July 25, 2014

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Doña Ana County 4-H Livestock Agent, Teresa Dean, hosted a Dairy Heifer Camp at Landmark Mercantile. Eleven 4-H members learned about showmanship, selection of dairy heifers, feeding, clipping, preparation for show and much more. 4-H members got the opportunity to tour the F & A Dairy Products plant as well as the Big Sky Dairy, that allowed them to learn more about the various aspects of the dairy industry. At the end of the camp, 4-H members showed off their skills with a showmanship contest and winners received a $25 gift certificate to Landmark. Sponsors of this event were: Landmark Mercantile, Dairy Max and Dairy Farmers of America.

  • Doña Ana County hosted the 2014 SW District 4-H Horse Show at the Armstrong Equestrian Center. Nineteen 4-H members from Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Grant and Socorro Counties where in attendance. 4-H member vied for the top three High Point Individual placing in each age division. Prior to the Horse Show, Doña Ana County hosted a Horse Show Clinic, where adult volunteer horse project leaders provided instruction on proper showing techniques to prepare the 4-H for the show the following day.

  • Doña Ana County 4-H Members did a great job at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in Grand Island, Nebraska. All our students did well in all competitions.

  • Luna County's 2014 National Shooting Sport Invitational. The National Invitational was held this year at Grand Island, Nebraska where our two teams consisted of Compound Archery and .22 Small Bore Rifle. Our 4-H students placed high in these national competitions.

Extension Plant Sciences

  • The Seventh Annual Squash Derby was held on Saturday, July 19, at the Silver City Farmer's Market. This collaboration between the Farmer's Market and the Cooperative Extension Service began 7 years ago when the Grant County Extension Program Director, Judy O'Loughlin, was asked to help create an event that would interest youth in the local Farmer's Market. The Squash Derby invites kids to the market to make derby cars from zucchini, Mexican gray squash, or yellow squash. The tires are made from sliced turnips. The kids construct the headlights, and vehicle accessories out of a wide variety of other vegetables. Many visiting engineers stop by to offer advice and see what's going on. After completion, each derby designer has a turn racing their derby car down a slide ramp racetrack. The distance traveled by each car is marked with their name and the top three finishers win a prize of bubbles or sidewalk chalks. This year over 40 kids participated, with several derby builders returning to see if they could improve on their designs. In conjunction with the Squash Derby, the Extension Plant Sciences Department conducted a "Plant Clinic." Plant Clinics help to educate the community about horticultural practices, pest identification, and pest management through an informal question and answer session. Three Specialists from the department, Carol Sutherland (Extension Entomologist), Jason French (Plant Diagnostic Clinician), and Natalie Goldberg (Extension Plant Pathologist), were on hand to help people with specific gardening questions and pest identification requests. Insect boxes containing the 100 most common insects in New Mexico, biting and stinging pests, and arthropods that eat weeds were displayed in the booth. The event was a great success with over 490 people stopping by to get their questions answered or to learn about the insects on display.

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • Dr. Barbara Chamberlin recently presented a live webinar to more than 230 educators. Her recorded presentation "OK to Play: How Tablets, Smartphones, Computers and Other Devices Can Be an Important Part of a Child's Development" was presented through AWE Digital Learning Solutions (awelearning.com). Her presentation is designed to help educators and parents understand how to set their own guidelines for student/leaner technology use, giving specific examples of how these tools can be beneficial. The presentation also prompts discussion of where parents and educators should show caution, and help them be better informed about what is "OK to Play". It was an interactive webinar with live questions from audience members all over the world, including Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Greece, France, Australia, Romania, and India. Many more will watch the recording in the archives.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Sabine Green, Program Specialist, has been recognized by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) as a recipient of its coveted Certified Floral Designer (CFD) designation. Green was granted this designation after successfully completing the Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE) that took place on July 2 immediately prior to AIFD's National Symposium "Transition Transformation" in Chicago. Symposium is the floral industry's leading floral design education event. CFD recognition is granted only after a floral designer has demonstrated their understanding of the concepts of design through education and by subjecting their floral design work to a vigorous peer evaluation conducted by an international panel of design experts. In addition to being honored with the CFD designation, Green's designs and evaluation marks were considered to be so artistic that she has also been extended an invitation to become an Accredited Member of AIFD. Should she accept the invitation; she would be inducted during elaborate ceremonies as part of AIFD's 2015 National Symposium taking place June 30-July 4 in Denver, Colo. Members of AIFD lead the floral industry in advancing the art of professional floral design through education. While they are CFDs, they are better recognized by the "AIFD" designation after their names