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In New Mexico's Growing Chile Industry, Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Bright

LAS CRUCES -- If some of New Mexico's red chile peppers look a little different this year, blame it on a growing demand for chile products, fueled by hot sauce lovers back East.

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Alfalfa Crop Unharmed by Early Frost

LAS CRUCES -- Early freezing temperatures should not affect the state's alfalfa crop, according to a New Mexico State University agronomist.

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Mixed News for Nut Growers: Pecan Yields Down, Quality High

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico's pecan harvest will be earlier, smaller and higher quality this year, a New Mexico State University horticulturist said.

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NMSU Onion Breeder Retires after 36 Years

LAS CRUCES -- Joe Corgan, professor of agronomy and horticulture at New Mexico State University, retired Oct. 31 after 36 years of service.

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Warren Retires from San Juan County Extension

LAS CRUCES -- Margaret (Peggy) Warren, San Juan County program director and Extension home economist, retired Oct. 31 after 30 years of service with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

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Ward, Extension Entomologist Retires

LAS CRUCES -- Charles Ward, professor of entomology and pest management specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, retired on Oct. 31 after 20 years of service.

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Garden Web Site Serves Students Fun Facts about Food, Plants

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico kids can learn about pizza, chocolate and potatoes in an electronic history class, starting this week. They can spend time digging up plants, either outdoors or indoors, on their computers. They also can become electronic pen pals with Virginia students.

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National Farmers' Direct Marketing Conference Comes to the Southwest Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 1997

ALBUQUERQUE -- Agricultural tours, business and marketing seminars, farmers' market festival planning and taste tests of Southwestern cuisine will all be on the agenda at the 1997 North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Conference Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 in Albuquerque.

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Corn Leaves Legacy on Holiday Plates

LAS CRUCES -- Hundreds of years before turkey and pumpkin pie, foods like piki bread, atole and chaquegue were centerpieces for holiday dinners. Today, tamales and posole spice up special occasions in the Southwest.

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State's Onion Industry Reeks of Success

LAS CRUCES -- Onions may lack the tradition of wheat or the mystique of chile, but they are a growing crop in New Mexico. The state has gained ground nationally in onion production over the last 15 years, said Joe Corgan, onion breeder with New Mexico State University's Agricultural Experiment Station.

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New Mexicans Have High Incidence Of Diabetes

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexicans have a high incidence of diabetes, but residents still aren't taking steps to find out if they have the disease, said a New Mexico State University dietitian.

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NMSU Prepares Students for Vet School

LAS CRUCES -- Horses, and cows and dogs, oh my!

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NMSU Horticulturist Keeps Pecan Growers Informed

LAS CRUCES -- Pecan growers in the western United States and northern Mexico are facing a decline in crop production this year. Growers from both sides of the border met recently to open the lines of communication and to discuss their concerns about this year's crop, marketing trends and orchard management practices.

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NMSU Chile Harvest Produces Tons of Research

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexicans have hauled home sacks of roasted green chile from the best harvest in 10 years. They've decorated their homes with new, bright red ristras. For many, the state's most famous crop is done for another season -- the only concern is whether the stash of frozen, canned and dried chile will last until next year.

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Ashcroft Hired as NMSU Range Specialist

LAS CRUCES -- Nicholas Ashcroft began work Nov. 1 as a Cooperative Extension Service specialist with New Mexico State University's Range Improvement Task Force.

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Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner A Step Toward Independent Living

LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- A Thanksgiving spread of turkey, pumpkin pie, fruit salad and other trimmings represents more than a meal for one Las Vegas man named Steven.

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Buy New Mexican for the Holidays

LAS CRUCES -- In New Mexico, you don't have to travel far to find unique gifts for the holidays. The local grocery store or farmers' market can provide a bounty of gift ideas using New Mexico products.

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Holiday Shopping on the Internet: Sensible and Safe

LAS CRUCES -- If your holiday shopping list includes antiques, brand-name clothing, gift tins of nuts, or green chile peanut butter, you can find it all on the internet.

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Feeding the Family: Plan Ahead for a Less Stressful December

LAS CRUCES -- As the holidays approach and families are busy shopping, decorating, and untangling strings of lights, daily meals can get lost in the shuffle. Taking time for planning can make sitting down to good meals a little easier in December, said a New Mexico State University nutrition specialist.

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Where Will We Spend the Holidays? Help for Negotiating Family Visits

LAS CRUCES -- Santa's magical ability to visit everyone on Christmas Eve would come in handy for harried families deciding where to spend the holidays.

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Get a Head Start on Gift Shopping While Relaxing at Home

LAS CRUCES -- Holiday shoppers who want to avoid crowds, long lines, sore feet and parking space competitors can buy gifts from the comfort of their home this year.

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Alternative Places to Shop for Gifts

LAS CRUCES -- Think post offices are only for mailing letters and packages? Think again. The perfect gift for that special person may be just a stamp away.

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Pecan Show Call for Entries

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico pecan growers can enter their prize produce in the pecan show held during the Western Pecan Growers' Association conference March 9-11 in Las Cruces.

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NMSU Hosts Forum to Promote Urban High School Agriculture

LAS CRUCES -- With population increasing in urban areas, today's teens are becoming more removed from agriculture. To help introduce agricultural studies into urban high schools, New Mexico State University is hosting the Forum on Agricultural Education in Urban Schools, Jan. 9-11 in Las Cruces.

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Benavidez Received Achievement Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rudy Benavidez, Sandoval County Extension program director and agriculture agent, recently received an achievement award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at a reception in Nashville, Tenn.

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Ruiloba Hired as Media Specialist with NMSU's Ag Communications

LAS CRUCES -- Arturo Ruiloba III began work Dec. 2 as media specialist with New Mexico State University's agricultural communications department.

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Bachman Hired as NMSU's Food Stamp Program Coordinator

LAS CRUCES -- Katherine (Kari) Bachman, of Las Cruces, began work Dec. 6 as the coordinator of New Mexico State University's Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program.

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Watson Hired as NMSU Economic Development Coordinator

LAS CRUCES -- Karen A. Watson began work Dec. 2 as economic development coordinator for the Rural Economic Development through Tourism (REDITT) project with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service

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Mora Scientists Celebrate Benefits of Christmas Trees

MORA -- Besides sprucing up the holidays, New Mexico's Christmas trees can make for healthier forest lands and a more robust rural economy. That's why visions of firs and spruces are always dancing in the heads of scientists at New Mexico State University's Mora Research Center.

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Faces of Today's Aggies Reflect Changing Makeup of NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

LAS CRUCES -- The graduates' faces tell the story. Profiling a typical student from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University isn't as straightforward as it was 40 years ago, when Pistol Pete exemplified the student body of mostly male, rural New Mexicans.

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