November 14, 2015
Agritourism Conference: More than 100 individuals attended the two-day Agritourism Conference in Albuquerque on November 13 and 14. The conference participants learned how to develop and expand their agritourism businesses in eight plenary and 12 breakout sessions that covered aspects of agritourism. Agritourism includes bed and breakfast operations, holistic and guest ranching, niche marketing, guided hunts, special events at particular times of the year, lunches and dinners, dude ranches, opportunities to do real work alongside a farmer or rancher, winery tours, you-pick operations, ag education tours, and road-side stands among others. Aspects of niche marketing, direct marketing, income generation, and ways to associate with others were prime topics of the conference.
Santa Fe: A joint agricultural industry-NMDA-NMSU ACES task group testified before the New Mexico Jobs Council on November 16 in Santa Fe. The group talked to the Council about job growth opportunities in production agriculture, agricultural processing, and input suppliers, as well as the obstacles set up at national, state and local levels that limit or remove the incentive for entrepreneurs to maintain and / or increase production in New Mexico. Agricultural Production is New Mexico's third largest industry measured by total dollar impact while Food Processing is the state's 11th largest industry. When combined, they constitute New Mexico's largest industry.
Student Visitors: Approximately 300 MESA students visited NMSU ACES on Tuesday, November 10. These middle school and high school students rotated in groups of 30-40 to explore STEM careers and opportunities in agriculture and related areas ranging from food science to biotechnology at eight separate presenting stops.
Novembrew: About 300 community and university members attended the 2015 Novembrew sponsored by the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management on the Aggie Memorial Stadium turf November 14. Those who attended could choose samples from among 150 beers and 75 wines. All proceeds from the event support the National Distributing Scholarship in the School of HRTM. National Distributing donated all of the beer and wine in support of the event and scholarship.
Cooperative Extension Service
- Awards: Elena Bower, county home economist from McKinley County, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at the annual meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Shelly Bucher, Brooke Stanley Tou, and Dr. Esther Devall were honored by the Office of the Vice President for Research at NMSU for bringing in sponsored awards in excess of $500,000 for fiscal year 2015.