Agricultural and Extension Education
Archived Reports from 2014 - 2018
Dean Miriam Chaiken and graduate assistants Yael Cano-Gonzalez and Ana Cardenas met with the faculty of the AXED Department to discuss ways to create an honors track for undergraduates in their program, which may include the Master's Accelerated Program component. We are in the process of developing Honors and MAP tracks for majors across the university, and publicizing these to help students understand the range of options available to them.
The AXED and PES Departments combined forces to help East Picacho Elementary school students learn about soils, erosion, and rocks. About 85 second graders got a chance to get their hands dirty during a field trip to the Zuhl Museum and windmill technology area on the west side of NMSU campus. Faculty and grad students from both departments set up learning stations where the kids could look through a microscope to see nematodes and other soil fauna, practice soil texture-by-feel, identify rocks and see how compost is made. Other lessons included the filtering properties of soil, how covering a soil helps reduce erosion, and what kind of products come from soil. The highlight was getting a personalized tour through the new Zuhl Museum.
FFA members showed off why they believe in the future of agriculture during the District VI FFA Leadership Development Contest hosted by the AXED department. The FFA is a student organization associated with middle and high school agriculture education classes. Over 50 FFA members from southwestern New Mexico competed in FFA creed speaking, prepared public speaking, extemporaneous public speaking, employment skills, and FFA quiz contests. Several AXED faculty and students throughout the college of ACES pitched in to help judge events and work to talk with FFA members about being a student at NMSU. This event allowed potential students to have positive interactions with faculty and students, while developing their talents in various leadership areas.
Lauren Schlolhauer, a sophomore in AXED, received 2nd place in the College Aggies Online Competition, organized by the Animal Ag Alliance, an organization based in Washington, DC, working on behalf of animal Agriculture. The competition is open to all college students with an interest in agriculture. There were more than 1,043 total participants in this year's program, from 35 states and 58 colleges and universities. Lauren is one of three winners of a scholarship during this competition.
Samantha Fisher, an agricultural education major, has been selected for the Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The $750 scholarship is awarded to upper level agricultural education majors to help offset expenses during their student teaching experience. Samantha was selected based on her academic performance as well as on leadership and service activities. The funding for the NAAE Upper Division Scholarship program comes from National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning and donations by NAAE members. NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its' nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage, and extensive awards and recognition programs. The mission of NAAE is "professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service."
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.
Dr. Steve Loring, Associate Director of Agricultural Experiment Station, attended the Western Rural Development Center's annual Board of Directors meeting in Albuquerque. The Western Rural Development Center is a regional catalyst for capacity building in the West. The Center collaborates with its public and private sector partners to promote excellence in research, education and Extension for the prosperity of western rural communities by sharing scientific discovery and application of sustainable practices with rural citizens via conferences, trainings, Web 2.0, and publications. The Center aims to help rural communities prosper, thrive economically, and become self-sustaining. During the meeting Edmond Gomez, Director for Extension's Rural Agricultural Improvement & Public Affairs Project, talked about the history of New Mexico, and John Garlisch, Extension Ag Agent in Bernalillo County, conducted a tour of Albuquerque community gardens.
FFA. Whether it's studying plants in the field or completing a practicum indoors, FFA members have been hard at work showcasing their knowledge and skills. What better place to do so than the home of the Aggies at New Mexico State University! They flooded NMSU and the city of Las Cruces with their blue and gold, and have shown the pride and professionalism that is integral to the FFA organization. We are proud of the hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm that each member brings to this event. The 2014 New Mexico FFA State Career Development by the numbers:1,600 Kids competed, 417 teams, 63 chapters, 21 events. Having these kids come and compete on campus is a recruiting tool for all NMSU colleges.
Tom Dormody has returned to ACES department of Agricultural Extension Education (AXED) from his two year work in Costa Rica where he served as the Dean of the Graduate School at The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) under a collaborative agreement between NMSU and CATIE. Tom has resumed his teaching load teaching AXED 201G general education communications course as well as AXED 400/500 Diffusions and Adoption of Agricultural Innovations. We are happy that he is back and teaching these valuable courses for NMSU.