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Landers Hired as Zuni Extension Agent

LAS CRUCES -- Kathy Landers began work Jan. 25 as the Extension agent on the Zuni Reservation for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

The Alamogordo native will coordinate both agricultural and 4-H programs at Zuni. She is currently assisting with blue corn, wheat and alfalfa experimental plots to increase production.

Landers hopes to educate growers on farming methods for alfalfa, an irrigated crop. "Most of the growers in the area use only dryland farming," Landers said. "I would like to see them become less dependent on that method."

She also wants to work with cattle and sheep producers, stressing the importance of supplemental winter feeding and vaccinations.

Landers heads a 4-H club of about 15 children. "The 4-H club here started within the last four years, and now the kids are involved in everything from public speaking to pigs, braiding, rabbits and birds," she said.

Landers worked as the temporary Zuni Extension agent since June 1995. During that time, she helped conduct home maintenance workshops, including electrical, drywall and tile repair, financial management seminars and Housing Authority programs.

Before moving to Zuni, Landers worked with NMSU's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism project where she coordinated agricultural tours in Dona Ana County and wrote a manual to help others establish similar tours. She also was a volunteer 4-H leader in Dona Ana County.

Landers received her bachelor's degree in journalism from NMSU in 1991, and her master's in agricultural and extension education from NMSU in 1993.