Economic Analysis: Protect the Public Lands in Doña Ana County For Future Economic Development in the Region

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – A new report shows that protected public lands are a competitive economic advantage in southern New Mexico and Doña AnaCounty.  The analysis confirms that protecting the world-class public lands surrounding Las Cruces will aid the region’s economic development strategy. 

“Permanently protecting the iconic Organ Mountains and the surrounding natural treasures will boost our economy and benefit Doña Ana County. This Headwaters report explains how stimulating tourism, attracting new residents, and creating jobs goes hand in hand with permanently protecting public lands”, said Richard Majestic from the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico. 

WHAT: On Monday, September 26th, Mesilla Valley community leaders will tour Sapphire Energy’s test and development facility in Las Cruces’ West Mesa Industrial Park. Sapphire is working to commercialize “green crude”—a renewable petroleum replacement that is produced from algae, sunlight and CO2.  Sapphire Energy believes that algae will become a very substantial agricultural crop, and make a major difference to the world’s energy balance. 

Saturday, 22 October 2011 18:00

Membership FAQ

Membership in the Consortium is open to any person or entity that wishes to subscribe to and support the purpose of the Consortium as defined in its By-Laws, pays dues according to the schedule set by the Board of Directors and maintains an active presence by attending meetings and/or participating in discussions and Consortium activities, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Friday, 21 October 2011 18:00

Expanding HTC horizons statewide

It has come to my attention that the New Mexico Technology Council would really like to have HTC as (at a minimum) an affiliate member or a Peer Group or (preferred) as the Southern NM arm of NMTC.

Friday, 07 October 2011 18:00

What is HTC's Mission?

What is HTC’s mission?

To make southern New Mexico a regional technology leader in the short term and a national center of technological excellence.

The February meeting and speaker of the High Tech Consortium (HTC) of Southern New Mexico will be on the 27th of February [Wednesday], from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center [located at 3655 Research Drive, Genesis Center, Building C, on the campus of New Mexico State University]. Free to attend.

This month’s speaker will be Dr. Stephanie J. Walker, the Extension Vegetable Specialist at New Mexico State University. Dr. Walker concentrates on supporting commercial vegetable growers and related industries in enhancing sustainability and profitability of vegetable production in New Mexico. The speaker topic: RESEARCH PROGRESS TOWARDS MECHANICAL HARVEST OF NEW MEXICO POD-TYPE GREEN CHILE.

New Mexico pod-type green chile (Capsicum annuum L.) is a celebrated specialty crop that is rooted in the 1913 release of ‘New Mexico No. 9’ by Fabian Garcia, the first Director of the NM Agricultural Experiment Station at the NM School of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now New Mexico State University). From planting to harvest, NM green chile is labor- intensive crop. The limited supply and expense of domestic labor threaten the long-term viability of the industry. A transition to mechanized production systems is critical to support and sustain commercial processing of the crop.

Past research by NMSU includes the development of a mechanical thinner to reduce reliance on hand labor when direct-seeded fields are thinned to the optimum number of chile plants. Additional short- and intermediate-term research efforts have focused on identifying harvesting equipment, production practices, chile cultivars and plant attributes for best mechanical harvest efficiency. Long-term efforts involve selective breeding to develop new cultivars more efficient for mechanical harvest. Finally, private companies have developed mechanical methods to remove chile pepper stems (pedicels), an operation that is critical to NM green chile mechanical harvest. 

HTC membership meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in growing technology in southern New Mexico is encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attending. For more information please call the HTC President, Dr. Ed Pines, at 575-646-2730, or Terry Jack 720-201-7344.

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