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Artesia Science Center Superintendent to Retire

LAS CRUCES--Carl Barnes, superintendent of New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, will retire Jan. 29, after almost 34 years of service.


Barnes, a Clovis native, began working for NMSU in March 1965 as an assistant professor of agronomy at the former Southeastern Branch Experiment Station in Artesia. He was named superintendent of the center in 1968.

"I have enjoyed working with the people in the area and the state and am looking forward to continuing those associations," Barnes said.

Most of his research has been in cotton production. Barnes was the primary contributor in the release of one cotton variety and secondary contributor in the release of seven others. He also worked with small grains, releasing a winter barley variety called Peņasco, and has studied alfalfa, corn, sorghum and numerous other crops.

Before coming to NMSU, Barnes was an assistant professor of agronomy at Colorado State University and a research assistant at Kansas State University.

Barnes received his bachelor's degree in crop science in 1959 and his master's degree in plant breeding in 1960, both from NMSU.

The changes that NMSU has gone through have been amazing to watch, he said. "There have been tremendous changes, and it has been fun to be a part of it."

After retirement, Barnes and his family plan to remain in Artesia. He plans to "play a little more golf, do more woodworking, continue to follow his grandsons' sports and other social activities."