Aug 07 2018

Shear Wisdom — July 2018

President Message…

Thank you to everyone who came to Ruidoso in June and helped make our Annual Meeting a success. We missed
those of you who weren’t able to be there, and hope to catch up with you sometime soon.  I am honored to be
your new NMWGI President, and looking forward to working with all of you to help strengthen our industry. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, or the office, if you have a problem, suggestion, or idea. The NMWGI has a long history of representing sheep producers and promoting our industry, and I am proud to be a part of it.

 

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Aug 03 2018

Agencies to train at Sunport in case of emergency livestock incident

Albuquerque Journal
Aug 03 2018

Livestock disaster drill tests multiple state agencies

Albuquerque Journal

July 24, 2018 06:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A mock disaster, involving hundreds of livestock, unfolded at the Albuquerque Sunport Tuesday.

 

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture said the drill involved a hypothetical situation where a plane filled with cows, from Argentina, had to make an emergency landing at the Sunport.

Several state and federal agencies were tasked responding to the hypothetical situation.

“Whenever there is an emergency, one of the main things that happens is there is a breakdown in communication and we don’t know who to call. So this brings us together, we have folks from all over, that are working together, that are putting faces to names, phone numbers things like that, so if an incident truly happens we know where our resources are,” said Veterinarian Diagnostic Lab Director Tim Hanosch. 

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Aug 01 2018

Livestock Inspector of the Year Nominations Sought

Livestock Inspector of the Year Nominations Sought

               The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) is seeking nominations for its annual Livestock Inspector of the Year Award, which will be awarded during the Joint Stockmen’s Convention in December.

               Each year, the NMCGA honors a livestock inspector employed by the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) for outstanding service to the livestock industry, according to Jeff Decker, NMCGA Theft & Livestock Committee Chairman, Lovington. “Not only does the NMLB protect New Mexico’s livestock industry from theft, but the livestock movement control provided by the Board assists in protecting animal health as well.”

               Nominations should include the name and address of the inspector, as well as a brief narrative on why the nominee is deserving of the award.  Nominations should be directed to the NMCGA, P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87194, via fax at 505/842-1766 or via email to nmcga@nmagriculture.org.  The deadline for submitting nominations is November 5, 2018.

           The award will be presented during the 2018 Joint Stockmen’s Convention, slated for December 5 – 8 at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque.   For further information, please contact the NMCGA office at (505) 247-0584.

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.

 

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