A Note from the Director

As we move toward the end of a very successful semester, we at Arrowhead Center have had the opportunity both to reflect on the past and look to the future of innovation and entrepreneurship on the NMSU campus and in the larger region. Arrowhead is wrapping up an i6 Challenge grant, a substantial award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration that has provided critical support and resources for the past three years of our programming. Final reporting for the project has allowed us to see how much we have accomplished and how much still lies ahead.

For instance, the i6 Challenge award has been the lynchpin of support for our Launch proof of concept program, which identifies NMSU’s most commercially promising research and technologies and allows developers to compete for cash and services to make marketable products. You will read about recent developments on one of our first Launch-supported projects: 2011 winners Drs. Geoffrey Smith and David Johnson’s ground-breaking work in hydrogen capture and storage. In collaboration with Arrowhead and Sandia National Laboratories, this research has significant implications for hydrogen-fueled vehicles and the clean energy sector as a whole. As you will also read, we kicked off the fifth round of our Launch competition this month, drawing in one of the most impressive pools of applicants we’ve seen thus far. We will update you as finalists are identified and projects proceed.

We are also excited to share news on others for whom we see bright futures: current NMSU students and recent graduates who are forging new pathways in their respective fields and entrepreneurial endeavors. NMSU and Studio G student business accelerator alum Gerardo Martinez is involved in a NASA-led project to test work that will help to optimize fuel usage in space. Current Studio G client and NMSU engineering student Taylor Burgett was featured on a national news report, talking about an app he has developed and is marketing to help constituents maintain more effective communication with local government.

Thank you for taking the time to read about Arrowhead’s recent accomplishments and paths to the future in the development of innovative technologies and engaged entrepreneurship. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kathy Hansen

Director and CEO of Arrowhead Center

LAS CRUCES JOINING STATEWIDE STARTUP WEEKEND

THIRD ANNUAL GATHERING COULD SEE LOCAL BUSINESS WIN STATE FUNDING

Jason Gibbs, Las Cruces Sun-News8:07 a.m. MST November 9, 2015

LAS CRUCES — It’s billed as 54 hours of intense training for entrepreneurs and, if you are up for the marathon, there is a chance it could launch a career.

Las Cruces is among three cities taking part in New Mexico’s Statewide Startup Weekend, which begins Friday and runs through Sunday night. This year, the third year Las Cruces has participated along wtih Albuquerque and Santa Fe, marks a change from previous years as experts from around the state and country use technology to share information among all three cities simultaneously. The event will connect all three cities, with sessions to be held at the Santa Fe Business Incubator in Santa Fe; Fat Pipe, Eipcenter & ABQid in Albuquerque; and Arrowhead Center on New Mexico State University’s campus in Las Cruces.

“Unique this year is New Mexico will be the first and only integrated statewide startup weekend,” said Zetdi Sloan, director of the technology incubator at the NMSU Arrowhead Center.

Sloan said collaboration between speakers at the three statewide events and the use of technology will bring an opportunity for all participants to benefit from the shared knowledge of the speakers presenting this weekend.

“The keynote speaker will be in northern New Mexico and webcast to all participants across the state,” Sloan said. “Santa Fe, Albuquerque, we’ll have some other guest speakers over the course of the weekend.”

Participants will begin Friday evening with brainstorming sessions to pitch ideas for development. Through a voting process, top candidates will be selected and teams formed to develop a business plan and pitch it.

The top project for each city will be selected Sunday night and will immediately go before a panel of judges. The winner will receive $2,000 in development assistance from the state’s Economic Development Department.

Participants at the 2014 Startup Weekend Las Cruces

Participants at the 2014 Startup Weekend Las Cruces react to speakers at the annual event. This year’s edition begins Friday and will mark the first statewide collaboration using webcasts for experts from three cities to share their experience with all participants. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

“New Mexico Economic Development Department is sponsoring each one of the locations,” Sloan said. “On top of that, after each community winner is selected they will go on directly to be pitched on the webcast to the other locations and state representatives. Judges at all three cities will pick the statewide winner.”

“Everything about Statewide Startup Weekend emphasizes collaboration,” said Sean O’Shea, Statewide Startup Weekend organizer and program director for The Santa Fe Business Incubator. “Our opening speaker is dramatic confirmation.”

This year’s event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and culminate with judging and awards on Nov. 15 at Arrowhead Park, 4605 Research Park Circle in Las Cruces. Tickets are $75, and tickets for high school and college students are $25. Cost includes meals, refreshments and prizes. Startup Weekend Las Cruces is the only startup event taking place in Southern New Mexico. Participants from around the region are welcome to attend.

