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Baca Hired as Extension Program Director in Cibola County

LAS CRUCES -- Cal Baca began work Jan. 9 as the acting county program director in Cibola County for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Baca, a Santa Fe native, will coordinate Extension 4-H and agricultural and home economics programs in Cibola County. "I'm looking forward to working in a county that is so agriculturally diverse," he said. "In my job, I'll be dealing with everything from urban horticulture to Native American agriculture."

Baca works with the Laguna Pueblo to improve range management practices and with the Ramah Navajo Reservation to increase their livestock quality. He also plans to initiate a rural economic development program to attract tourists and new businesses to the area.

Baca has experience working with Extension from his previous job as program assistant with NMSU's 4-H office. He received his bachelor's degree in agricultural and Extension education from NMSU in 1997. In college, he was a member of Collegiate FFA, the Rodeo Club and the Agricultural Economics Club. He also was on the dean's list.

Currently, he is a member of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.