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Baker Takes on Home Economics Duties in Lea County

LAS CRUCES - Robin Baker is the new Lea County agent for home economics with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. Before taking her new position, Baker was program assistant with Lea County Extension's Ideas in Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN) program.

Baker's new duties include working with members of the local Family and Community Education (FCE) program, advising the diabetes support group, and helping with 4-H and the county fair.

The FCE group's monthly meetings feature presentations and programs on a variety of home economics topics. "We have had programs on financial management, time management, diabetes, canning, collectibles and rose pruning," Baker said. "These meetings are a lot of fun and open to anyone interested."

She will also continue working with the ICAN staff to schedule classes and training sessions and advise the nutrition educators.

Baker, a former 4-H member, is looking forward to working with 4-H in her new position. "I'll be helping train the consumer decision making and home economics bowl teams and assist with expanded 4-H programs."

Baker previously worked with Extension as a home economist in Luna County. She earned a bachelor's degree in home economics education and a master's degree in agricultural and extension education, both from NMSU. A native of Raton, Baker and her husband, Jeremy, reside in Lovington. Baker is the daughter of Fred Mack of Baghdad, Ariz., and Virginia Mack of Raton, a member of the state Extension Support Council.