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Endowment fund goal met for Eddy County Cooperative Extension Service

The Eddy County Cooperative Extension Service will now be able to better enrich the lives of those in its community thanks to an endowment fund started in 2007.

The Eddy County Extension Office began fundraising as part of the New Mexico State University Foundation's "Doing What Counts" campaign three years ago to raise $10,000 for an endowed account to benefit programs conducted in the county in 4-H, home economics, community development and agriculture. The monetary goal was recently met, making Eddy County the first county program unit in the state to reach this objective.

"This fund allows for special programming the county doesn't usually get to provide," said Woods Houghton, Eddy County Agriculture Agent.

Many local businesses donated funds for the endowment, including Mosaic, Pardue Limited and Accent Landscape Design. Citizens of Eddy County also made contributions.

The endowment is a permanent fund held and managed by the New Mexico State University Foundation for the county Extension programs, and the revenue is available this year for programs.

Additional gifts can be made at any time. For more information, contact Mark Gladden, director of development for NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, at (575) 680-5247 or Houghton at (575) 887-6595.