Writer: D'Lyn Ford
ALBUQUERQUE - Catherine A. Rogers is leading 4-H programs in Colfax County for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.
She coordinates countywide 4-H programs and events, such as livestock exhibits for the county fair and shooting sports competitions for the county and district. She hopes to increase youth participation in 4-H by organizing new clubs in unserved locations such as Angel Fire, Eagle Nest and the New Mexico Boys School in Springer.
"Currently only about 100 kids here in Colfax County are active in 4-H," Rogers said. "One of my goals is to double enrollment and participation."
A native of Liberty, Texas, Rogers grew up riding horses on her grandfather's ranch in southeast Texas. She worked for three summers-in 1993, 1994 and 1999-as a horseman and wrangler at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron and fell in love with Colfax County.
"I grew up near the Gulf of Mexico where it's flat, hot and humid, so I'm thrilled by the opportunity to live and work here, where there are mountains, dry, cool summers and laid-back, friendly people," Rogers said.
Rogers earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas Tech University and a master's degree in animal science from NMSU.
As an undergraduate in Lubbock, she worked as an assistant analyst at A&L Plains Agricultural Labs from 1997 to 1999, where she helped test water for livestock and crops, and as an administrative assistant with the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1999 to 2000. After graduating from Texas Tech in 2000, Rogers began her master's degree studies in Las Cruces.
At NMSU, she worked as a research assistant, evaluating conception rates in dairy heifers using proper semen handling techniques and studying the effects of additional feeding on carcass characteristics and antibiotic residues in cows given antibiotics for illnesses. Rogers assisted professors with undergraduate classes and had opportunities to help with the horse judging program and equitation classes.
"I'm excited to be a part of the New Mexico 4-H program and hope to be an influence on the lives of current and future Colfax County 4-H members," Rogers said.
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