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NMSU Hotline — July 14, 2017

NMSU alumni use grant to expand sustainable farming techniques


Along a high gravel road radiating white under the sunlight, near the Rio Grande, whose waters splash against the walls of a bridge over it, and nestled within acres of shady pecan trees is Taylor Hood Farms.

Here New Mexico State University alumni Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and her husband, Patrick DeSimio-Sophiliazo, are preparing for the first of a series of community meals in mid-July.

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NMSU engineering students conduct solar UAS flight

NMSU engineering students performed a successful flight of a soon to be autonomous solar-powered Unmanned Aircraft System. NMSU Physical Science Laboratory's FAA UAS Flight Test Site provided Qualified External UAS pilot Joseph Millette to perform a final inspection of the UAS and pilot the aircraft on its maiden flight. Millette is an experienced R/C Pilot with 10 years experience in the UAS industry.

The initial flight lasted about four minutes and ended with a successful landing on the Mesilla Valley Aero-modelers Jornada Airstrip in Las Cruces. The flight consisted of a rectangular pattern at 30 to 50 feet above the ground and a cruising speed of 12 m/s. During the flight, airspeed and motor power data was collected.

The flight went so well that after data from the first flight was analyzed, the team decided to take the UAS up for another flight. The next step will be to install the solar cells in the wing and to perform flight tests running solely on the power of the sun.

The team was led by Andreas Gross, assistant professor, from the College of Engineering, who guided the students in creating a graceful UAS. The design and build team consisted of Jesus Rosales, Karsten Kreutz and Cesar Romero among others. Special thanks go to Robert Skaggs and the MAE Academy, whose generous support made this project possible.

Ag Assembly applications due July 19

Ag Assembly is an intimate event on Aug. 10 that gathers the Southwest's most influential and forward thinking minds in agriculture to talk about demands from the frontlines, translating ideas from vision to reality, and the future of AgTech investment. FoodTech and AgTech entrepreneurs of any stage are encouraged to apply to pitch at the event through an open mic forum. Applications close Wednesday, July 19.

Creating, developing and building connections between entrepreneurs, industry and growers is a critical component to cultivating innovation in agriculture. This event held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will include speakers and attendees from industry and investors in agriculture and will showcase agriculture entrepreneurship.

Register and learn more at arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/agassembly.

NMSU professor promotes preserving moon-landing sites

Beth O?Leary, professor emerita in New Mexico State University?s Department of Anthropology, will travel to Washington, D.C., to give a presentation on space archaeology and heritage preservation.

O?Leary will give the presentation to the National Geographic Society on July 18. On July 19 the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will host a book launch and signing for O?Leary?s new book, ?The Final Mission: Preserving NASA?s Apollo Sites.? These events coincide with the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.


NMSU Ag Science Center at Tucumcari to host field day Aug. 8

Learn about crops, grazing research and more at this year?s field day at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari Tuesday, Aug. 8.

This year?s event starts with a 2:45 p.m. registration for the afternoon program, which begins with two presentations at 3 p.m. Jerry Hawkes, agricultural economist and interim associate dean and director of academic programs for the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, is the first presenter. He will discuss developing cost and return estimates for the Tucumcari Irrigation Project. Producers are encouraged to bring any production records they are willing to share for use in developing the cost and return estimates. Anonymity will be maintained.