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Kirksey Receives Berg Fellowship Award

LAS CRUCES -- Rex Kirksey received the Soil and Water Conservation Society's Berg Fellowship Award for conservation leaders at their annual conference in Keystone, Colo., July 10.

Kirksey, superintendent of New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari, was selected to participate in a one-day forum to discuss current conservation policies and how natural resource professionals can influence federal policy-making and government spending processes.

"If the anticipated reductions in federal farm program spending occur, many producers in eastern New Mexico will face financial hardship," Kirksey said. "Their long-term survival will depend on their ability to establish new production methods that are less dependent on government farm program payments." Kirksey plans to evaluate alternative production methods through his contacts with the Berg Fellowship.

A publication written by Kirksey titled "Development of Sustainable Production Systems for Land in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)" also was selected for oral presentation at the annual conference.

Kirksey is vice president of the Tucumcari Municipal Schools' Board of Education and also vice president of the board of directors for Liberty Mutual Domestic Water System Association, Inc.

The Berg Fellowship Program was established in 1992 by the Soil and Water Conservation Society in honor of Norman A. Berg, the society's Washington, D.C., representative.