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Wright Hired as Extension Water Quality and Pesticide Specialist

LAS CRUCES -- Marsha Wright began work May 1 as a water quality and pesticide specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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Valdez Hired as Extension 4-H Agent in Los Alamos County

LAS CRUCES -- Carlos Valdez began work May 13 for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service as the 4-H agent in Los Alamos County.

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College Ambassadors Selected for Coming Academic Year

LAS CRUCES -- Twenty-nine students were chosen to serve as ambassadors for New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences during the next academic year.

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Mastin Hired as San Juan County Extension Home Economist for 4-H

LAS CRUCES -- Dian Mastin began work June 1 as the 4-H home economist in San Juan County for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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Copeland Hired as Rio Arriba County Extension 4-H/Agriculture Agent

LAS CRUCES -- Sandra Copeland, of Santa Rosa, began work June 1 as the 4-H/agriculture agent in Rio Arriba County at Los Ojos for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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Texas Declared Grand Champion in the New Mexico/Texas Chile War

LAS CRUCES -- They've been waiting for their turn for three years, and this year it finally happened. Texas defeated New Mexico as the overall grand champion at the New Mexico/Texas Chile War held Memorial Day weekend in Las Cruces.

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Winners Announced for 1996 Passive Solar Home Design Competition

LAS CRUCES -- Architectural drafting students from high schools and universities across New Mexico began the arduous task of designing an efficient passive solar home in fall 1995. The hours spent planning, drawing and re-drawing have paid off for 13 students in the 1996 Passive Solar Home Design Competition.

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Fire-retardant Plants Can Help Protect Homes

ALBUQUERQUE -- Landscaping can be part of a fire prevention strategy for homeowners who live in New Mexico's forests or rangelands, said a New Mexico State University horticulturist.

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Record-setting Fire Danger a Threat to Forest Homeowners

RUIDOSO -- Blazing red signs on the roads near the Lincoln National Forest tell the story in New Mexico this summer: Fire danger extreme.

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Drought Conditions Complicate Range Management

LAS CRUCES -- Drought conditions could complicate ranchers' efforts to manage locoweed and mesquite this year, said a New Mexico State University range brush and weed specialist.

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NMSU Farmington Nightshade Research Gives Pinto Beans a Fighting Chance

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- A New Mexico State University nightshade research project in San Juan County is helping pinto bean growers hold their own against the annual weed that used to infiltrate and overtake their fields.

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Tent Caterpillars Defoliate Aspen

LAS CRUCES -- A leaf-eating caterpillar has defoliated thousands of acres of aspens in the Santa Fe national forest and may kill a number of the trees, said a New Mexico State University forest entomologist.

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Research Helping Farmers Plan Future of Erosion-prone Land

LAS CRUCES -- In parched eastern New Mexico, fields planted in perennial grasses looked better than the wheat this spring. The flat stretches of yellowed grass were among the state's 400,000 acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, a federal effort to fight erosion on highly erodible land.

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Biosolid Compost Fights Disease in Greenhouse Experiment

ALBUQUERQUE -- One of the easiest ways to improve your garden soil is by adding compost. A recent New Mexico State University study shows that compost made from biosolids (sludge) and landscaping wood wastes also can act as a natural fungicide.

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Plant Crops Now for Fall Harvest

LAS CRUCES -- Hot, dry winds turned cauliflower curds purple and broccoli bitter in New Mexico gardens this spring. But gardeners can still reap sweet success by planting crops for harvest in the fall.

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Ditch Cleaning Demonstration Set

LAS CRUCES -- Jornada Resource Conservation and Development Council will host a mechanical ditch cleaning demonstration June 26 at 10 a.m. on Harper Road in Las Cruces.

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Beef Efficiency Forum Planned

LAS CRUCES -- Beef cattle producers can learn about beef production practices in a depressed cattle market during the fourth annual Southwest Beef Efficiency Enhancement Forum (BEEF), Aug. 22-23 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

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State 4-H Conference Set for July

LAS CRUCES -- A kaleidoscope of activities from livestock judging to surfing the internet will be offered for teens at the 73rd annual State 4-H Conference July 15-18 in Las Cruces.

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NMSU's Cotton Breeding Program Named One of the Most Influential in Nation

LAS CRUCES -- In cotton's family tree, New Mexico State University's Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) has some strong roots -- almost half the new upland varieties trace back to the program.

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Humid Days Mean Time is Ripe for Powdery Mildew in Chile

LAS CRUCES -- After recent stretches of humid weather, chile growers should protect their crops from a disease called powdery mildew, a New Mexico State University plant pathologist said.

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Bishop Hired as Extension 4-H Home Economist in Lea County

LAS CRUCES -- Mary Bishop, of Shallowater, Texas, began work June 19 as the 4-H home economist in Lea County for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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"Marketing on the Internet" Theme for July 24 Videoconference

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexicans can learn more about using the internet to market products, services and even communities at a July 24 videoconference shown at sites across the state.

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Avant Hired as Assistant No contact

LAS CRUCES -- Sandra Avant began work June 24 as an assistant editor with New Mexico State University's agricultural communications department.

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Kirksey Receives Berg Fellowship Award

LAS CRUCES -- Rex Kirksey received the Soil and Water Conservation Society's Berg Fellowship Award for conservation leaders at their annual conference in Keystone, Colo., July 10.

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Becker Receives 4-H Youth at Risk Award for Teen Get-Away

LAS CRUCES -- Kimberly Becker, 4-H agriculture agent with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, saw a need to reach troubled youth in Sandoval County who were just beginning to become involved in gang-like activities. Now the National 4-H Council is recognizing her success in filling that need with the Teen Get-Away program.

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Sanford Schemnitz, NMSU Wildlife Professor, Retires

LAS CRUCES -- Sanford Schemnitz, professor in New Mexico State University's fishery and wildlife sciences department, will retire August 1, after 21 years with the university.

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James Dean Retires from NMSU

LAS CRUCES -- James Dean, associate professor of agricultural and Extension education, is retiring August 1, after 21 years of teaching at New Mexico State University.

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Head of NMSU Fishery and Wildlife Sciences Department Retires

LAS CRUCES -- Charles Davis, professor and head of New Mexico State University's fishery and wildlife sciences department, will retire August 1 after almost 30 years with the university. He became head of the department, in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences , in October 1982, after serving as acting head for 15 months.

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NMSU Horticulture Professor Honored by National Society

LAS CRUCES -- Joe Corgan, agronomy and horticulture professor at New Mexico State University, has been named a Fellow in the American Society for Horticultural Science.

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Registration Information Provided for Beef Efficiency Enhancement Forum

TUCUMCARI -- Beef cattle producers can learn about breeding and managing cattle for profit during the fourth annual Southwest Beef Efficiency Enhancement Forum, Aug. 22-23 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

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