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New Mexico State University President John Floros speaks with a participant in Thursday’s Field Day at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center south of Artesia. The Field Day brought together university experts and area farmers and ranchers. Dinner was provided by the Yucca CowBelles.

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    Children participate in an “insect safari” in an alfalfa field at NMSU’s Ag Science Center during the Center’s annual Field Day Thursday. The children used nets to sweep up insects living among the alfalfa. NMSU Cooperative Extension Service entomologist Jane Pierce worked with the kids to help them identify and learn a little about the roles insects play in agriculture. (Darrell J. Pehr - NMSU)

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    NMSU Research/Extension fruit specialist Shengrui Yao discusses jujube - Chinese dates - as an alternative crop. Other NMSU experts gave updates on research involving guar, hops, grapes, cotton, and managing salty water. (Darrell J. Pehr - NMSU)

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    NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu speaks to participants in the Field Day. Arvizu joined the university in May. Keynote speaker was Alisa Ogden of the New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association. (Darrell J. Pehr - NMSU)