DOÑA ANA COUNTYCOOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE New Mexico State University
What is the Cooperative Extension Service?• The community education arm of New Mexico State University.• CES faculty members are attached to all 33 county governments and many tribal areas in NM.• Established in early 1900’s.
What is the Cooperative Extension Service?• Mission: to provide the people of New Mexico with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life.• Subject areas: agriculture, home economics, youth development, community and economic development. i d l t
Why “Cooperative”?• Backed by state, federal and local funding, y g the Cooperative Extension service is a cooperative effort between NMSU and p county governments.• County Government, NMSU, USDA Cooperating. Cooperating
Agriculture gDoña Ana County Ag Statistics o Land in Farms = 589,373 acres , o Number of farms = 1,762 o Average size of farm = 334 acres
Doña Ana County Agriculture StatisticsCrops 2009 Rank Livestock Rank In NM I NM Jan. 2010 J In NM I NMPecans 1 Milk Cows 3Onion 1 Cattle and Calves C ttl dC l 5Chile 1 Sheep and Lambs 15Alfalfa HayAlfalfa Hay 2Cotton, Upland 2Corn Silage 2
Doña Ana County Agriculture StatisticsCash Receipts Production Value RankCrops $202,365,000.00 1Livestock $203,064,000.00 $203 064 000 00 4TOTALS: $405,429,000.00Economic $810,858,000.00multiplier value:(Average) 2X
Agriculture Agents g g John Allen, M.S. Livestock & 4 H Agent 4-H Jeff Anderson M.S. Agronomy & Horticulture Agent
Livestock Education• Agriculture Bio-Security• Agriculture A A i l Awareness• Grazing Management• Animal Health Information• Livestock Production• Wildlife Management• 4-H Livestock 4 H Li t k
Agronomy & Horticulture Education• Crop Production • Insect and Disease• Urban Horticulture Diagnosis Di i (emphasizing xeriscaping) • Weed Diagnosis and• S h l and C School d Community it Management M t Gardening Education • Plant Identification and• P ti id S f t and Pesticide Safety d Selection Recommendations • Landscape Design
Master Gardener Program g• A volunteer training program with Master Gardener Certification upon completion completion.• Assist with Extension program efforts by: o Answering questions through a gardening hotline at local hotline, farmer’s markets, at garden expos and in local garden centers. o Providing technical support for school/community gardens. o Assisting with community events, conferences and field days. days• 2010 volunteered 5,068 hrs = $105,668 in-kind.
• 100% USDA Funding F nding • SNAP-ED • EFNEP• Home Economist, (6) Nutrition Educators, Administrative Assistant• Limited resource audiences, youth and adult• Food safety, shopping on a budget label reading safety budget, reading, MyPyramid, meal planning
• Income Support Division Offices• LCPS GISD LCPS,• Community Agencies• Child Care Centers• County Community Resource Centers
EAT SMART. PLAY HARD SMART “CONNECTIONS” The learning is intergenerational and helps both sets of students learn about the importance of their health.Las Cruces High School Family andConsumer Sciences students leadingMesilla Elementary School third gradestudents in exercise as part of the final“We’ve Got the Power” lesson.
Cooking with Kids Berino Elementary School Cooking with Kids 2nd graders learning safe knife handling and cutting techniques.Students visited the Chinese culture with amapping exercise, Asian flavors nutritionhistory and facts, Chopstick math, Chopstickword puzzle and a drawing/writing activity.
4-H Youth Development pEva Madrid, M.S. S John Allen4-H Agent Livestock & 4-H Agent
4-H Youth Development p• Informal education program dedicated to creating self- f f directing, productive, contributing members of society.• 4-H provides youth with opportunities to acquire leadership, citizenship, and life skills.• Youth develop an appreciation for the importance of p pp p self, science, agriculture and the home.
4-H Youth Development pThe ETh 8 Essential Elements of P iti Youth Development ti l El t f Positive Y th D l t1. A positive relationship with a caring adult.2.2 A safe environment environment.3. Opportunity for mastery.4. Opportunity to value and practice service for others. y5. Opportunity for self determination.6. An inclusive environment.7. Opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future.7 O t it t lf ti ti i t i th f t8. Engagement in learning.
4-H Youth Development Doña Ana County• Thirteen active clubs from Hatch to Santa Teresa• Youth members: 417• Adult volunteers: 189• Over 200 projects o public speaking, digital photography, rocketry, sports medicine, food and nutrition, sewing, livestock, leather craft and parliamentary procedure procedure.• Community Service