April 11, 2014 (2)


  • FFA kids are on campus this week for Career Development Events. There are about 300 kids that will be participating in the state judging competition.

  • Drs. Dave Thompson, Steve Loring and Jon Boren are attending the spring joint meeting with Western Extension Directors (CES) and Western Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) Directors in San Diego California. They are working to develop joint strategic efforts between AES and CES in the Western region of the United States (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and states/territories west of the U.S.

ACES College

  • ACES Awards Day was held on April 11. The ceremony took place in the banquet rooms of the University Golf Course. ACES honored faculty and staff for their exceptional contributions to our college. We also honored individuals that have made a contribution to agriculture. Awards went to the following individuals:

NM Outstanding Leadership Award- Julian Garcia

Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction Award-Jose "Buddy" Viramontes

Fabian Garcia Founders Award of Excellence-Jerry Hawkes

Charles Tharp Farms Distinguished Service Award-Leonard Lauriault

Mobley Family Endowed Distinguished Research Award-Brian Hurd

Malone Farms Endowed Distinguished Staff Off Campus Award - LaWanda Meeks

Kringle the Cat Distinguished Teaching Award - Gaylene Fasenko

Distinguished Staff Award On Campus-Kathy Bustos

Distinguished Professional Staff Award On Campus-CC Chamberlin

Distinguished Professional Staff Award Off Campus- Richard Dunlap

Distinguished Extension Award-R. Edmund Gomez

Distinguished County Agent Award- Blair Clavel

NACTA Teaching Award-Ryan Goss

Team Award-Wastewater Land Application Team

Outstanding 4H Agent Award-Jacqueline Baca

HRTM Industry Leadership Award-Connie Hines

FCS Industry Leadership Award-Jamie McClure

Outstanding Agriculture Teacher Award-Mark Daugherty

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • Gary Roemer, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, was invited to participate in an NSF (National Science Foundation) Review panel. A very important federal funding source for scientific research.

Media Productions

  • The Learning Games Lab has announced dates for its popular Summer Sessions on its Learning Games Lab website. Based on current research needs, the NMSU Learning Games Lab will be offering two private sessions this summer: one for expert consultants who have attended our sessions in the past, and a one week session for members currently enrolled in 4-H. This last session is an expansion of current work with 4-H youth and technology integration. This is the 9th summer that the Lab has hosted sessions for youth at the NMSU Learning Games Lab in Gerald Thomas Hall. Applications and consent forms for our sessions can be found at Learning Games.

Agricultural Science Center

  • Dr. Sangu Angadi's (Agricultural Science Center at Clovis) presentation in Annual Tri-Societies Meeting at Tampa, FL on a novel concept of adding perennial grasses to irrigated annual cropping in a center pivot in the form of circular buffer strips to enhance multiple ecosystem services including water use efficiency was picked for a web story on the main pages of American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America. The story titled "a new twist on buffer strips in the Southern Great Plains" is available at Click here.
  • Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center is making an effort to upgrade technology to include state of the art tractors. One of which is a 7200R John Deere tractor. The addition of this tractor has made a great impact on the speed, accuracy and efficiency of work done at Leyendecker but has also expanded the scope of the tasks we can complete. The 7200R tractor comes with GPS capabilities. This GPS utilizes a system of twenty-four satellites across the earth's atmosphere to triangulate its position. Star-Fire 1, the GPS we are currently using, is in constant contact with at least twelve of these satellites at any one point in time. This software is capable of running any implement with pin-point precision and accuracy within any field or acreage. This upgrade in technology brings Leyendecker up-to-speed with the rest of the industry and also allows us to apply this state-of-the art software to the multitude of research studies being conducted here at the farm. We can also offer this technology as a training program for current employees, which we have already started, and also for any NMSU students for a number of classes which will benefit them in their future employment opportunities. We have only scratched the surface of what this new tractor-GPS combo is capable of but in time, we believe that we can integrate it into our research programs so that research is more accurate and precise, and will expand our efforts to incorporate new innovations and techniques.

Therapeutic Riding Program

  • The NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program and Sarah Veeder, Director of Therapeutic Riding and equitation Instructor, hosted the Spring Horse Carnival at the Equine Education facility. Over 172 people attended the event that included horseback riding, horse painting and feeding as well as arts and crafts, face painting and stick horse races. To make the event successful, Sarah had many volunteers help with the event which included volunteers from off campus programs and many NMSU students that participate in equine classes as well as active in many campus student organizations.

NMSU Rodeo

  • The Men's Rodeo Team continued their dominance of the region with another championship win at the Navajo Technical University NIRA Rodeo at Window Rock, AZ. They wrap the season up with the final 2 rodeos here on Campus on April 25-27. The NMSU Rodeo will be held in the Aggie Tailgate lot near Aggie Memorial Stadium. NMSU Students get in FREE w/ID and regular admission is $5.00. Performances begin at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 25, 5pm on April 26, and a top 10 short-go at 1:00pm on April 27.