November 3, 2017

Clovis Agricultural Science Center

  • Fun while learning! The Clovis Agricultural Science Center’s program “Cultivating Young Minds” is an annual event targeting 5th grade students from Clovis Elementary Schools. The students had a chance to visit the Center and learn about who we are and what we do. This year’s event was a great success. Ten schools participated with a total of 610 students. After a brief introduction by Abdel Mesbah, students from each school spent 45 minutes learning about soils, good and bad bugs in soil, and variety of seeds that we plant to grow crops (Rajan Ghimire) and plant growth, development, and food production (Sultan Begna). At the end of the lectures, students had the chance to go to the center’s pumpkin field to pick a pumpkin or two to take home. Due to the interest expressed by teachers and parents, we might consider inviting other schools outside the Clovis area in the future.

New Mexico Association of County Agricultural Agents

  • The New Mexico Association of County Agricultural Agents hosted the 16th National Association of County Agricultural Agents Western Region Professional Improvement Conference in the Albuquerque area. The first day consisted of the presenting of papers from the agents from nine western states with the furthest coming from Alaska. The second day involved a tour visiting the: Silver Leaf Farms in Corrales which grows vegetable for restaurants and niche markets in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas; State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab operated by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture; the Gutierrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque’s South Valley which is being used as a business incubator for beginning farmers with the assistance of the Bernalillo County Extension Office; and the NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas. Altogether, the event was attended by 53 people.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • NMSU Extension Associates Lourdes Olivas and Gabe Calderon, offered the first Chronic Disease Self-Management Program held in Gerald Thomas Hall. Recruitment included using the NMSU Hotline that helped make the first campus series a success. Workshops were held every Monday evening for 6-weeks at no cost to the attendees. The evidence-based program is designed to help participants become self-managers of their chronic condition or provide necessary support for a loved one. NMSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences is subcontracted from the NM Department of Health under the Paths to Health NM programs.

  • Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents and specialists represented New Mexico at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) annual session in Omaha, Nebraska. Cindy Davies, county director and FCS agent in Bernalillo County received the Distinguished Service Award for New Mexico. Rick Griffiths, FCS agent in San Juan County hosted an information table for the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) as part of his national EDEN board member role. Karim Martinez, county director and FCS agent in Doña Ana County assisted in presenting a poster for the NEAFCS Diversity Committee. This poster highlighted outreach efforts by committee member states that reach diverse audiences and informed NEAFCS members of diversity resources on the NEAFCS website. Sonja Koukel, Extension Community & Environmental Health Specialist, attended the FCS Program Leaders’ meetings.