September 26, 2014

Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Fabian Garcia Gardens hosted the Ag Leadership group which consists of CEO's, company presidents, news media, and various other community leaders, and some ACES employees for lunch and tours of the gardens and research plots. Sodexo served plated food items including NMSU Shrimp tacos. After lunch the group went over the shrimp production facility and learned of all the wonderful products that are being developed from glandless cotton seed. Glandless cotton seed is being researched at the Agricultural Experiment Station and is being used for baked goods, meals, flours, oils and many other products including aquaculture feed. Participants got to see firsthand aquaculture production of pacific white salt water shrimp being grown in a zero water exchange system. The group learned how the Agricultural Experiment Station is addressing various issues that growers and community residents are facing. The Fabian Garcia Botanical gardens is located on University Street. It is open to the public from sun up to sundown. If anyone would like to visit the gardens they can contact the Fabian Garcia Science Center at 575-646-2729 to make arrangements.

NMSU Rodeo Team

  • The first rodeo of the semester took place in Tsaile, Arizona. The NMSU Men's Team took first place in the overall rodeo competition. Lucas McKenzie first place for Men's AA and 2nd place for Tie-Down and Team Roping. Ty Anderson took 3rd place for Tie-Down. Josh Davison took 1st for Bull Riding. Tyke Kipp took 1st for Steer Wrestling. Courtney Campbell came in first for Barrel Racing.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • FCS has a subcontract proposal with Michigan State University that was recently funded. The proposal is related to behavioral health. Dona Ana County was one of 8 sites selected around the U.S. to participate. Dr. Esther Devall is the PI and Jon Schwartz from the College of Education is Co-PI.

Media Productions

  • Learning Games Lab is expanding NMSU's statewide mobile technology outreach. They equipped Extension agents at the Albuquerque State Fair with specialized iPad systems to help judge and track state fair animals. Media Productions also created a new mobile app, called Livestock Record, to help 4-H'ers monitor animal weight, feed, health, income, expenses and assets on their iPhones or iPads. The National 4-H Council is now promoting NMSU's new app to 4-H'ers across the nation.

Animal and Range Sciences

  • Dr. Dennis Hallford, interim Department Head, held their annual Freshman BBQ Picnic and Club Fair on Thursday, serving hamburgers to 125 freshman animal and range sciences majors. Departmental student organizations displayed club information and encouraged participation in one or more of these groups. The event was coordinated and food was prepared by the Animal and Range Sciences Graduate Student Association (ARSGSA). The Department also recently hosted a "Welcome Back" Ice Cream Social for faculty and staff and their families. Honored guests at this event were graduate students and emeritus faculty/staff.