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Road map? Check. Luggage? Check. Bottled water? Check. New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Home Economics are getting ready for a statewide road trip. Their goal is to meet people in every corner of the state and ask the question, "How do you think we are doing?"
"The most important resources the Extension Service has are the relationships they build with partners throughout New Mexico," said CAHE Dean Lowell Catlett. "Their voice is very important to us, and we'd like to hear their opinion."
People around the state will have a chance to meet and speak with CAHE administration, faculty and staff about their needs and priorities during six town hall meetings planned for late summer and early fall. The first town hall meeting will be Aug. 22 in Silver City and is coordinated with the help of the Grant County Extension Office.
"This is a unique opportunity for community members to share their ideas and thoughts on how we can improve delivery of extension resources," said Pete Walden, Grant County Extension Service agriculture agent and county director.
This will be the first statewide tour for CAHE and the Extension service in several years. They will focus on three main questions: What are we doing that you like? What are we doing that may be missing the mark? And, what else could we be doing?
"This will be important to help us set the future direction of the college in relation to what is important to rural communities," said Paul Gutierrez, NMSU vice provost for outreach services.
Catlett said NMSU and CAHE are committed to staying on the cutting edge in addressing both challenges and opportunities.
"NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics has a long history of addressing the research and educational needs of individuals and communities in New Mexico," he said. "We accomplish this through our teaching, research and cooperative extension service programs - our land-grant mission."
Other meetings will be held in Farmington Aug. 29, Albuquerque Aug. 30, Clayton Sept. 27, Roswell Sept. 28 and Las Cruces Nov. 1.
For more information, call Jeanine Castillo at (505) 202-8728.
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