The Startup Weekend event features teams forming around top ideas and spending 54 hours creating business models, code, design and market validation. Each team will then present their project before a panel of judges, including Bobby Lutz, NMSU alumnus, CFO and owner of G.L. Seaman and Company, and member of the NMSU Foundation Board and the Arrowhead Advisory Council; John Hummer, co-founder, executive board member and President of The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Albuquerque business owner Amy Bigbee.

The event’s featured speaker on Saturday is Estela Hartley, an innovation strategist who works with startups, established businesses and nonprofit organizations to solve complex problems and design meaningful businesses, products, and services using new frameworks, tools and practices. She will speak about customer interviews.

David Brown of Boulder, Colorado, co-founder and president of Techstars, is opening speaker. Techstars, an accelerator program which first launched Startup Weekend, operates in seven cities with a network of more than 1,500 mentors and 1,000-plus alumni. Startup Weekends create an environment where passionate people can come together to get things done; to learn, network, bridge the gap between trades, expose potential and see actual results. This type of innovative collaboration is extremely important to the economic growth of each community and of New Mexico as a whole, according to O’Shea.

New Mexico’s Statewide Startup Weekend will be fully collaborative and connected with a shared opening speaker, two shared Saturday workshops, a common closing speaker and a final pitch competition between the three communities to crown the very first Statewide Startup Weekend winner in history.

For more information or to register,

“It’s not just people with an idea for a business that should participate,” O’Shea said. “Business people, engineers, creatives, coders and anyone interested in working on a team and building a startup from scratch will benefit from the Startup Weekend experience.”

Jason Gibbs may be reached at 575-541-5451. Follow him on Twitter @fjgwriter.

NMSU ENTREPRENEURS INVITED TO ‘LAUNCH’ PROJECTS, WIN SUPPORT FROM ARROWHEAD CENTER

DATE: 11/09/2015

WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

CONTACT: Terry Lombard, 575-646-2791, tlombard@nmsu.edu

Today is the application deadline for Arrowhead Center’s Launch program, which focuses on accelerating the transfer of technologies from concept to market over a four-month period.

New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center began offering the Launch proof of concept center, or POCC, in 2011. It offers NMSU innovative entrepreneurs with resources such as direct business mentorship, market analysis, demonstration-validation sources, cash investment and access to investment networks.

To be eligible, applicants must be NMSU faculty, staff member and/or student. Off-campus and cross-disciplinary collaborations are welcome, and non-NMSU entrepreneurs are eligible to apply if the team has at least one NMSU faculty, staff member or student as a co-founder. In order to be considered, projects must be novel, technically feasible and have a demonstrable chance of commercial success.

“Launch helps grow early-stage research and technologies into marketable products and services. At the end of the four-month program the selected participants, who receive seed funding, mentorship, marketing and product development services, vie for an overall Launch award,” said Terry Lombard, director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at NMSU.

Launch is housed at the Intellectual Property Office at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center.

“Launch is supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s i6 Challenge program, with the goal of bringing to market the nation’s most promising and emerging ideas and technologies,” said Launch Competition Director Shanta Thoutam, who has watched the program evolve and grow over the past five years. “Additionally, the Launch teams that meet and exceed their plans and milestones will not only have a marketable product or company but also acquire the business skills and education to prepare them for investment readiness.”

Pitch Day, when applicants pitch to a selection committee to participate in Launch, is scheduled for Nov. 19. Launch Day, when finalists pitch to judges to win the Launch award, is April 13, 2016. Judges will select winning projects that will receive space, services and further funding through Arrowhead Center.

Previous Launch awardees have applied for 10 U.S. patents and started five businesses. Launch is based on POCC programs that have experienced great success at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation; the University of California, San Diego’s William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement; and the University City Science Center’s QED Proof-of-Concept Program in Philadelphia.

For more information or to apply,

UP AEROSPACE LAUNCH PROPELS NMSU PROJECT

NMSU PROJECT ABOARD AND IS FAST-TRACKED TO FLY TO THE ISS

LAS CRUCES — A successful launch at Spaceport America on Friday took with it a scientific experiment, designed at New Mexico State University, on its second suborbital flight.

Now, the project is on a fast track with NASA to test at the International Space Station, said Gerardo Martinez, an NMSU graduate who volunteered to continue working on the project, which got its start in 2009.

The payload that went up is designed to test an algorithm in near-zero gravity and eventually in zero gravity that will help judge how to best optimize fuel usage depending upon an spacecraft’s mass in space, Martinez said.

“The algorithm essentially determines the mass properties of a satellite or spacecraft in orbit, the mass, center of mass and the inertia properties,” Martinez said. “This would be important for updating the mass properties of spacecraft or satellites in operation. You need to know what kind of body you are working with, how much it weighs, how the mass is distributed, to operate it more efficiently. If you have more efficiency, you have more capacity to extend the life of the craft.”

