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NMSU Steer Wrestler Leads National College Standings

LAS CRUCES -- At the rodeo, steer wrestler C.J. Aragon stands out for two reasons. At 5 feet 9 inches tall and 175 pounds, the New Mexico State University rodeo team member is about six inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter than the typical bulldogger. He's also faster, leading the national collegiate standings with one regular rodeo season to go.

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Hutchins Hired as Extension 4-H Agent

LAS CRUCES - - Juli Hutchins began work Feb. 24 as the 4-H agent for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in Valencia County. She will work to expand youth development and leadership programs for 4-H members.

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Best Time for White Bass Fishing Just Around the Corner

LAS CRUCES -- Anglers may start putting up their "gone fishing" signs soon and head for rivers, lakes and reservoirs as the peak season to catch white bass nears in New Mexico.

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Specialty Crop and Livestock Conference Set April 27 in Santa Fe

LAS CRUCES -- Raising and marketing specialty crops from raspberries to rheas will be the theme of a conference April 27 in Santa Fe.

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Eight NMSU Riders Qualify for Nationals

LAS CRUCES -- Eight members of New Mexico State University's Equestrian Team qualified for national competition at the Zone 7 individual championship competition held March 28-29 in College Station, Texas.

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Pine Tip Moth Monitoring Begins

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service will monitor the Nantucket pine tip moth population in Albuquerque and Santa Fe this spring to determine critical control times to prevent insect damage to ponderosa and other ornamental pines.

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Conference to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of El Camino Real

LAS CRUCES -- Four hundred years ago, Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oņate led an expedition along what's known today as El Camino Real. New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project will sponsor a Heritage Tourism Conference to celebrate four centuries of travel April 20-21 in Truth or Consequences.

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Prescribed Burning Not Best Solution for Snakeweed Control in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES -- Fire may be a good way to get rid of weeds on Texas and Oklahoma rangelands, but a New Mexico State University range scientist said the control method is not so hot for dealing with broom snakeweed in New Mexico.

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Block Party in Sunland Park Set for Saturday

LAS CRUCES -- A block party Saturday in Sunland Park will offer fun, free food and family activities sponsored by a number of community organizations. Activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Sunland Park City Hall, 3800 McNutt Road, include dunking booths, basketball tosses and free hot dogs and soft drinks.

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Rating System Helps Cotton Growers Figure Risk of Seedling Diseases

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico's cotton growers can use a rating system from the National Cotton Council to figure their risk of yield-lowering seedling diseases and decide whether fungicides are needed at planting.

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Seminar to Help New Mexico Attract More Tour Buses

LAS CRUCES -- Studies show that a bus filled with tourists can add more than $6,500 to a community's economy in one day. New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project and the Ruidoso Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau will sponsor a group tour marketing seminar May 4 at the convention center in Ruidoso.

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Microclimates Affect Gardens in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES -- Besides checking the map of growing zones, New Mexico gardeners need to know about microclimates, which cause gardens a few miles apart to produce very different vegetables.

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NMSU Flower Power: Horticulture Students Design, Judge Floral Crops in South Dakota

LAS CRUCES -- Horticulture students from New Mexico State University had little time to stop and smell the flowers earlier this month at the Floral Crops Quality Evaluation and Design Competition in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Outstanding Students Named at NMSU

LAS CRUCES - Outstanding students were named during the 1998 Awards Day ceremony April 24 at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . Rebecca Bayang of Gallup was named the Outstanding Student in Home Economics and Hayley Melloy of Corrales was named Outstanding Student in Agriculture.

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Diabetes Network Looking for New Members

LAS CRUCES - Northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County ranks second statewide in diabetes -related deaths. Educators and health professionals in Espanola and the surrounding area have recognized the need to teach county residents about diabetes prevention.

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Three New Mexicans Honored at NMSU Awards Day

LAS CRUCES - Three New Mexicans were honored for their contributions to the agricultural industry April 24 by New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . State Sen. Tim Jennings received the New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award, Bob Jones received the Leyendecker Agriculturalist of Distinction Award and Harold Cousland, editor of the Las Cruces Sun-News received the TDA Cockrell Award.

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Barnes Receives Award From NMSU

LAS CRUCES -- Carl Barnes of Artesia was the awarded the Distinguished Service Award from New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences during an annual Awards Day ceremony April 24.

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105 Years After His Death, Sam Steel Awarded NMSU Degree

LAS CRUCES -- One hundred and five years after he was scheduled to be the first graduate of a college in the New Mexico Territory, a bachelor's degree will be conferred upon Samuel Steel.

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NMSU Animal Scientist Studies Cattle That Thrive in Southwest

LAS CRUCES -- Calling all efficient cattle.

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Compost, Gels Help Conserve Moisture in New Mexico Gardens

LAS CRUCES -- El Niņo year or not, New Mexicans should look for ways to conserve water in their gardens, such as using compost and water-holding gels.

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