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NMSU College of ACES Evaluates Agricultural Science Center System

Public concern regarding New Mexico State University potentially closing two agricultural science centers has stimulated the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to conduct a self-evaluation of the 12 centers around the state.

“At this time we are not closing any centers; that would be the last recourse, but it is on the table,” said College of ACES Dean Rolando A. Flores. “In a time of low budgets, we need to rationalize and properly manage our resources.”

During visits with the advisory boards at each agricultural science center, Flores explained the evaluation process the college has begun.

“We have formed a committee to determine ways we can operate the research centers more efficiently as a whole, while reaching our goal of providing applied science that the agricultural producers may use in their operations to position themselves for success,” Flores said.

The committee includes individuals from the private industry, some agricultural science center superintendents, college department heads and faculty members.

“Our agricultural science centers need to be as self-sufficient as possible; research is not free,” Flores said. “It is critical that faculty members submit grant proposals, and they are doing it. However, at the national level, funding sources have decreased while the amount of people applying for funding has increased.”

The alternative for the College of ACES is to do as other universities have done – turn to the private sector for partnerships.

“We need to start looking at different approaches as to how we fund research,” he said. “We need more involvement with private industry participating in research, sponsoring research.”

Under Flores’ leadership the entire college is conducting an extensive self-evaluation to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of each department and program, including the Cooperative Extension Service within each county and the 12 agricultural science centers around the state.

“As with any organization involving 700 employees, we are finding issues and we are working to solve them,” Flores said. “As an engine for the economic and community development of New Mexico, we are committed to use efficient systems with considerable positive impact in the state.”

Author:  Jane Moorman – NMSU

Chihuahuas Overpower Aces 13 to 3

The El Paso Chihuahuas piled up 20 hits in their 13-3 win over the Reno Aces Monday night at Greater Nevada Field. Bryan Rodriguez allowed two runs in six innings to get his fourth win in five Triple-A starts this year.

For the fourth time in four games in Reno, the Chihuahuas scored the game’s first runs when Jason Hagerty hit an RBI double and Diego Goris struck an RBI single in the second inning to put El Paso ahead 2-0. The Chihuahuas added three more runs in a four-hit third inning, including a two-run homer by Hector Sanchez, who has three home runs in his first nine at bats with El Paso.

The Chihuahuas chased Reno starter Braden Shipley from the game after four innings, his shortest start of the year. Shipley entered the game with the fifth-best ERA in the Pacific Coast League, but the Chihuahuas scored eight runs on 12 hits against him.

Hunter Renfroe’s fifth-inning grand slam highlighted a five-run inning and gave him the PCL lead in home runs with 18. Renfroe joined Ryan Schimpf and Austin Hedges as Chihuahuas to hit grand slams in 2016.

Hedges went 3-for-6 with an RBI but did not hit a home run for the first time in his last six games.

Jabari Blash went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, including a solo home run that landed on top of Reno’s scoreboard beyond the left field wall.

Gameday Box Score: http://www.milb.com/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_06_27_elpaaa_renaaa_1&mode=gameday

Team Records: El Paso (46-32), Reno (41-37)

Next Game: Tuesday at 2:05 p.m. vs. Reno at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Daniel McCutchen (8-3, 4.87) vs. Reno LHP Edwin Escobar (4-2, 4.71). Game coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com

El Paso 13 Reno 3 – Monday

WP: Rodriguez (4-1)

LP: Shipley (6-4)

S: None

Time: 3:13

Attn: 3,481

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