October 31, 2015

Cooperative Extension Service:

  • 2015 Extension Disaster Education Network Annual Meeting: Sonja Koukel, Extension Community and Environmental Health Specialist, hosted the 2015 Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) annual meeting at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. Approximately 70 EDEN delegates and invited guests from land-grant institutions, tribal Extension, and federal agencies participated in sessions designed to share resources and experiences to reduce the impact of disasters-both natural and manmade. Special issues related to disasters in the border region were presented. Rick Griffiths, San Juan County, provided an overview of the Gold King Mine Spillage. Dr. Jon Boren, Associate Dean and Director, extended a welcome to the attendees to kick off the 2015 meeting.

  • National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Annual Meeting: Cooperative Extension Service faculty members Kathy Landers, Leah Platero and Jesse Jim along with one U of A Extension faculty member presented a Navajo 4-H Weaving Project Workshop at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, during the week of October 25-30. The history of Navajo weaving is in many ways the history of the Navajo people. Weaving is more than a craft - it is a spiritual practice, connecting the weaver to the spirits of earth and sky. The weaving project is an excellent way in which youth can develop an understanding of native fiber arts and cultural practices.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • USDA Grant: Nancy Flores, Extension Food Science and Technology Specialist, will be partnering with researchers from 5 other states to form the Mountain Sub-Region of the recently funded Western Regional Food Safety Training Center at Oregon State. They will develop curricula and provide training to help small and mid-sized farms and food processors prevent foodborne illnesses and comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Cowboys for Cancer donation: The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student club sold pink t-shirts in October to raise money for Cowboys for Cancer. They raised $1,850. Donations go to research efforts to help find a cure for cancer.

Animal and Range Sciences

  • Clayton Livestock Research Center Field Day 2015: Several NMSU faculty members and graduate students participated in the Clayton Livestock Research Center Field Day 2015. Dr. Eric Sholljegerdes presented information on cattle wildlife interactions and cow calf production/nutrition, and Dr. Clint Loest reported on studies at Clayton to improve cattle productivity. Graduate students Margaret Garcia (Trace Minerals and Cattle Health), Eben Oosthuysen (Vaccine Studies and Animal Health), Kendal Samuelson (Protein Levels in Feed and Cattle Performance) and Zeno Bester (Trace Mineral Studies and Ongoing Research on Liver Abscesses) updated the audience on completed and proposed research projects. Also in attendance were Dr. Glenn Duff, Department Head; Dr. Mike Hubbert, Professor and Superintendent; Dr. Dave Thompson, Associate Dean and Director; Ms. Terra Winter, Assistant Dean for Donor Development and Alumni Relations; and several Extension personnel. Drs. Duff, Hubbert and Thompson and Ms. Winter provided updates on college and departmental activities. State Senator Pat Woods and State Representative Dennis Roch provided opening comments to the audience. Approximately 60 ranchers, university, industry and local representatives were in attendance. The field day, hosted by the Clayton Livestock Research Center Advisory Committee, provided a venue to inform locals about research activities at the center.