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NMSU Hotline — March 16, 2016

NMSU researcher develops model to help chile growers battle weeds


The tall morning glory weed can be problematic for chile growers. The presence of this weed in crops may lead to an increase in harvesting time or hoeing time and may also result in fewer chile pods.

A solution just may be integrated pest management that focuses on the soil seed bank.

Brian Schutte at New Mexico State University developed a user-friendly economic model that strives to assist growers with saving time in the long run. Schutte is an assistant professor of weed physiology in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Police Department to hold active shooter workshop today

The NMSU Police Department will conduct a workshop on how to prevent and/or respond to an active killer/shooter incident today in the Yates Auditorium Room 109 of Domenici Hall. The workshop will begin at 2:30 p.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. No advanced registration is required.

This workshop will cover not only what to do if such an incident takes place on campus, but what you can do if it happens anywhere you happen to be. The program has evolved since it was initially introduced in 2006, and it includes the latest guidance based on research and actual incidents around the world. While the Run, Hide, Fight video produced by Ready Houston will be used for part of the course, additional information not included in the video will also be presented.

This workshop is presented at campuses throughout the NMSU system, and the NMSU Police Department also teaches the program for individual colleges and departments in a customized format. Anyone interested in the customized training should call 575-646-3311 or email police@nmsu.edu for more information.

'Critical Thinking: Thinking about Thinking' workshop to be held next week

How skilled are you as a thinker? Why do you think the way you do? Most employers list critical thinking as a desired skill in future employers. Discuss becoming a critical thinker in order to get more from your education at the "Critical Thinking: Thinking about Thinking" workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Zuhl Library conference room (225 second floor).

For more information please contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

NMSU to host workshop at Abiquiu on controlling unwanted trees

ABIQUIU ? Elm, willow and Russian olive trees sprouting along the acequias, streams and fence line can have a negative impact on the profitability of a farm.

New Mexico State University?s Rio Arriba County Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop on controlling these trees when they are sprouts, before they become full-grown bushes or trees.

The workshop will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Rio Arriba CES office, State Road 554, House #122-A, in Abiquiu.


Garden columnist opens Valencia County Master Gardener Home & Garden Expo

LOS LUNAS ? Garden advice columnist and PBS gardening show host Curtis Smith will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Valencia County Home & Garden Expo on Friday, April 1, at the UNM-Valencia Campus, 280 La Entrada Road in Tome.

Smith, retired New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service horticulturalist, will talk about how gardening helps improve the environment. The event is sponsored by NMSU?s Valencia County Master Gardeners.

Smith?s Southwest Yard & Garden column has appeared in New Mexico newspapers since 1995, including the Albuquerque Journal for many years. He prides himself in using new information for each weekly column.


NMSU PREP Academy accepting applications

Middle- and high-school students have the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math careers while experiencing a taste of college life this summer. The New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network is accepting applications for the 2016 PREP Middle- and High-School Academies. PREP (Pre-Freshman Engineering Program) is a summer residential camp for diverse, high-achieving students.

PREP Middle-School Academy will be held June 5-17 and is open to grades sixth to eighth. This program is a two-week residential program that provides students with real-world experiences in engineering innovation through inquiry and hands-on learning. Students will be immersed in engineering activities.

PREP High-School Academy will be held June 19-30 and is open to students in grades ninth to 12th. Also a two-week residential program, this academy exposes students to the engineering design process, applied use of engineering software, advanced manufacturing using 3-D printers, and the ability to implement their engineering skills on real-world projects.


Small businesses can learn about partnering with national labs for technical assistance

Learn how you can partner with the national labs and receive up to $300,000 in technical assistance. Attend an Arrowhead Center-hosted workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on March 23 for an overview of Small Business Vouchers Pilot Program. Launched by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the SBV Pilot will match selected small businesses with experts from the national labs ? and give them businesses vouchers valued from $50,000 to $300,000 that they can exchange for national lab technical assistance. Applications for this assistance are expected to open mid-March. Learn more about SBV at https://www.sbv.org. To register for the workshop, visit http://bit.ly/1LUjfpV.

Area business owner boosting eco-friendly pesticide through NMSU-based campaign

Luke Smith is committed to bringing a green solution to food production through a product called NMX that was developed at New Mexico State University.

NMX is an eco-friendly, essential oil-based pesticide that is a safe alternative to conventional chemical pesticides and solutions.

?The NMX product line is based on the idea that nature provides its own solution to many problems that are currently being solved through synthetic means that are harmful to the environment,? said Smith. ?NMX was developed using essential oils, ?nature?s pesticides.??


Registration now open for New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp. Deadline to apply is May 1.

?We are proud to offer this one-of-a-kind program for the future cattle producers of our state,? said Jon Boren, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service director. ?The collaboration between our Extension specialists, county Extension agents and members of the ranching industry has provided an opportunity for the youth to see the many aspects of managing a ranch and natural resources.?

The activity-packed week of June 5 to 10 will conclude with a ranch management plan competition.


DACC Customized Training class offered

Identify your leadership profile and competencies and learn how to build on these strengths to increase your leadership effectiveness in Bringing Out the Leader in You. Develop key leadership skills, including time management, critical thinking, change management, delegation, problem solving, goal setting, communication and much more. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, and the cost is $139.

For questions or more information, contact us at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.