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New NMSU Chancellor to speak at Clovis Field Day Aug. 9

Participants in an upcoming field day will have a chance to meet Dan Arvizu, the new chancellor, and John Floros, the new president, of New Mexico State University.

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Dan Arvizu, new chancellor of New Mexico State University, will be the keynote speaker at the annual field day Aug. 9 at the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. (NMSU photo)

Chancellor Arvizu will be the keynote speaker at the annual field day Thursday, Aug. 9, at the NMSU-Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.

After growing up in Alamogordo and earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NMSU in 1973, Arvizu’s career path started at Bell Labs and Sandia National Labs and eventually took him to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama repeatedly appointed him to the National Science Board.

“We are honored that both Chancellor Arvizu and President Floros could attend our field day,” said Center Superintendent Abdel Mesbah. “The purpose of this free event is to bring producers and researchers together to learn about the ongoing research at the Center, interact with each other, and share ideas and opinions about different agricultural practices. This is the perfect opportunity for producers to ask questions and get answers.”

The field day kicks off with registration and refreshments at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome address and a keynote presentation by Chancellor Arvizu at 8:45 a.m.

A trolley tour of the field plots will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and the following topics will be discussed:

– On-Farm Soil Health and Resilience. Rajan Ghimire, NMSU cropping system specialist
– Cover Crops, No till & Crop Rotation Management. Kelly Kettner, grower, Muleshoe, Texas
– Peanut Phenotyping for Drought Stress Studies. Naveen Puppala, NMSU peanut breeder
– Weed Management in Crops. Leslie Beck, NMSU-Extension weed scientist
– Sugar Cane Aphid Management. Pat Porter, TAMU-Extension entomologist
– Sustainable Silage Corn Production, Soil and Water Conservations. Sultan Begna, NMSU research scientist
– Dairy Extension Program and Industry Issues. Robert Hagevoort, NMSU Dairy Extension specialist
– Developing Guar as a Stress Tolerant, Industrial Crop. Sangu Angadi and John Idowu, NMSU crop physiologist and Extension agronomist

Lunch will be catered by Leal’s Mexican Food, thanks to sponsors.

The afternoon will be reserved for individuals or small groups interested in touring specific trials or plots.

The Agricultural Science Center is 13 miles north of Clovis on Highway 288. For additional information or directions call 575-985-2292 or email clovis@nmsu.edu.