April 20, 2018
Agricultural Science Center (ASC) - Artesia
Students from a NMSU-C Environmental Studies class (Rick Wiedenmann, Biology faculty) made a field trip to the ASC Artesia. Students sampled alfalfa for insect pests and predators and saw demonstrations of soil sampling with a hammer probe. They were shown how deeply roots can go and how to estimate soil moisture for irrigation scheduling. Students also participated in discussions about integrated pest management, soil health, and using biological control to reduce insecticide applications. Additionally, twelve alfalfa varieties were seeded this week to assess varieties for yield potential under a lateral move sprinkler. Once established these plots will be irrigated using “bubbler nozzle” technology. Farms in west Texas have reportedly seen nearly a 25 percent improvement in water use efficiency by using these types of nozzles.
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
The ACES' Open House, showcasing its teaching, research and Extension programs was a great success, attracting more than 400 community members to demonstrations, labs and events across the college’s six buildings. Dean Rolando A. Flores kicked off the day by welcoming a standing room only crowd in the auditorium. He provided an overview of ACES and encouraged guests to view more than 200 research posters and displays covering all of ACES outstanding programs. Many labs offered tours, such as the Arthropod Museum, Wildlife Museum, Learning Games Lab, Plant Diagnostic Clinic, and companion animal program’s F.I.D.O Lab. An event highlight was the student poster competition, with 93 students competing for Scholar Dollars. A Farm-to-Fork fundraising dinner, sponsored by the Farm and Livestock Bureau and the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM), benefitting Ag in the Classroom and HRTM scholarships concluded the day. See Open House photos of the event.
Cooperative Extension Service (CES)
Three County Extension agents represented the ACES-CES at a Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference in Washington, D.C. Dianne Christensen, Bernalillo County Family & Consumer Sciences agent; Karim Martinez, Doña Ana County Family & Consumer Sciences agent; and Marcella Talamante, Rio Arriba County 4-H agent attended PILD, which is sponsored by the Joint Council of Extension Professionals. The theme this year was “Cultivating a Climate of Civil Dialogue” and emphasized the importance of listening to understand, asking meaningful questions, promoting respect and being comfortable with agreeing to disagree. The goals of PILD were to help broaden understanding of public policy issues that impact Extension and Extension clientele; help explore how the changing political environment that affects support for Extension; and provide tools to build new professional and social media connections that strengthen existing partnerships with local, state and federal agencies; stakeholders; and policy makers.