Task Force publications

task force image with Chiles, sheep and an irrigation ditch The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is aggressively involved in finding solutions to current problems in New Mexico. The Water Task Force, New Mexico Chile Association, and Range Improvement Task Force are interdisciplinary teams of researchers, scientists, and other experts that conduct commissioned studies and other work. Results of task force research are available in the following reports.


New Mexico Chile Association/Chile Task Force


Report No. 1: An Industry-University Response to Global Competition

Report No. 2: Chile Seed Germination as Affected by Temperature and Salinity

Report No. 3: Yield and Quality of Machine-Harvested Red Chile Peppers

Report No. 4: Chile Seed Quality

Report No. 5: Guidelines for Chile Seed Crop Production

Report No. 6: Improving Chile Harvesting and Cleaning Technologies

Report No. 7: Farm Labor Employers' Handbook - (PDF Version)

Report No. 8: New Mexico's Chile Pepper Industry: Chile Types and Product Sourcing

Report No. 9: Economic Impact of Southern New Mexico Vegetable Production and Processing

Report No. 10: Chile Pepper Growers' Notes: 2003

Report No. 11: Developing New Marketing Strategies for the Southwestern Chile Industry

Report No. 12: Incidence of the Beet Leafhopper, Circulifer tenellus (Homoptera: Cicadellidae), in New Mexico Chile

Report No. 13: Plant Spacing/Plant Population for Machine Harvest

Report No. 14: Economic Return to Adoption of Mechanical Thinning: The Case of New Mexico Chile

Report No. 15: U.S. Imports and Exports of Chile Peppers and Pepper Products: Frequently Asked Questions

Report No. 16: International Trade in Chile Peppers: Data from the Global Trade Atlas

Report No. 17: Basic Research on the Use of Polarization to Sort Chile Peppers)

Report No. 17: Basic Research on the Use of Polarization to Sort Chile Peppers

Report No. 18: An Analysis of Farm Labor Contracting in New Mexico - (PDF Version)

Report No. 19: Use of Kaolin to Suppress Beet Curly Top Virus in Chile Peppers

Report No. 20: Using a Color Sorter to Remove Sticks from Mechanically Harvested Red Chile

Report No. 21: Regional Branding in a Global Marketplace - (PDF Version)

Report No. 22: Refinement and Testing of Mechanical Cleaners for Red Chile - (PDF Version)

Report No. 23: NMSU Crop Thinner Project: A Model for Commercialization of University Intellectual Property - (PDF Version)

Report No. 24: Chile Harvesting Observations: 2004 - (PDF Version)

Report No. 25: Design and Development of a Prototype Mechanical Gap Sorter for Mechanically Harvested Red Chile - (PDF Version)

Report No. 26: Good Agricultural Practices: What Growers Should Know

Report No. 27: Red Chile Pod Reclaimer Evaluations

Report No. 28: Chile Machine Harvesting Trials

Report No. 29: Southwest Agribusiness Conference Proceedings

Report No. 30: Bacterial Leaf Spot of Chile Pepper: A Short Guide for Growers

Report No. 31: Research and Promotion Program Prospects in the Chile Industry

Report No. 32: Crop Growth and Development for Irrigated Chile (Capsicum annuum)

Report No. 33: Evaluations of Chloropicrin Fumigants for Management of Soil-Borne Pathogens in Chile (Capsicum annuum L.)
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Range Improvement Task Force


Report 1: Estimated Benefits and Costs of State Ownership of BLM Lands in NM - PDF Version

Report 2: Market Values of Federal Grazing Permits in NM - PDF Version

Report 3: Statement Summary Presented by RITF - PDF Version

Report 4: A Bibliography of Forest and Rangeland NonPoint Sources of Pollution - PDF Version

Report 5: Appraisal of BLM Responses to RITF Public Comments on Grazing Environmental Impact Statements - PDF Version

Report 6: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Grazing Management Plans; A Guide for Public Land Livestock Operations - PDF Version

Report 7: Guide to NM Range Analysis - PDF Version

Report 8: Characteristics of State Non-Game Management Programs in 1980PDF Version

Report 9: Innovative Features for a Range Stewardship Program in NM, 1980 - PDF Version

Report 10: A Bibliography of Literature Related to Grazing Systems - PDF Version

Report 11: Reassessment of Grazing Allotments in the BLM Roswell and Socorro Districts - PDF Version

Report 12: Grazing Lease Arrangements and Costs of Privately Owned Rangelands in NM, 1980 - PDF Version

Report 13: A Rancher's Guide for Monitoring Deer and Antelope Populations in NM - PDF Version

Report 14: The Prices Paid Index in the Federal Grazing Fee Formula - PDF Version

Report 15: Alternative Valuation Methods for Cattle Ranches on the White Sands Missle Range 1942-1982 - PDF Version

