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McWilliams Hired as Agronomist with New Mexico State University

LAS CRUCES -- Denise McWilliams brings university and private business experience in five states to her new job as an agronomy specialist for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.


A native of Canyon, Texas, McWilliams has deep agricultural roots. She started work at the Bushland, Texas, Agricultural Experiment Station at age 16. She farmed and ranched with her husband on a 3,000-acre operation in the early 1980s while earning her bachelor's degree in agronomy from Texas A&M and her master's degree in plant science from West Texas State University. She earned a doctorate in agronomy from Iowa State in 1988.

McWilliams is a strong advocate of using information technology, including the World Wide Web, to reach agricultural producers and agricultural media with information. She hopes to expand alfalfa variety trials and address needs in cotton, corn, wheat and grain sorghum.

McWilliams comes to NMSU from Fargo, N.D., where she was an Extension crop production specialist with North Dakota State University (NDSU) and the University of Minnesota. She has worked for Asgrow Seed Company, Agri-Growth Research Inc., University of Hawaii Extension and West Texas A&M University.

Recent projects she has headed include NDSU's New Technology in Agriculture Initiative and its Web retrieval system for soybeans.