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Artesia science center field day focuses on biodiesel research

ARTESIA - Visitors can learn about home and garden topics and get updates about soils, crops and biodiesel fuels during a public field day Aug. 17 at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia.

Guadalupe Carrasco
Guadalupe Carrasco is the new superintendent at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia. Visitors can participate in a guided tour of the center during a public field day Aug. 17. (NMSU photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

Visitors also will have a chance to get acquainted with the center's new superintendent - Guadalupe Carrasco - who is a native of Eddy County, graduated from NMSU and worked in the fertilizer and seed business in New Mexico and Texas.

Carrasco enjoys the process of getting the word out to growers about the research being done at the science center.

"It's research-based," he said. "It's a more reliable source of information."

Carrasco earned a bachelor's degree at NMSU in agricultural biology with a pest management option in 2000. He joined Agriliance, an agriculture chemical, seed and fertilizer business, in 2002 as an intern and in 2003 as a full-time sales representative. In 2006, he was promoted to manager.

In the meantime, Carrasco earned a master's degree in agricultural business at NMSU. He joined the science center staff in June. Carrasco and his wife, Anna, have a son, Lupe Jr. They live in Malaga.

The field day begins at 3 p.m. with registration and information booths that will include a trade show, as well as home and garden questions and answers with Curtis Smith, a Cooperative Extension Service horticulture specialist. Extension agronomist Robert Flynn will share information about soils and plant nutrition. Ron Parker, emeritus head of NMSU's Extension animal resources department, will speak about the animal identification program. Extension entomologist Carol Sutherland will have a booth on insect identification. Biodiesel demonstrations and a petting zoo also will be open to visitors.

Dinner will be provided by the Yucca Chapter of the Cowbelles.

The keynote address - "Biodiesel in Agriculture" - will be presented at 5:30 p.m. by Bill Bartlett and Doug Lynn of the Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management, a nonprofit organization dealing with technical projects, information, education, Mexico border issues, and research related to hazardous materials management. CEHMM was established in May 2004, and is located in Carlsbad.

Field tours that follow at 6 p.m. will focus on cotton yield compensation from bollworm damage, Roundup ready alfalfa, corn silage for better milk production and rosemary as a food preservative.

The Agricultural Science Center at Artesia was established in 1955. It is just south of Artesia off U.S. 285, on Four Dinkus Road.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, call Carrasco at (505) 748-1228.