September 29, 2017
The Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC)
- The CRLRC lead by Dr. Adam Summers is demonstrating the efficacy of transcervical artificial insemination for small goat operations in New Mexico. Thirty head were bred on September 7 and 19 through transcervical technique. The Corona goat program was implemented ten years ago to help address production questions in New Mexico as well as add a funding stream to the Corona program with an added value goat production enterprise. The Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability at the CRLRC hopes to develop producer workshops to train goat producers in transcervical artificial techniques to aid in applying genetic advances to small farm operations.
- 4-H Agent Brittany Sonntag, partnered with New Mexico Ag in the Classroom, ¡Explora!, Sandia Labs, Intel and other STEM groups in New Mexico to host the first program in a yearlong series around the importance of math. Each month a different field is chosen to inspire enthusiasm for learning, math, and the world around us. September was designated as “Growing Math Skills: The Mathematics of Agriculture,” which focused on math in the field of Agriculture. Events were held during the State Fair and 300 urban youth were engaged in math related activities and presentations around agriculture. Activities youth participated in included: estimating hatching percentages of chicken eggs, calculating a horse’s height measurement from hands to inches, determining how many socks can be made from the wool of one sheep, and watching a milking demonstration to learn about how raw milk becomes whole milk, 2 percent milk, and skim milk.
The ACES Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation Lab (CAIL)
- CAIL hosted three instrumentation development researchers from the Swiss Institute École Ploytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for a weeklong collaboration kick-off meeting. The NMSU/EPFL collaboration focuses on the implementation of stand-alone signal processing hardware interfaced to the lab’s Orbitrap Fusion mass spectrometer. These capabilities increase instrument performance and transform that instrument into the most powerful of its kind in the world.
The Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari
- The AES at Tucumcari hosted 150, 4th and 5th grade students from the Tucumcari Elementary School and two home-schooled youth for its annual Farm Day event. The students rotated among six presentations, which included Toss No Mas and Recycling (Sharayah Sisneros and Alyssa Reveles, City of Tucumcari), Good Bugs/Bad Bugs (Leonard Lauriault, NMSU ASC Tucumcari), Horses (Staci Stanbrough, Mesalands Community College and ACES Alum, shown in the picture with her horse), Soil Organic Matter (Murali Darapuneni, NMSU ASC Tucumcari), Weeds and Crops (Ashley Cunningham, NMSU ASC Tucumcari and ACES Alum), and 4-H Projects (Joyce Runyan, NMSU Quay County Cooperative Extension Service). Healthy snacks for the event were sponsored by local businesses.