August 20, 2016

Cooperative Extension Service

  • New Mexico Indian Livestock Days convened on May 11-13 at the Route 66 Casino Hotel. The educational event began in the 1970's when it was held in Las Cruces before it was moved closer to the Four Corners area in 1996 where attendance grew from 65 attendees to over 200 annually. The event has three days of educational presentations, demonstrations and exhibits. Livestock production by Native American producers is valued at approximately $105 million out of the $3.01 billion generated by all of New Mexico's producers. The Sedillo Cattlemen's Association recognized McKinley County Extension Agent, Kathy Landers for her leadership in organizing Indian Livestock Day for the last 20 years.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Sonja Koukel, Extension Health Specialist, was featured in the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy's (ECOP) Monday Minute blog for her leadership of the national Health Literacy Action Team (http://ecopmondayminute.blogspot.com/2016/05/16.html). It is estimated that 9 out of 10 adults in the U.S. lack the skills to manage their health and prevent disease. The Health Literacy Action Team is working with Extension professionals across the country to raise awareness and make health literacy programming a priority.

Media Productions/Games Lab

  • Media Productions has been awarded $575.000 over 4 years as part of a $10 Million multi-state grant from USDA/NIFA to explore alternative water sources for agriculture. This project is especially important in the Southwest where groundwater supplies have dwindled to historical lows. ACES' Media Production team will develop innovative media to help farmers, policy makers, university students and even K-12 educators understand the how new water treatment and reuse technologies will allow farmers more access to contaminant-free water to safely irrigate their crops, especially vegetables and fruits.

Agricultural Experiment Station

  • At least 610 people attend field days at the Agricultural Science Centers at Farmington, Tucumcari, and Clovis, and at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde. The field days are a chance for the public to attend and learn what our researchers and Extension faculty are doing and how that benefits the producers and consumers of New Mexico.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Richard Pratt was named as the prestigious Crop Science Society of America Fellow. He will officially receive the award in November. Pratt is a professor of plant breeding and the director of the Cropping Systems Research Innovation Program. The fellow award is the highest recognition bestowed by the CSSA. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues, and only up to 0.3 percent of the society's active and emeritus members may be elected fellow.