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Staten's Legacy Lives on at NMSU

LAS CRUCES--The late Glen Staten, former New Mexico State University professor and cotton breeder, was known for the quality and yield of the cotton breeding lines he produced. His legacy will live on in breeding programs throughout the world.


Staten died Feb. 28 at age 92 in Las Cruces. He worked at NMSU for 38 years.

In the early 1950s, Staten became head of NMSU's Acala cotton breeding program. He played a key role in developing New Mexico Acala 1517 cotton and in maintaining and improving its superior quality. Varieties released under his direction represent significant advances in yield, disease tolerance, fiber quality and harvesting efficiency.

In a recent study, almost half the new upland cotton varieties in the United States traced back to NMSU's breeding program. It is estimated that Staten's work and research efforts have produced 100 million bales of high-quality cotton.

Staten also started New Mexico's alfalfa breeding program and developed the first alfalfa variety in the United States with resistance to fusarium wilt. He organized and sponsored the first Agronomy Club at NMSU and helped build a strong agronomy curriculum.

In 1998, he was named an honorary member of the Sam Steel Society of NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Staten received the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Crop Improvement Association on 1995 and the 1997 Cotton Genetics Research Award.

The Staten Fund has been established in Staten's memory. Those wishing to donate may make checks payable to NMSU-Glen Staten Fund care of James Fisher with the agronomy and horticulture department at New Mexico State University.