The properties of mass and distribution change when in orbit, Martinez said. While satellite and spacecraft designers try to allow for these changes during design and testing phases, they are likely to change over time while in orbit. The algorithm has twice been tested on parabolic flights, where a plane reaches high altitude and then plummets downward, simulating zero gravity. Friday marked the second suborbital launch test for the device.

The launch of the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft rocket at 8:01 a.m. Friday from the spaceport’s Vertical Launch Complex-1 is the 24th overall launch and the fourth from Spaceport America with NASA Flight Opportunities Program payloads. Flight data indicate the rocket reached approximately 74.98 miles, according to spaceport officials. The parachute recovery system brought the rocket and its payloads safely back. The payloads were recovered 30.83 miles downrange on the White Sands Missile Range as planned. This is the first mission in which UP Aerospace demonstrated the capability to eject separate payloads that require independent re-entry into the atmosphere. Three separate parachutes provided soft landing of payload components.

“Spaceport America congratulates UP Aerospace on a successful launch and for being the first private commercial-space company to demonstrate independent payload re-entry,” said Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson in a prepared statement. “Spaceport America is also proud to support these important research payloads for NASA and academia.”

Pat Hynes, director of the Space Grant Consortium at NMSU, said the algorithm-testing payload was built by students.

“It was the size of a … huge microwave (when it was first designed in 2009),” she said. “This experiment was testing an algorithm that determines momentum on an orbiting body while a free-flying sensor was inside the body” of the craft.

The experiment had to be scaled down to fly on the UP Aerospace rocket and Hynes said Martinez and his fellow students showed great tenacity in getting the project to this stage.

“I always promised these guys if we keep going and fly it on the ISS, we’ll know we have something,” Hynes said.

For his part, Martinez credits NMSU, the Arrowhead Center and Studio G for helping him take the knowledge he gained on the project and use it to develope virtual reality or augmented reality technology for space entertainment and tourism. He is working with the city of Las Cruces to present augmented reality displays downtown during this year’s Chile Drop. Eventually, he wants to bring space travel experience to people who can’t afford the estimated $250,000 price tag for a ride on Virgin Galactic’s vehicles when they come into operation.

“Things like that are out of reach of most of us,” he said. “But giving people an experience that focuses on New Mexico’s space history, space tourism and space entertainment at Spaceport America, I saw a need.”

In addition to the SOF-2 project from New Mexico State University, which Martinez worked on, other payloads on Friday’s launch included:

Maraia Earth Return Capsule from NASA Johnson Space Center. This experiment tested a re-entry capsule being developed to return small satellites and individual payloads from orbit on-demand.

AVA from NASA Ames Research Center. This was a test of a developmental, low-cost avionics package, which will ultimately be used to monitor and control launcher systems designed for small satellites.

Green Propellant experiment from Purdue University. This experiment studied surface tension behavior of a new “green” rocket propellant in low gravity. Results will be used to validate propellant management devices applicable to both geostationary and interplanetary spacecraft.

Jason Gibbs may be reached at 575-541-5451 or jgibbs@lcsun-news.com. Follow him on Twitter @fjgwriter.

ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERY BUBBLES WITH PROMISE FROM ARROWHEAD’S FUNDING

DATE: 11/09/2015

WRITER: Vicki L. Nisbett, 575-642-1334, vnisbett@yahoo.com

CONTACT: Theresa Lombard, 575-646-2791, tlombard@nmsu.edu

A transition to hydrogen as a major fuel in the next 50 years could fundamentally transform the U.S. energy system, according to the National Research Council, and a surprise discovery at New Mexico State University may speed that transformation.

David Johnson was a doctoral candidate in 2007 working on lab experiments for his dissertation in molecular biology at NMSU when he unexpectedly identified a biopolymer that could result in safer hydrogen storage.

Johnson, who now has his doctorate and is working at the NMSU Institute for Energy and Environment, was working on a National Science Foundation-funded grant to find a unique hydrogen-producing microbial community when he noticed some unusual bubbles forming in the reactor.

The bright white bubbles were forming a biopolymer that NMSU biology researcher and professor Geoffrey Smith didn’t recognize.

This biopolymer was also capturing and storing hydrogen as the gas was being produced. With a tight molecular structure that made it impermeable to hydrogen, the biopolymer also demonstrated elastomeric properties that are similar to natural rubber.

Smith screened the polymer against thousands of known compounds, but it wasn’t clear what organisms produced the polymer.

“We then sampled the polymer bubble with a gas-tight syringe and injected samples into a gas chromatograph,” Smith said. “We found hydrogen gas, along with some other gases, in the bubbles.”

