October 7, 2016
Cooperative Extension Service
Extension Plant Sciences - New Mexico State University Plant Diagnostic Clinic has been granted accreditation status under the National Plant Diagnostic Network STAR-D Laboratory Accreditation Program. The five-year accreditation begins September 1, 2016, and ends on August 31, 2021. EPS Plant Diagnostic Clinic is the 4th lab in the county (following Cornell University, the University of Florida, and the Nevada Department of Agriculture) to receive full accreditation.
Extension Plant Sciences - "Amazing Insects & Weeds" were displayed for nearly 1200 area students, teachers, and parents attending AgVenture at the Southern New Mexico Fair on September 29. Extension Entomologist Dr. Carol Sutherland and Extension Weed Specialist Dr. Leslie Beck spoke to the crowds about the impacts that both pest groups have on crops and livestock, as well as the farmers, ranchers and others who produce our food or maintain our landscapes.
Media Productions and Learning Games Lab
- ACES Media Productions hosted a national research meeting on food safety October 4-6, 2016, at its NMSU Learning Games Lab. This USDA NIFA multistate conference included food safety researchers and specialists from 25 land-grant universities who shared their latest research findings. The group works annually to explore opportunities for future collaborative grant funding proposals. Media Productions collaborated on several of the projects presented at the conference.
Plant and Environmental Sciences
- Soil and Water Science faculty and graduate students from the Plant & Environmental Sciences department set up soil science learning stations for 75 first graders at East Picacho Elementary School on Tuesday, September 20, and for another 50 students from several grades at the Southern New Mexico State Fair AgVenture Day on Thursday, September 29. The kids loved playing with soil and seeing the variety of soil colors, textures, and even the critters that live in it. Even though the kids are too young to worry about college yet, it is a seed being planted for NMSU. They are just the right age to learn about where their food comes from and how important (and fun) soil can be!