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Kellogg Project Helps Rural Families

LAS CRUCES -- Farming and ranching in north central New Mexico hasn't been easy lately. High altitudes make for short growing seasons. Years of subdivision have left behind small parcels of farmland that often can't sustain the region's families, and development and soaring land prices have made it hard for some operations to continue.

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Home-Based Enterprises at Heart of Business Trend

CLOVIS -- For Sharon Stone of Clovis, home is where the business is. Her spinning and knitting enterprises stretch from the yard, where a lamb named Cardigan roams, to the front room, which serves as a shop for yarns, supplies and handmade garments.

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NMSU Computer Software Makes Quick Work of Bug Samples

LAS CRUCES -- Counting and identifying thousands of insects from farmer's fields used to be a job for entomology research assistants. But with today's modern technology, computer analysts like Shaun Meeks are finding their niche in the bug lab as well.

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Storm Damages Research Crops at Clovis Agricultural Science Center

LAS CRUCES -- The cotton turned black. The corn turned white. The green beans are gone, and the forage sorghum is in shreds.

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Women's Money Management Workshops Scheduled in October, November

LAS CRUCES -- Whether you have a little or a lot, small changes in how you manage your money can add up to big changes in your bank account and your lifestyle. A seven-week money management program for women will help participants plan for their financial future.

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New Guidelines Help Mediators Handle Grazing Permit Disputes

LAS CRUCES -- The New Mexico Agricultural Mediation Program is now better prepared to handle grazing fee disputes between the Forest Service and ranchers.

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Control Unwanted Juniper Trees

LAS CRUCES -- To many New Mexicans, juniper trees are attractive and desirable plants. They are used for windbreaks and fire wood and provide protective cover for wildlife and livestock.

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ATV-Mounted Sprayers Useful for Brush Control

LAS CRUCES -- Selective ground spraying of noxious brush and weeds is regaining popularity with many New Mexico ranchers. Fueling this revival is the increased use of four-wheel all-terrain vehicles, ATVs, for ranch purposes.

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Ag College Enrollment Continues to Climb

LAS CRUCES -- Declining enrollment at New Mexico State University continues to be bucked by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . Undergraduate enrollment in the college climbed nearly 4 percent, to 1,320 students, even while the university as a whole suffered its third straight fall enrollment decline.

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Inmates Work Off Sentences in Clovis Community Garden

CLOVIS -- For most people, gardening provides a chance to spend some quality quiet time outdoors. That's especially true for a group of Curry County jail inmates working off part of their sentences in a community garden south of Clovis.

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New Cotton Variety to be Showcased at Field Day

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico cotton growers will get a look at a new cotton variety during a field day at the Leyendecker Plant Science Center near Las Cruces, Oct. 11.

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Rosencrans Hired as NMSU Assistant Professor in Ag Education

LAS CRUCES -- Carlos Rosencrans Jr. began work Aug. 5 as an assistant professor for New Mexico State University's agricultural and Extension education department.

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Castillo Hired as State FFA Executive Secretary

LAS CRUCES -- Saundra Castillo began work recently with New Mexico State University's agricultural and Extension education department as the executive secretary of the New Mexico FFA Association.

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Bond Issue B Contains Agricultural Funding

LAS CRUCES -- Bond Issue B on the Nov. 5 ballot contains $9.4 million for an agricultural research, teaching and Cooperative Extension Service building at New Mexico State University.

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Smell of Garlic has Gardeners Anticipating Fall Planting

LAS CRUCES -- When it comes to growing garlic, New Mexico may not be number one, but there are enough garlic lovers in the state to welcome the fall planting season.

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Time for Gardeners to Give Soil a Boost

LAS CRUCES -- Gardeners, who are preparing to harvest their last crop before the first frost, should also start cleaning vines and weeds and revitalize hard and worn-out soil, said a horticulture specialist with New Mexico State University.

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Gonzalez to Lead Academic Programs at NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

LAS CRUCES -- I. Miley Gonzalez has been promoted to associate dean and director for academic programs at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences .

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Reducing the Risk of Bee Attacks

LAS CRUCES -- Fall is not the only thing in the air. A series of bee stingings, both European and Africanized, may have some New Mexicans wondering how to protect themselves.

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Sept.'s Africanized Bee Stats: Two Hurt, Sixth County Added to List

LAS CRUCES -- In a rash of bee attacks this month, two men were hospitalized, several pets died and Africanized honeybees were confirmed in a sixth New Mexico county.

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Young Quilters Sewing Up Service Project

CLOVIS -- With every strip of fabric, each seam and every stitch, young quilters from Curry County are learning community spirit as well as sewing skills.

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