Business Digest: Portales woman attends conference

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

Jacquelyn Madrid of Portales attended the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference in Reno, Nev., according to an AAFCS news release.

Madrid served as a senator from New Mexico and represented the New Mexico affiliate, of which she is the president, at the business meeting of the association.

She is employed by the New Mexico Department of Health at the Women’s, Infants and Children Office in Clovis, and a graduate student in Family and Consumer Science at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

Founded in 1909, AAFCS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. Members are elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators; Cooperative Extension educators; and other professionals in business and industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government, according to the release.

Expo showcases farm technology
Growers interested in enhancing production of their land are invited to the Precision Ag Expo, sponsored by the Texas Plant Protection Association and cosponsored by New Mexico State University. It begins 8 a.m. (CDT) Sept. 6 at the Ollie Liner Center in Plainview, Texas, according to a TPPA news release.

The Precision Ag Expo will include classroom-style presentations and hands-on demonstrations and discussions in the field. Other topics include the use of guidance systems, monitors and equipment to measure soil and crop variables. Information on data collection and use will be discussed as well as irrigation management. A group of farmers will discuss their experiences with precision agriculture and benefits they have seen.

Companies specializing in precision agriculture and other agribusinesses will participate in the expo, with equipment displays and other exhibits. Many companies will also demonstrate their equipment in a field near the Liner Center.

Continuing education credits will be offered during the expo for Texas Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License and for Certified Crop Advisers.

Registration and other information can be found on the TPPA Web site at Contact Bob Sasser, TPPA executive director, at (936) 539-2349 or by e-mail at for more information.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: