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Farm Safety Involves Proper Dress and Vigilance

LAS CRUCES -- Because of summer's longer days, New Mexico's commercial growers and weekend farmers are spending more time in their fields and orchards. An increased use of heavy equipment also increases the risk of accidents for farm families, said a farm safety coordinator at New Mexico State University.

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Home Economics Students Receive Scholarships

Sheila Ann Bender and Gaylia C. Castrillo, students at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences , recently received $250 scholarships from the Dona Ana County Extension Homemakers for the fall 1995 semester.

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Snakeweed's Genetic Makeup Could be Key to Better Control Methods

LAS CRUCES - Broom snakeweed populations found in northern New Mexico have more compact architectures than the larger, more open brooms found in southern New Mexico snakeweed populations. These morphology differences translate into genetic differences that may help ranchers better control this weedy shrub that infests about 60 percent of New Mexico's rangeland.

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Expert: Despite Report, Mexican Food Can Be Healthy

LAS CRUCES- Mexican food lovers may not need to put down their forks just yet in response to a report that slammed the cuisine as too high in fat and sodium, a New Mexico State University nutritional scientist said.

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Herbicide Loses Effectiveness When Weed is Water-stressed

LAS CRUCES - Controlling Russian knapweed becomes more difficult during times of drought when the weed is water-stressed, said a New Mexico State University weed scientist.

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Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center To Hold Open House August 10

TUCUMCARI - Area growers can get an update on irrigated pasture research and see results of a Quay County hay quality study during a field day August 10 at the Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center.

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NMSU Ag Econ Professor to Testify Before House Subcommittee

LAS CRUCES - A New Mexico State University agricultural economics professor will travel to the nation's capitol next week to explain grazing fee formulas to members of the House of Representatives subcommittee on national parks, forests and lands.

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Protecting Groundwater During Water Well Servicing

LAS CRUCES -- If proper precautions are not followed, regular maintenance of windmills, turbine pumps and ther oil-lubricated water pumps can result in an oil-contaminated well, said a New Mexico State University ater quality specialist.

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NMSU Extension Specialist Retires

LAS CRUCES -- Larry Foster, Cooperative Extension Service beef cattle specialist at New Mexico State University, retired on July 31, after 21 years.

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Chile Disease Succumbs to High Temperatures

LAS CRUCES -- Hot weather has halted the spread of an incurable plant disease that most recently attacked commercial chile fields, a New Mexico State University plant pathologist said.

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Tim Darden Hired as NMSU Range Improvement Task Force Specialist

LAS CRUCES -- Tim Darden began work August 3 as a Cooperative Extension Service specialist with New Mexico State University's Range Improvement Task Force.

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Robin Mack Hired as Luna County Home Economist

LAS CRUCES -- Robin Mack began work August 7 as the Luna County home economist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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Home Ownership Seminars Set for Sept. 9, Oct. 21

DEMING -- Thinking of buying a home but don't know where to begin? Interested home buyers can pick up some pinters before they purchase by attending one of two home ownership programs Sept. 9 or Oct. 21 in Deming.

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N.M. State Fair Tours Teach Importance of Agriculture

ALBUQUERQUE -- Nearly 1,000 Albuquerque elementary school students will learn about where their food and fiber comes from during agricultural tours in September at the New Mexico State Fair.

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Chile Growers Brace for Another Disease

LAS CRUCES - A light powder on the leaves of chile plants in southern New Mexico fields is the calling card for powdery mildew, another grower's headache in an already disease plagued season, said a New Mexico State University plant pathologist.

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NMSU Students Win Animal Science Research Paper Awards

LAS CRUCES -- A New Mexico State University doctoral candidate won first place in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences ' 11th annual A. L. Neumann Scientific Paper Competition for Animal Science Graduate Students.

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Keeping Food Safe In Your Dorm Room

LAS CRUCES -- Food-borne illnesses can occur anywhere, but they may be more likely in a college dormitory room where proper food handling and storage can be difficult.

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Internet Helping Ensure Food Safety Statewide

LAS CRUCES -- When foodborne illnesses strike or food safety questions arise, experts across the state can use the internet to find answers.

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Computer Program Helps Alfalfa Growers Pick the Perfect Variety

LAS CRUCES -- With more than 500 varieties to choose from -- and more available every year -- alfalfa growers can quickly become overwhelmed. An updated version of ALFALFA CATALOG, a computer program developed at New Mexico State University, can help growers pick varieties best suited for their environmental conditions.

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How to Pick Vegetables at the Peak of Freshness

LAS CRUCES - A grocery sack of giant zucchini on your front porch is a sign the neighbors let their garden get away from them again this summer.

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N.M. Tourism Survey Shows Welcome Centers' Value

LAS CRUCES -- There's more to New Mexico than meets the eye. That's the message told to travelers at New Mexico's 10 welcome centers across the state, and early results from an ongoing survey indicate the message is working.

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Medicinal Herbs Discussed at September Events

LAS CRUCES -- Growing and using medicinal herbs will be the focus of two events to be held in Alcalde and San Lorenzo in September.

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Shane Ball Hired as NMSU Extension Agronomist

LAS CRUCES -- Shane Ball began working Aug. 16 as an agronomy specialist for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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Del Jimenez Hired as NMSU Agricultural Specialist

LAS CRUCES -- Del Jimenez began work July 27 at Alcalde, near Espanola, as an agricultural specialist for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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4-H Insect Zoo A Favorite With N.M. State Fair Visitors

ALBUQUERQUE -- The zoo's coming to town, but this one features creatures with six or more legs. The 4-H Insect Zoo opens its doors this year on Sept. 8 at the 1995 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque.

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Pumpkins Could Command Golden Prices

ALBUQUERQUE -- New Mexicans may scowl when they buy their jack o'lanterns this year. Droughts in the East and Midwest have sliced pumpkin yields up to 50 percent, pushing prices higher, said George Dickerson, horticulturist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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Field Day To Help Farmers Make Choices About Land In Conservation Reserve Program

CLOVIS -- In the next year, High Plains farmers will decide the future of hundreds of thousands of acres of land idled under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

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Teaching and Research Animals Keep NMSU's Animal Science Staff Busy

LAS CRUCES - When your research and teaching program depends on the health of nearly 2,000 head of cattle, 513 ewes, 318 lambs, 95 horses, 55 pigs and a smattering of boars, rams, sows and goats, you should expect some long days and late nights. That's the case for Bobby Rankin, New Mexico State University's animal and range sciences department head, and his crew of about 17 faculty and staff members and 14 student workers.

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NMSU Students Coming to Learn About Local Agricultural Programs

LAS CRUCES - A busload of New Mexico State University students is coming to town this week to learn more about agricultural, technical and extension education.

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West Mesa Industrial Park Plan

LAS CRUCES -- A new study from New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service is helping Las Cruces City planners find the types of industries that could work well together in a new industrial park. The Target Industry Study, a crucial component of the master plan for the West Mesa Industrial Park, was recently completed.

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