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The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is aggressively involved in finding solutions to current problems in New Mexico. The Water Task Force, New Mexico Chile Association, and Range Improvement Task Force are interdisciplinary teams of researchers, scientists, and other experts that conduct commissioned studies and other work. Results of task force research are available in the following reports.


New Mexico Chile Association/Chile Task Force


Report No. 1: An Industry-University Response to Global Competition
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Report No. 2: Chile Seed Germination as Affected by Temperature and Salinity
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Report No. 3: Yield and Quality of Machine-Harvested Red Chile Peppers
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Report No. 4: Chile Seed Quality
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Report No. 5: Guidelines for Chile Seed Crop Production
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Report No. 6: Improving Chile Harvesting and Cleaning Technologies
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Report No. 7: Farm Labor Employers' Handbook
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Report No. 8: New Mexico's Chile Pepper Industry: Chile Types and Product Sourcing
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Report No. 9: Economic Impact of Southern New Mexico Vegetable Production and Processing
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Report No. 10: Chile Pepper Growers' Notes: 2003
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Report No. 11: Developing New Marketing Strategies for the Southwestern Chile Industry
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Report No. 12: Incidence of the Beet Leafhopper, Circulifer tenellus (Homoptera: Cicadellidae), in New Mexico Chile
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Report No. 13: Plant Spacing/Plant Population for Machine Harvest
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Report No. 14: Economic Return to Adoption of Mechanical Thinning: The Case of New Mexico Chile
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Report No. 15: U.S. Imports and Exports of Chile Peppers and Pepper Products: Frequently Asked Questions
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Report No. 16: International Trade in Chile Peppers: Data from the Global Trade Atlas
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Report No. 17: Basic Research on the Use of Polarization to Sort Chile Peppers
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Report No. 18: An Analysis of Farm Labor Contracting in New Mexico
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Report No. 19: Use of Kaolin to Suppress Beet Curly Top Virus in Chile Peppers
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Report No. 20: Using a Color Sorter to Remove Sticks from Mechanically Harvested Red Chile
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Report No. 21: Regional Branding in a Global Marketplace
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Report No. 22: Refinement and Testing of Mechanical Cleaners for Red Chile
(PDF Version)

Report No. 23: NMSU Crop Thinner Project: A Model for Commercialization of University Intellectual Property
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Report No. 24: Chile Harvesting Observations: 2004
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Report No. 25: Design and Development of a Prototype Mechanical Gap Sorter for Mechanically Harvested Red Chile
(PDF Version)

Report No. 26: Good Agricultural Practices: What Growers Should Know
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Report No. 27: Red Chile Pod Reclaimer Evaluations
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Report No. 28: Chile Machine Harvesting Trials
(HTML Version) (PDF Version)

Report No. 29: Southwest Agribusiness Conference Proceedings
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Report No. 30: Bacterial Leaf Spot of Chile Pepper: A Short Guide for Growers
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Report No. 31: Research and Promotion Program Prospects in the Chile Industry
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Report No. 32: Crop Growth and Development for Irrigated Chile (Capsicum annuum)
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Report No. 33: Evaluations of Chloropicrin Fumigants for Management of Soil-Borne Pathogens in Chile (Capsicum annuum L.)
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Range Improvement Task Force


Report 1: Estimated Benefits and Costs of State Ownership of BLM Lands in NM

Report 2: Market Values of Federal Grazing Permits in NM

Report 3: Statement Summary Presented by RITF

Report 4: A Bibliography of Forest and Rangeland NonPoint Sources of Pollution

Report 5: Appraisal of BLM Responses to RITF Public Comments on Grazing Environmental Impact Statements

Report 6: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Grazing Management Plans; A Guide for Public Land Livestock Operations

Report 7: Guide to NM Range Analysis

Report 8: Characteristics of State Non-Game Management Programs in 1980

Report 9: Innovative Features for a Range Stewardship Program in NM, 1980

Report 10: A Bibliography of Literature Related to Grazing Systems

Report 11: Reassessment of Grazing Allotments in the BLM Roswell and Socorro Districts

Report 12: Grazing Lease Arrangements and Costs of Privately Owned Rangelands in NM, 1980

Report 13: A Rancher's Guide for Monitoring Deer and Antelope Populations in NM

Report 14: The Prices Paid Index in the Federal Grazing Fee Formula

Report 15: Alternative Valuation Methods for Cattle Ranches on the White Sands Missle Range 1942-1982

