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Hopper Returns to Extension Roots

LAS CRUCES - Jennifer Hopper is the new Dona Ana County home economics agent with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Hopper was the Extension home economist for Valencia County from 1995-1996 and most recently served as the director of New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom for the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

"I'm excited to be back in Extension after six years away," said Hopper, who began work Nov. 6. "I served on the Extension Support Council and have been very impressed with everything Extension has been doing. I wanted to be a part of it."

Hopper plans to work with the county's Family and Community Education clubs to expand Extension activities and continue successful projects like Kitchen Creations, a cooking school for diabetics.

"My interests are in family relationships, child development and health, including diabetes information and family resources such as money management," she said.

Hopper is a member of the National Association of Agricultural Educators and was the recipient of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium's professional recognition award in 2001 for a project she developed in conjunction with NMSU's agricultural and extension education department.

Agriculture in the Classroom shows teachers how to incorporate agriculture and nutrition lessons in core subjects such as science, social studies, math and history.

Hopper earned two degrees from NMSU: a master's in agricultural and extension education in 1995 and a bachelor's in family and consumer sciences in 1993.