Friday, September 28, 2018


Is your community prepared for severe weather? Thunderstorms, heavy rains, hurricanes and winter weather can all cause power outages and flooding, which can raise food safety questions, like “How can I best prepare my refrigerator and freezer in advance of a storm?” and “How long will my perishable foods stay safe if the power goes out?”

FSIS has emergency preparedness resources here, which you can use in outreach efforts in your community. Our most popular and comprehensive severe weather publication is the Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes. You can print this publication or request free copies by emailing us at

We’ve also got a handy infographic in English and Spanish about what consumers should do to protect themselves from foodborne illnesses before, during and after a severe storm. Check out our severe storms Flickr page for more images and infographics that you can use in your social media messages throughout severe weather events.

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FSIS Outreach Team

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

NMDA pesticide disposal

This is a notification of this year’s NMDA pesticide disposal event.  We will be holding collections at three locations this year:

-October 16: Curry County Fairgrounds (600 S. Norris), Clovis NM
-October 17: Roswell Airport (95 Southwest Way), Roswell NM
-October 18: McGee Park (41 Rd 5568), Farmington NM

We will also have agricultural plastic recycling services available this year provided by USAg Recycling (eligibility details here: Please bring in your clean and rinsed plastic jugs and drums for FREE recycling services! Examples of proper rinsing are attached.

I have attached an informational flyer that can be shared or posted as needed. 

NMDA commends all individuals who come together to make this program a success. The proper disposal of pesticides eliminates a potential threat to human health and the environment. Over the last decade, we have collected over 400,000 pounds of unwanted pesticide products. We hope you continue to utilize the pesticide disposal program by participating this year.

Contact me if you have any additional questions. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming disposal and recycling event!

Jacob Kruse
Senior Program Specialist
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
PO Box 30005, MSC 3AQ
Las Cruces, NM 88003

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CLAYTON – Forty years ago on Oct. 10, 1978, New Mexico State University’s Clayton Livestock Research Center began operations.

CLAYTON – Forty years ago on Oct. 10, 1978, New Mexico State University’s Clayton Livestock Research Center began operations.
DATE: 09/24/2018
WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527,
CONTACT: Glenn Duff, 575-374-2566,

Since then, as one of the few university feedlot research facilities in the nation, pertinent science-based research has been conducted to improve the health and performance of newly received beef cattle, including nutrition, and management to slaughter. In addition, the facility has a 120 -acre center pivot for conducting research with winter wheat.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will celebrate the work that has been conducted at the facility with an open house beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Lunch will be served, followed by a program.

“It’s important to showcase what we have been doing at this facility and then talk about the future,” said Glenn Duff, NMSU professor and superintendent of the research center. “We know it is a busy time of the year for cattlemen, so the event will only be about two-and-a-half hours.”

Consuelo Sowers, farm ranch supervisor for the facility, is compiling research data from the past 40 years on health and performance of newly-received cattle. An analysis of the trends will be presented during the celebration.

“We are proud that several management decisions in the feedlot industry and recommendations in the Nutrient Requirement of Beef Cattle are the result of research here at the Clayton Livestock Research Center,” Duff said.

While looking back at the research, the past superintendents will be recognized for their leadership through the years.

“We’ve invited several of the past superintendents” Duff said. “Hopefully they will attend and share their memories of their time here.”

During the 1970s, cattlemen from across the state helped promote the need for this type of research facility.

In 1972, the New Mexico State Legislature first appropriated funds for the construction and operation of the center. A special use permit was approved by the Cibola National Forest in 1973 and 1975 for the construction on 320 acres of the Kiowa National Grassland within its jurisdiction. Construction began in 1975.

Research pens, with a capacity of approximately 960 head were constructed from pipe, with fence line concrete feed bunks. The facility includes cattle handling equipment in an enclosed barn including a working chute system, scales for weighing individual animals and a loading chute and scales for weighing trucks or groups of cattle.

Through the years, upgrades have been made include a “Bud Box” design cattle handling system for truly low stress handling conditions. Recently, the feedlot water troughs were replaced with a heated water system.

Construction of the feed mill was completed in December 1978. It provides storage of feed ingredients, contains a steam flaker and dry roller for grains and mixing of experimental diets. The roughage boxes were recently upgraded with funds from the Agricultural Experiment Station.

Forty years later, the feed mill is in operation as is the center-pivot irrigation system on 120 acres, which is currently being used for research.

“We have recently planted winter wheat on this field,” Duff said. “We will be evaluating preconditioning or value added programs on health and performance of the newly-received calves in this field.”
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