December 1, 2017
Cooperative Extension Service (CES)
- NMSU-ACES CES delivered presentations and participated in panel discussions at the first Binational Border Conference on Agricultural Extension in Chihuahua, Mexico. The conference was hosted by Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua and was sponsored by SAGARPA (Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganedería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación) and APLU (Association of Public and Land Grant Universities). NMSU-ACES coordinated the participation of the U.S. delegation that included six Land-grant universities. As Mexico is interested in learning more about the connection between agricultural research, teaching and extension, its government and universities have reached out to NMSU for capacity building and training to better understand the development, implementation and continuous review of the U.S. cooperative extension model. NMSU-ACES is slated to have a second round of intensive extension training, sponsored by SAGARPA, that will follow up on challenges and opportunities that were flagged during this binational gathering in Mexico.
- Adult 4-H volunteers need opportunities to participate in educational programs during the 4-H program year and to network with other volunteer leaders. In an effort to provide this opportunity, the New Mexico 4-H Volunteer Leader Association Executive Board in partnership with the State 4-H Office, provides leadership to an annual conference for adult volunteers, leaders and parents. The 2017 New Mexico 4-H Adult Forum was held in Socorro, New Mexico in conjunction with the Collegiate 4-H Leadership Conference and Socorro County youth training. Eighty volunteers and Extension professionals representing 21 counties, engaged in service learning, project training and personal development through workshops, general sessions and interactive displays. At the end of the day, several participants said that they felt energized for the new year. Participants will go back to counties to train the 3,000 volunteers across New Mexico who are impacting over 5,000 youth.
Animal and Range Sciences
- Nine cattlemen from Mexico visited with Dean Rolando Flores and Dr. Shanna Ivey, interim department head of Animal and Range Science, as part of NMDA’s end of the year inbound mission. The nine gentlemen were in New Mexico buying Angus and Brangus bulls and took the opportunity to visit with the College’s representative to discuss ideas to address common issues and explore collaboration. Cattlemen in New Mexico, and Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico face similar issues with range management and care for the Angus and Brangus breeds so the meeting offered a great opportunity to exchange ideas. The inbound mission ended at the 2017 Joint Stockmen Convention organized by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.
Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES)
- The USDA-NIFA Multistate Project W-3128: “Scaling Microirrigation Technologies to Address the Global Water Challenge” was awarded the Irrigation Association’s National Water & Energy Conservation Award in Orlando, Florida. The group is a team of researchers and Extension specialists who have been working for nearly 45 years. This group documents and shares the science that has advanced the development and practical application of microirrigation in agriculture. Irrigation technology/application is important, as it influences so many different areas of our economy and the ability to sustainably manage our water resources. The team includes Manoj Shukla from NMSU’s PES; past members have included Mick O’Neill, Dan Smeal, and Ted Sammis, also from PES. Steve Loring, associate director of NMSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station, accepted the award as the administrative advisor of the group.