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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.

Foster was one of the first Extension specialists to use computers as a teaching tool at NMSU. He developed a computer program for analyzing beef cattle feeding. He then assisted academic faculty instructing students to use the program.

A member of the Range Improvement Task Force since its beginning, Foster has been involved in the evaluation and settlement of many public land grazing concerns.

Each year, Foster was chairman of a planning committee for the annual Cattle Growers' Short Course. He was also the editor of the Livestock Research Briefs and Cattle Growers' Short Course proceedings.

Foster was superintendent of the Tucumcari Bull Test during his first eight years at NMSU. He also served on numerous college and university committees and the NMSU Faculty Senate.

Foster served as the state coordinator of New Mexico's Beef Quality Assurance Program. He worked with New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association and local groups to train ranchers in the proper ways to produce a safe and wholesome beef product.

He will continue to serve as superintendent of the Open Beef Department at the New Mexico State Fair, which he has done since 1981. Foster also plans to stay active in 4-H shooting sports and is a hunter safety instructor.