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Jul 31 2018

New NMSU President to speak at Tucumcari Field Day Aug. 9

New NMSU President to speak at

Tucumcari Field Day Aug. 9

New Mexico State University President John D. Floros will be the keynote speaker at the annual field day Aug. 9 at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

Floros brings an extensive background in agriculture to his role as president. He became dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension at Kansas State University in July 2012. During his time there, he led the development of a College of Agriculture strategic plan for Vision 2025, guided the college to record student enrollments, retention and graduation, and nearly 100 percent placement. 

As director, he steered K-State Research and Extension to record extramural funding, with research expenditures of more than $105 million. 

Under his leadership the College of Agriculture established the first ever NSF-supported Center on Wheat Genomics; and four new Feed-the-Future Labs from USAID on wheat, sorghum and millet, postharvest loss reduction, and sustainable intensification, for a total investment of more than $100 million in five years.

Floros’ research work spans the application of chemical engineering science, applied mathematics and industrial statistics to the field of food science, food process engineering and food packaging.

Floros served as professor and head of the department of food science at Pennsylvania State University from 2000-2012. He also served as a professor at Purdue University from 1988-2000 and worked as an international industry consultant for more than 30 years. He earned his Ph.D. in food science and technology from the University of Georgia. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in food science and technology from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. Floros is a native of Greece.

“We’re excited that President Floros could participate in our field day so soon after coming to NMSU in July. The experiences of his prior career should be of great benefit to the university as well as the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,” said Leonard Lauriault, superintendent of the Science Center at Tucumcari.

NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu also is scheduled to attend.

Floros’ keynote presentation and a welcome for participants will start at 5:30 p.m., followed at 5:45 p.m. by a dinner catered by Tucumcari 4-H Roadrunners and sponsored by local businesses.

A hay wagon tour will start at 6:45 p.m. Participants will hear various presentations from center experts and others on a variety of topics, including:

– Salt Cedar Beetle update from Carol Sutherland, NMSU Extension entomologist
– Quay County Beginning Farmers Land Access and Mentorship from Jason Lamb, NMSU Quay County Extension agriculture agent
– Managing Weeds from Leslie Beck, NMSU Extension weed specialist
– Candidate Summer Annual Forage Legumes from Leonard Lauriault, NMSU forage crop management scientist
– Opportune Cropping from Murali Darapuneni, NMSU semi-arid cropping systems scientist
– Demonstration of Soil Moisture Sampling for Research from Gasper Martinez, agricultural research assistant at the science center.

A special afternoon program will precede the field day at 2:30 p.m. Participants will hear an Entomology Update for Quay County Producers from Sutherland and Observations of the Efficacy of Sharpen for Plantain Control in Dormant Season Alfalfa from Beck. Participants may receive two pesticide CEUs for their attendance.

The science center is three miles northeast of Tucumcari on Highway 54. For additional information or directions, contact the center at 575-461-1620 or tucumcar@nmsu.edu.

 

Jul 26 2018

Corn Named Sheepman of the Year

Mike Corn Named Sheepman of the Year

Mike Corn, Roswell, was named the New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. (NMWGI) 2018 Sheepman of the Year at the association’s recent annual meeting in Ruidoso. 

“Mike Corn is a great advocate for the sheep industry, both here in New Mexico and on the national level,” said his son Bronson Corn, NMWGI President, Roswell.  “He is an eternal optimist when it comes to the sheep business, and works hard to protect and promote our industry and way of life.  He is a rancher, sheepman, and a family man, and we are proud to have this opportunity to say thank you.”

The Corn family has been ranching in the Roswell area for over 135 years.  A fourth-generation sheep producer, Corn raises white-faced, fine-wool sheep – along with cattle and goats – on his family ranches, which he operates with his son, Bronson.  Corn also co-owns and manages Roswell Wool Warehouse, marketing wool for sheep producers across the West. Roswell Wool is now the largest wool warehouse by volume in the United States and recently opened a second facility in Long Beach, Calif.

Corn is an active member and past president of the NMWGI and is currently serving as President of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), the national organization that represents sheep producers.e     He is also active in the Chaves County Farm and Livestock Bureau, the New Mexico Hereford Association, the Chaves County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Corn is also an active member and serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.

