January 23, 2016
Cooperative Extension Service
Cotton: Cotton production accounts for about $37 million in the economy of New Mexico. Cooperative Extension Service has been providing constant support to help cotton producers in the State achieve economic sustainability. The New Mexico Cotton Growers Conference was held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, Ruidoso, NM on January 13th, 2016, to address various production and economic related issues that growers should expect during the 2016 season. The conference attracted growers and stakeholders in cotton industry both within and outside New Mexico. The conference featured presentations on cotton economic prospects for 2016, cotton variety performance in New Mexico, salinity management, weed control, insect pest control, ginning research update and research on glandless cotton being performed at New Mexico State University.
Memorial Middle School: The Enchanted Life Foundation (ELF) is funding $30,000 over three years ($10,000 per year) for Dr. Peter Skelton's agriculture/science outreach program at Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas. The funding will help expand the program to include a weather station and hydroponics, and provide some iPad Mini tablets for the classrooms. University Advancement was instrumental in making this funding happen.
CES and NMDA Working Together: Southern New Mexico found itself in the midst of an equine neurotropic EHV-1 outbreak at Sunland Race Track last Friday afternoon, January 22. State Police blocked the area to keep animals from coming and going, and the task at hand was to roll the lips and read the tattoos. By about 1:00 in the morning on Saturday, around 600 horses were inventoried from Sunland proper in the surrounding facilities so the horses in the Sunland barns could be read later. A few hundred more were processed on Saturday. NMDA and Cooperative Extension Service personnel helped ALIRT veterinarians read the tattoos Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning and then again all day Saturday. NMDA and Extension were assisting the Livestock Board and State Veterinarian under an incident command structure. Kelly Hamilton, Katie Goetz, Dr. Tim Hanosh, Marcy Ward, Eva Madrid, Makayla Richardson, Teresa Dean and Tom Dean, working with the ALIRT vets helped to surround the problem quickly, potentially saving an industry in New Mexico and across the United States. It is still too early to see how this is going to spread across the U.S., but there can be no doubt that we are in way better shape because of NMSU Extension, NMDA and these individuals.