September 8, 2017

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • The Dietetic Internship Program received a three-year grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to increase the number of qualified registered dietitians/nutritionists in the region and improve the health of area residents. The primary objective of the grant is to ensure additional qualified registered dieticians are available for jobs in the region so area residents can benefit from their expertise and lead to an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption and a reduction of sedentary lifestyles, said Gaby Phillips, Dietetic Internship Program director. The program is housed in NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Students in the program collaborate with Cooperative Extension Service professionals in county and state offices to implement nutrition intervention. Students conduct a community needs assessment for every county in New Mexico, and develop community nutrition programs that can be used statewide. The Dietetic Internship Program at NMSU is the only one in the region.

Cooperative Extension Service (CES)

  • How is are ACES and CES contributing to the safety of New Mexico children? Nationally each year, on average, 12,175 children 0-19 years of age die from unintentional injury. While 9.2 million children annually visited emergency departments for unintentional injury. A series of local accidental deaths and accidents resulting in severe injuries to youth of eastern New Mexico brought these statistics to the forefront. Safety days are held for all 3rd graders across the eleven counties of Eastern New Mexico. The one-day events teach children safety lessons that can keep them and others safe while at home or on a farm or ranch. The safety days not only increase student’s awareness of safety procedures, they enhance the safety awareness of the community as well. All of the programs are conducted by cooperative extension agents funded partially by Smith-Lever funds.

Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC)

  • The CRLRC has partnered with the Otero County Cooperative Extension Service to kick off the first Let’s Talk! Breakfast in Town roundtable discussion in range livestock production. This new series of outreach programs follows four Let’s Talk! Breakfast at the Ranch events hosted at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability. Sixteen participants gathered on September 6 for breakfast before joining in a client driven discussion about concerns for livestock producers in the area. Scientists associated with research activities at the CRLRC from the Departments of Animal and Range Science and Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources addressed the issues and questions of the day. This series is currently being scheduled in other towns. More information available at the CRLRC website.

ACES in Mexico

  • Showcased as an example of ‘the American Land-Grant’ university and invited by USDA, NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) represented the Land-Grant universities during a binational workshop in Mexico City. The ACES Office of Global Agricultural Initiatives director, Rod McSherry, addressed the Mexican audience with an overview of the cooperative contribution of federal, state and local entities in our university-based extension system. Dr. Robert Flynn, Extension agronomist from the Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, laid out how research-based information is delivered to New Mexico communities. The Aggies joined a team led by USDA that is working with the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture and which goal is to learn best practices from the U.S. agricultural extension model. Shared learning and similar extension models are great examples of how to improve mutual understanding, accelerate common use of advanced technology in managing shared natural resources, and improve lives and livelihoods in New Mexico and the Borderlands region.