is building a new facility on the West Mesa for shrimp production. State Representative Bill McCamley secured capital outlay funding for aquaculture in New Mexico. These funds will be used to purchase equipment to conduct research in aquaculture at NMSU, primarily for shrimp production.

  • High above the New Mexico State University campus, the Third Floor Bistro offers elegant dining, stunning views and seasonal menus. The Third Floor Bistro recently began serving a summer menu featuring salads, sandwiches and lunch entrees. One of the new menu items that is a must try is the New Mexico Shrimp company Shrimp Tacos ($10.95). The shrimp used in the tacos are raised on the NMSU campus and are served sauted in a sweet tangy sauce. These are locally grown, fresh farm raised shrimp. The dish comes with two tacos and four corn tortillas. The tacos are topped with a cabbage salad and an avocado créme. The plate's wonderfully colorful presentation adds to the VIP atmosphere.

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) presented 6 Gold Awards to NMSU's Media Productions/Ag Communication for their educational media and learning games at the professional association's upcoming International Conference in Portland. In addition, the ACES team claimed 20% of the association's "best of class," called the Professional Skill Awards, which compares gold award winners in each category to select the most outstanding for each media type.

Animal and Range Science

  • The 2014 Western Section, American Society of Animal Science meeting was held June 24-27 at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Tim Ross received the 2014 Western Section, American Society of Animal Science "Distinguished Service Award." Eric Scholljegerdes received the American Society of Animal Science "Young Scientist Award." Thirteen papers were presented in the Graduate Student Competition with six of those being by NMSU students, while six of the 8 undergraduate student posters presented were NMSU students. Graduate Student Paper Competition first place went to Kendall Samuelson and second place went to Kelsey Quinn. Student Awards went to Francesca Melgar, First Place, Nicole Sanchez, second place and Matthew Crouse, third place. Other NMSU recognitions received were: Academic Quadrathlon Team, First Place-Written Exam, WSASAS Graduate Student Representatives Kelsey Quinn and James Graves, Institutional Graduate Student Paper Award went to NMSU (5th consecutive year) and WSASAS Young Scholar Recognition Program when to Ely Camaco.