Report 16: Control of Kangaroo Rats with Poison Baits

Report 17: Methods and Compensations for Ranch Properties and Grazing Permits on the White Sands Missle Range

Report 18: Private Land Grazing Transactions in NM 1983-84, Implications for State Trust Land Grazing Fees

Report 19: Potential Returns for Landowner Management of Wildlife

Report 20: Financial Status of the Range Livestock Industry: The NM Example

Report 22: NM Hunter-Rancher Relationships Survey

Report 25: Legal Liability of Landowners with Fee Hunting Enterprises

Report 26: Procedures For Preparing Contracts Associated with Fee Hunting Enterprises

Report 31: The Value of Public Land Grazing Permits and the Grazing Fee Dilemma

Report 32: The Importance of Public Lands to Livestock Productions in the U.S.

Report 34: RITF Critical Review of RANGELAND REFORM '94: BLM Proposed Rulemaking; FS Proposed Rulemaking; EIS Scoping Issues

Report 37: Monitoring and Interpreting Ecological Integrity on Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of the Western United States

Report 40: The Economic Impact of Protecting the Knowlton Cactus (Pediocactus knowltonii) Under the Endangered Species Act

Report 43: Management of Mountain Mahogany and Wright's Silktassel to Increase Browse Availability for Big Game

Report 47: Forage Utilization by Elk and Livestock in Selected Riparian Areas in the Gila National Forest

Report 49: Herbaceous Utilization by Elk in Selected Meadows in the Gila Wilderness, Gila National Forest

Report 52: Diets of Elk, Mule Deer & Coues White-Tailed Deer on Fort Bayard in Southwestern New Mexico

Report 53: Monitoring Rangelands in NM

Report 57: Impacts of Controlled Grazing Versus Grazing Exclusions on Rangeland Ecosystems: What We Have Learned

Report 58: Using the Rapid Assessment Methodology (RAM) to make Adaptive Management Decisions

Report 60: 2005 Summary of Range Brush Control Research: Demonstration Trials in NM

Report 67: Characteristics of the United States Organic Beef Industry

Report 69: Montane Meadow and Open Area Encroachment in the Lincoln Forest, Sacramento Grazing Allotment

Report 70: The Financial and Ecological Impacts of Two Stocking Levels on Chihauhuan Desert Rangeland

Report 71: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico, 1998

Report 72: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico, 1999

Report 73: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico - 2000

Report 74: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico - 2001

Report 75: Range Livestock Costs and Returns for New Mexico, 2002

Report 76: Data Entry, Organization and Analysis for Rapid Assessment Metholology

Report 77: A Guide to Identifying Livestock Depredation

Report 78: Review of Livestock Management Practices to Minimize Livestock Depredation by Wolves: Applicability to the Southwest

Report 79: Economic Implications and Surface Disturbance Mitigation of Oil and Gas Development on Otero Mesa

Report 80: Reestablishment of the Mexican Gray Wolf: The Economics of Depredation

Report 81: Legacy of Agricultural Property Tax in New Mexico - 2011

Report 83: Wilderness Designation and Livestock Grazing: The Gila Example

Report 400 B-18: Brush Control on New Mexico Rangeland


Range Improvement Task Force publications are distributed by the Extension Animal Resources department. Contact the Department of Extension Animal Resources, MSC 3AE, Room 314, Knox Hall, (575) 646-5102. ritf@nmsu.edu


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Water Task Force


Report No. 1: Efficient Irrigation for Water Conservation
(PDF Version)

Report No. 2: River, Acequia and Shallow Groundwater Interactions
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Report No. 3: A Simple Flow Measuring Device for Farms
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Report No. 4: Irrigation Practices vs. Farm Size: Data from Elephant Butte Irrigation District
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Report No. 5: Landscape Attitudes and Choices: A Survey of New Mexico Homeowners
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Report No. 6: Evaluation of User Friendly Drip Irrigation/Mulch Systems for Urban and Small Farm Specialty Crop Production
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Report No. 7: Market-Based Management of Water Scarcity in the Elephant Butte Irrigation District
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Report No. 8: Irigation Scheduling of Pecan Orchards: The Water Budget Approach
(PDF Version)

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