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White Hired as Extension Horticulture Agent

LAS CRUCES -- John White began work Sept. 30 as the Bernalillo County Extension horticulture agent for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

White will field questions from the public about urban horticulture issues for both commercial nurseries and home gardens. "There is a lot of interest in xeriscaping and water conservation in Bernalillo County," he said.

White also will help coordinate the master gardener program, expand media programs and serve on a team of urban horticulturists being developed in Albuquerque. "The team is currently researching people's allergies to various plants in the city," White said. "Depending on the outcome, the city may restrict the use of certain plants."

The Las Cruces native comes to NMSU from El Paso, Texas, where he served as the county Extension horticulture agent for 17 years. In El Paso, he hosted television and radio programs, and had a regular newspaper column that answered local gardening questions. Previously, he worked as the Extension horticulture agent in Lea County.

White holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture from NMSU. He is a member of the American Society for Horticulture Science, the American Horticulture Society, the Native Plant Association, the Nursery Association, and the Southwest Turfgrass Association. He received the superior service award from the Texas Cooperative Extension Service in 1993.