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Shane Ball Hired as NMSU Extension Agronomist

LAS CRUCES -- Shane Ball began working Aug. 16 as an agronomy specialist for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Ball has an extensive background in agronomy, plant breeding, statistics, soil physics and crop research. He will train county agents and others in agronomic crop production, focusing on cotton and alfalfa. He also will interpret current research for practical application.

One of Ball's goals is to visit each of the state's 33 county Extension offices to discuss growers' needs. He also plans to conduct research and produce new bulletins on sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management.

Ball comes to NMSU from Agri-Growth Research, a professional training and research company in Hollandale, Minn., where he was a field agronomist and research and marketing analyst. Before that, he was an agronomist and information systems specialist working in corn and soybeans with Asgrow Seed Company in Ames, Iowa. Ball holds a bachelor's degree in botany from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He has a master's degree in crop science from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and a doctorate in crop science from Washington State University (WSU).

Named in "Who's Who in Science and Engineering," Ball is a member of Tri Beta and Gamma Sigma Delta honorary societies. As a graduate student at NCSU, Ball won a plant breeding symposium stipend and four grants, while attending WSU.