Corn and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Bronson and his wife Barbara, who live and work on the family ranch near Roswell with their children Garrett and Madison; Jessica and her husband, Craig, who live in Canadian, Texas, with their children Connor, Creed and Courtney; and Jenny, who lives with her husband Travis and their two sons Tripp and Tucker in Gladstone, New Mexico.

The NMWGI is the trade organization that has represented New Mexico’s sheep industry for well over 100 years. Established in 1902, it is the oldest agricultural organization in the state. For more information, please visit www.nmagriculture.org.

Jul 10 2018

’18 Scholarship & Showmanship

Purina Mills’ Scholarship Deadline & Showmanship Contest Rapidly Approaching

November 5, 2018, is the deadline to apply for the annual scholarships awarded by Purina Mills and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association’s (NMCGA’s) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee (YCLC).

“We are pleased to be able to offer these scholarships once again, and appreciate Purina Mills and our Allied Industries Committee making it possible,” said Tom Sidwell, NMCGA President, Quay.  “We have some great young people in New Mexico agriculture, and want help them as much as possible as they look to the future.” 

The $1,000 Purina Mills scholarship will be awarded to a New Mexico student who is a member of the NMCGA, the New Mexico Junior Cattle Growers Association, or the child of an NMCGA member.  Graduating high school seniors, and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the award.  In addition, the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee and the Allied Industries Committee will also be presenting two $500 scholarships – one to a high school senior and one to a continuing college student – at this same time.

“College can be very expensive for students and their families.  We are pleased to be able to offer these scholarships and encourage all eligible students to apply,” Sidwell said.  “We want to help NMCGA members and their families continue their education and hopefully return to the agriculture business.”

The three scholarships will be presented to the top three applicants during the Joint Stockmen’s Convention slated for December 3rd through December 8th at the Sandia Resort & Casino.

NMCGA is also excited to be hosting the 11th Annual Showmanship Contest at the New Mexico State Fair on Sunday, September 9th immediately following the New Mexico Breeders Classic Steer and Heifer show that begins at 1:00 p.m. There will be three divisions this year with buckles being awarded to each division winner.  Divisions are broken by age groups, (age of youth as of January 1, 2018): Division 1) 9 to 11 Division 2) 12 to 13 and Division 3) 14 to 19 years of age.

For more information please contact the NMCGA office at 505.247.0584 or via email at nmcga@nmagriculture.org

 

Resources & Forms

Showmanship Entry Form

Scholarship Application

 

Jun 29 2018

New Elk Proposal Open for Comments

The New Mexico Game Commission is seeking comments on proposed changes to the private land elk license allocation (E-PLUS) rule

Comments can be e-mailed to: DGF-EPLUS-Rules@state.nm.us or mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: E-PLUS Rule Development, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments should be received before the November 15, 2018 Game Commission Meeting.

Please share your comments with the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association at nmcga@nmagriculture.org so they can be used in developing policy and Association comments.

Thanks!

Click Here for 2018 NMDGF Proposal

Jun 21 2018

NMSU & NMDA listening session 7/18

NMSU, NMDA agricultural leaders’ listening session slated for Alamogordo July 18

 

DATE: 06/20/2018
WRITER: Jane Moorman,
505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Rolando A. Flores,
575-646-3748, agdean@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Jeff Witte,
575-646-3007, jwitte@nmsu.edu

Alamogordo will be the final stop in the 2018 agricultural listening session series held by New Mexico’s top agricultural leaders.

New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will host the session beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Otero County Cooperative Extension Service office at the Otero County Fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road in Alamogordo.

Since beginning the listening sessions in 2017, Flores and Witte have conducted five meetings across the state. The information they learn helps them lead their organizations.

“As representatives of NMSU, we address the agricultural needs through research, teaching and Extension,” Flores said. “The best way to know about the agricultural issues is to listen to the stakeholders in the state.”

Topics at this year’s first two sessions in Roswell and Belen ranged from education of future agricultural leaders to agricultural projects that will be included in the state general obligation bond election in November.

“We look forward to meeting with New Mexico residents in Otero and Lincoln counties and listening to their concerns,” Witte said. “The listening sessions provide New Mexicans with the opportunity to engage in face-to-face conversation with us, while allowing us to answer questions they may have regarding agriculture in our state.”

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