Report 16: Control of Kangaroo Rats with Poison BaitsPDF Version

Report 17: Methods and Compensations for Ranch Properties and Grazing Permits on the White Sands Missle Range - PDF Version

Report 18: Private Land Grazing Transactions in NM 1983-84, Implications for State Trust Land Grazing Fees - PDF Version

Report 19: Potential Returns for Landowner Management of WildlifePDF Version - PDF Version

Report 20: Financial Status of the Range Livestock Industry: The NM Example - PDF Version

Report 22: NM Hunter-Rancher Relationships Survey - PDF Version

Report 25: Legal Liability of Landowners with Fee Hunting EnterprisesPDF Version - PDF Version

Report 26: Procedures For Preparing Contracts Associated with Fee Hunting Enterprises - PDF Version

Report 31: The Value of Public Land Grazing Permits and the Grazing Fee Dilemma - PDF Version

Report 32: The Importance of Public Lands to Livestock Productions in the U.S. - PDF Version

Report 34: RITF Critical Review of RANGELAND REFORM '94: BLM Proposed Rulemaking; FS Proposed Rulemaking; EIS Scoping Issues - PDF Version

Report 37: Monitoring and Interpreting Ecological Integrity on Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of the Western United States - PDF Version

Report 40: The Economic Impact of Protecting the Knowlton Cactus (Pediocactus knowltonii) Under the Endangered Species Act - PDF Version

Report 43: Management of Mountain Mahogany and Wright's Silktassel to Increase Browse Availability for Big Game - PDF Version

Report 47: Forage Utilization by Elk and Livestock in Selected Riparian Areas in the Gila National Forest - PDF Version

Report 49: Herbaceous Utilization by Elk in Selected Meadows in the Gila Wilderness, Gila National Forest - PDF Version

Report 52: Diets of Elk, Mule Deer & Coues White-Tailed Deer on Fort Bayard in Southwestern New Mexico - PDF Version

Report 53: Monitoring Rangelands in NM - PDF Version

Report 57: Impacts of Controlled Grazing Versus Grazing Exclusions on Rangeland Ecosystems: What We Have Learned - PDF Version

Report 58: Using the Rapid Assessment Methodology (RAM) to make Adaptive Management Decisions - PDF Version

Report 60: 2005 Summary of Range Brush Control Research: Demonstration Trials in NM - PDF Version

Report 67: Characteristics of the United States Organic Beef Industry - PDF Version

Report 69: Montane Meadow and Open Area Encroachment in the Lincoln Forest, Sacramento Grazing Allotment - PDF Version

Report 70: The Financial and Ecological Impacts of Two Stocking Levels on Chihauhuan Desert Rangeland - PDF Version

Report 71: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico, 1998 - PDF Version

Report 72: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico, 1999 - PDF Version

Report 73: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico - 2000 - PDF Version

Report 74: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico - 2001 - PDF Version

Report 75: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico, 2002 - PDF Version

Report 76: Data Entry, Organization and Analysis for Rapid Assessment Metholology - PDF Version

Report 77: A Guide to Identifying Livestock DepredationPDF Version - PDF Version

Report 78: Review of Livestock Management Practices to Minimize Livestock Depredation by Wolves: Applicability to the Southwest - PDF Version

Report 79: Economic Implications and Surface Disturbance Mitigation of Oil and Gas Development on Otero Mesa - PDF Version

Report 80: Reestablishment of the Mexican Gray Wolf: The Economics of Depredation - PDF Version

Report 81: Legacy of Agricultural Property Tax in New Mexico - 2011 - PDF Version

Report 82: Elk and Livestock in New Mexico: Issues and Conflicts on Private and Public Lands - PDF Version

Report 83: Wilderness Designation and Livestock Grazing: The Gila Example - PDF Version

Report 84: Scientific review of 12/14/10, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposal to List the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard as Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act - PDF Version

Report 85: An Introduction to NEPA: The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969

Report 400 B-18: Brush Control on New Mexico Rangeland - PDF Version


Range Improvement Task Force publications are distributed by the Extension Animal Resources department. Contact the Department of Extension Animal Resources, MSC 3AE, Room 314, Knox Hall, (575) 646-5102. ritf@nmsu.edu


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Water Task Force


Report No. 1: Efficient Irrigation for Water Conservation

Report No. 2: River, Acequia and Shallow Groundwater Interactions

Report No. 3: A Simple Flow Measuring Device for Farms

Report No. 4: Irrigation Practices vs. Farm Size: Data from Elephant Butte Irrigation District

Report No. 5: Landscape Attitudes and Choices: A Survey of New Mexico Homeowners

Report No. 6: Evaluation of User Friendly Drip Irrigation/Mulch Systems for Urban and Small Farm Specialty Crop Production

Report No. 7: Market-Based Management of Water Scarcity in the Elephant Butte Irrigation District

Report No. 8:Irigation Scheduling of Pecan Orchards: The Water Budget Approach

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