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NMSU's College of ACES honors faculty, staff, community members for contribution to agriculture

Faculty and staff with New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, as well as some community members, were honored recently for making a contribution to agriculture in the state.


Anna Lyles, with the Mesilla Valley Maze, received the New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award, and her husband, Steve Lyles, of Lyles Family Farms, received the Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction award.

Scott Shafer, who serves on the advisory board for the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, was awarded the Fabian Garcia Founders' Award of Excellence.

Sabine Green, senior program specialist with the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, was honored with the Charles Tharp Farms Distinguished Service Award.

Geno A. Picchioni, a professor with Plant and Environmental Sciences, received the Mobley Family Endowed Distinguished Research Award.

Valerie Pipkin, administrative assistant with the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, received the Malone Farms Endowed Distinguished Staff Award.

Ian Ray, a professor with Plant and Environmental Sciences, was given the Kringle the Cat Distinguished Teaching Award.

Alice Villa, human resources representative with Business and Resource Planning, received the Distinguished Staff Award On-Campus.

Joby Priest, farm ranch manager with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, was awarded the Distinguished Professional Staff On-Campus award.

Margaret West, an agricultural research assistant with the Agricultural Science Center at Farmington, received the Distinguished Professional Staff Off-Campus award.

Mark Marsalis, Extension specialist with the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, was given the Distinguished Extension Award.

Kathy Landers, director of the county program with the McKinley County Cooperative Extension Service, received the Distinguished County Agent Award.

Chris Cramer, a professor with Plant and Environmental Sciences, was given the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award.

4-H agent Christina Turner, with the Santa Fe County Extension office, was awarded the Outstanding 4-H Agent award.

John Allen, Teresa Dean, Tom Dean, Kelly Fitterer, Elia Galindo, Amanda Good, Cindy Grooms, Kim Hand, Frank Hodnett, Eva Madrid, Karim Martinez, Rick Richardson and Mindy Turner received the Team Award for Military Kids Camp.

Cassidy Cordova, John Garlisch, Nicole Lujan, Steve Lucero, Elliott Sachse, Patrick Torres, Christina Turner, Michelle Watson and Amelia White received the Team Award for RiverXchange Commercial Uses of Water: "Agriculture."

Linda Newberry was given the Family and Consumer Science Industry Leadership Award.

David Hicks, general manager of the Las Cruces Convention Center at Global Spectrum; and Max and Linda Myers, who are members of the school advisory board for Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management; received the HRTM Industry Leadership Award.

Educational instructor Rod Savage was named the Outstanding Agriculture Teacher.

Anna Fay Davis, executive director of the New Mexico Horse Breeders Association, was given the Extension Advocate award.

Patrick Kircher, agricultural agent for the Roosevelt County Extension office, received the County Faculty Award.

Rossana Sallenave, an assistant professor with Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources, received the New Specialist Award.

Linda Schulz, an Extension specialist for 4-H Youth Development, was given the Distinguished Service Award.