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Barnes Receives Award From NMSU

LAS CRUCES -- Carl Barnes of Artesia was the awarded the Distinguished Service Award from New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences during an annual Awards Day ceremony April 24.

Jerry Schickedanz, the college's interim dean and chief administrative officer announced that award winners, as NMSU Interim Vice President John Owens presented them.

In 1965, Barnes began working as an assistant professor of agronomy for what was then NMSU's Southeastern Branch Experiment Station. Within three years, he was promoted to superintendent of the Agricultural Science Center at Artesia.

During his 30 year career, Barnes has studied many crops, including cotton, grains, corn, alfalfa and sorghum. He was the primary contributor in the release of one cotton variety and a secondary contributor in the release of seven more. Barnes also has studied small grains, and he released a winter barley variety called Pelasco.

Barnes served on the Artesia City Council and is a member of the Rotary Club. He also is a member of the American Society of Barnes Receives Award From NMSU Agronomy and the Western Crop Science Society.