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Murray New Head of NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia

LAS CRUCES - Martina Murray, an agricultural researcher with 13 years' experience working for New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and Farmington, is the new superintendent of NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia.

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Most recently, Murray was a senior research assistant with NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences department in Las Cruces, where she prepared crop profiles describing production practices, pest problems and pesticide usage in New Mexico for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Impact Assessment Program.

Murray earned her doctorate in agronomy from NMSU in 1999. She was a graduate assistant for the weed science program from 1994 to 1999, studying herbicide tolerance in cotton and its carryover to rotational crops.

"My research plots were at NMSU's Leyendecker and Artesia science centers, so I've had a chance to see some of the research at Artesia, and I'm looking forward to working here," Murray said. "Artesia has a great deal of community support and involvement. The challenge for any of the science centers is to be ahead of the curve and anticipate what farmers are going to need."

From 1987 to 1993, Murray was a research assistant for NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington, where her work focused on weed management in potatoes, corn, alfalfa, wheat, dry beans, onions and field corn. She was named San Juan County's Outstanding Young Agriculturalist in 1993.

Murray holds a master's degree in agronomy from NMSU and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Texas-El Paso.