September 5, 2014
Producers and college students from Guadalupe, De Baca and Quay counties attended a Range Management and Burn Response/Recovery tour coordinated by the Guadalupe County Extension Service on September 3, 2013. The attendees toured an area on the Stovall Ranch near Pastura to discuss prescribed fire/burn opportunities in NM and see results from a 2014 spring burn. The 65-acre spring burn was designed to enhance livestock forage species by improving palatability and nutrient content while removing senescent grass. A unique opportunity was presented to burn patches of cockleburs to explore treatment efficacy. Dense patches of cockleburs affected livestock distribution and entangled livestock hair. Enhanced wildlife habitat was also desired. Pre- and post-fire data from burned and unburned pastures was presented to compare results. The NMSU Extension Natural Resource Fire/Burn Specialist, Doug Cram, explained how the burn was conducted, what weather conditions were needed to be successful and safe, what resources are available to help producers analyze using burn as both a rangeland production tool and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tool.
County fairs have started across the state. Cooperative Extension Service Agents play a major role in planning, conducting and assisting during these county fair events. Agents have been involved with fair boards and assist in a variety of ways. Agents serve as superintendents in areas ranging from livestock, 4-H division, horticulture displays, home arts and booths. Extension agents assist youth preparing livestock for show and serve to make sure the show runs properly. At most county fairs the Extension Agents are individuals that make sure the county fair is memorable for both participants and spectator.
From the rolling hills of Silver City and ranch lands of Catron and Soccorro Counties to the pine-covered mountains of Ruidoso, motorcycle riders experienced some of the best views in southern New Mexico as they joined Regent Mike Cheney and President Garrey Carruthers in the "2014 Ride for the 4-H Clover". As a result of a vision of Regent Chairman Mike Cheney for a motorcycle tour to increase awareness of the importance of 4-H youth programs and the Cooperative Extension Service to New Mexicans, over 80 participants had the chance to experience spectacular New Mexico scenery and help support the programs offered by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and its 4-H youth activities during the August 23rd weekend. This was a chance for people to have some fun and learn about the ways we serve New Mexicans, all at the same time. Riders had the opportunity to tour and learn about Extension activities in Dona Ana, Grant, Catron, Socorro, and Lincoln counties. The event was co-sponsored by Barnett's Las Cruces Harley-Davidson, Las Cruces Visitors and Convention Bureau, Bodega Burger Company in Socorro, and the City of Socorro. Plans are already underway for the third annual "Ride for the 4-H Clover" next year. Below are a few comments from this year's participants:
"My wife and I enjoyed the ride. It was our second time and the 4-H groups were great, and also it was nice to have law enforcement involved this year. Already making plans for next year. Thank you." "As a 4-H family, it was amazing to see all the riders that didn't know about 4-H walk away with so much knowledge. Mike truly put on an amazing bike run. We are heavily involved in 4-H and love to ride our bike. So this was a great trip. Seeing all the beautiful countryside I have not had a chance to see before and meet such wonderful people. The bike run was well-organized and the food, friendship, and people were great. Thanks again. See you next year."
"Congratulations on a great weekend. I can't tell you how many positive comments I heard about the event. There were many experienced riders there, and they all raved about the route, the food, the speakers, and how well-organized everything was. But most of all, they were very complimentary of your people. The University, and CES staff, and 4-Hers did a great job always positive, friendly, and smiling. Made everyone feel welcome."
"What a fun and creative way to celebrate the wonderful support NMSU's 4-H had given the youth of our state. I have firsthand knowledge, 4-H changes lives for the better. Thanks to the NMSU Regents for organizing this ride to raise awareness."