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Three NMSU Graduates Receive Honorary FFA Degrees

LAS CRUCES -- The National FFA Organization honored three New Mexico State University graduates with honorary degrees Oct. 29 in Louisville, Ky. The degree is the highest national honorary award presented by FFA and recognizes those who greatly contribute to the advancement of agricultural education and provide outstanding service to their local program and community.


Robert Torres is an associate professor in the agricultural and extension education department at NMSU. He is a former adviser for collegiate FFA and serves on the New Mexico Workforce Development Board. He has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Collegiate FFA Adviser, the New Mexico Honorary State FFA Degree and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award. Torres is also on the FFA Officer Selection Committee.

He received his master's and bachelor's degrees in agricultural and extension education from NMSU in 1986 and 1987, respectively. Torres earned his doctorate in agricultural education from The Ohio State University in 1993.

Murray Avery is a science teacher at Alamogordo High School. He received the New Mexico Honorary State FFA Degree in 1999. Avery is involved in FFA horse and livestock contests on the national level. He is the past recipient of the Dean's Award of Excellence from NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

He received his bachelor's degree in agricultural and Extension education from NMSU in 1994.

Julian Garcia works for Meriel Pharmaceutical Co. in Hazlet, N.J. Garcia also is involved in FFA horse and livestock contests. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from NMSU in 1995.

Honorary degree recipients have made contributions and significantly impacted agricultural education and FFA at the local and national levels.

FFA is a national organization of 447,880 members who are preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Local, state and national activities and award programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

All three recipients were nominated by the New Mexico State FFA Association.