Hydrogen, the smallest molecule in the universe, is hard to contain because of its size and corrosive properties. Expensive PVC piping and stainless steel materials are currently being used for hydrogen storage and transport, but hydrogen diffusion erodes metals over time, causing them to become brittle. This leads to structural failures in storage and transporting piping.

The polymer’s properties encouraged Smith to think of potential applications.

In 2009, through NMSU’s Launch proof-of-concept program at Arrowhead Center, Smith connected with Michael Townsand, a master’s biology lab researcher. Townsand reviewed Johnson’s dissertation notes to try and replicate the serendipitous discovery.

Townsand proved that the polymer producer was a yeast, and was able to replicate the biopolymer production after simplifying the production feeding the yeast sugar under specific temperature and pH conditions in a process that came to be termed “biohydrogenesis.”

“The enzymes inside of the cell are the essence of biotechnology,” Smith said, “which is harnessing natural processes that synthesize and export the polymer outside the cell.”

To protect the technology, Smith turned to Arrowhead Center’s Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, and has applied for a patent for the polymer, now known as Hydromer. Arrowhead’s director of intellectual property and technology transfer, Terry Lombard, is working with Smith on commercializing Hydromer as a coating material will allow for low maintenance costs and high durability for hydrogen storage.

“Dr. Smith’s Hydromer technology is expected to provide a safe hydrogen storage method that may overcome some of the existing concerns with hydrogen transport,” Lombard said, “and move the trend and experiments with hydrogen-fueled vehicles quicker to commercialization and the marketplace.”

With funding from the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program, Sandia National Laboratories is working to provide testing and validation of Hydromer’s heat resistance, tensile strength and hydrogen permeability, along with other characteristics critical for safe hydrogen transport and storage, and for hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

“The Hydromer project is a great example of collaboration resulting in a more vibrant, innovative and entrepreneurial landscape in New Mexico,” said Griselda Martinez, NMSBA’s program manager for Arrowhead. “It is intellectual property created by a faculty member at NMSU, who is working with Arrowhead Center on licensing and funding opportunities and receiving technical support through the NMSBA program at Sandia.”

AREA ENTREPRENEURS INVITED TO PITCH IDEAS AT THIRD STARTUP WEEKEND AT NMSU

Date: 11/04/2015

Writer: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University will host its third Startup Weekend Las Cruces event for current and future entrepreneurs hoping to receive feedback on their startup business idea.

Innovation strategist Estela Hartley will be the featured speaker at this year’s Startup Weekend Las Cruces event.

This year’s event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and culminate with judging and awards on Nov. 15 at Arrowhead Park, 4605 Research Park Circle in Las Cruces. Tickets are $75, and tickets for high school and college students are $25. Cost includes meals, refreshments and prizes. Startup Weekend Las Cruces is the only startup event taking place in Southern New Mexico. Participants from around the region are welcome to attend.

The Startup Weekend event features teams forming around top ideas and spending 54 hours creating business models, code, design and market validation. Each team will then present their project before a panel of judges, including Bobby Lutz, NMSU alumnus, CFO and owner of G.L. Seaman and Company, and member of the NMSU Foundation Board and the Arrowhead Advisory Council; John Hummer, co-founder, executive board member and President of The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Albuquerque business owner Amy Bigbee.

The event’s featured speaker on Saturday is Estela Hartley, an innovation strategist who works with startups, established businesses and nonprofit organizations to solve complex problems and design meaningful businesses, products, and services using new frameworks, tools and practices. She will speak about customer interviews.

Hartley specializes in collecting consumer insights and designing business models and customer experiences that create new value and significantly improve outcomes for all stakeholders.

She is a native New Mexican and earned a bachelor of community health from NMSU before studying healthcare interior design at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago. She earned an MBA in design strategy from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences at NMSU.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) is donating a $1,000 prize to the ultimate statewide winner, who will then be eligible to compete at the Global Startup Battle.

Participants may include software developers, designers and people with a background in business, marketing and public relations.

Zetdi Runyan Sloan, director of the Arrowhead Technology Incubator and lead organizer for Startup Weekend Las Cruces, said the winner of the statewide competition will not only receive regional press coverage, but national recognition as well.

“This year’s organizing team, made up of volunteers from the public and private sector, are thrilled to see so much support extended by the Las Cruces business community,” Sloan said. “Restaurantpreneurs, realtors, technologists, nonprofits and others have all recognized the benefit of encouraging entrepreneurism through events like Startup Weekend, and are actively contributing to its success as sponsors, volunteers and supporters. NMEDD’s support of this year’s Startup Weekend is very unique and, to our knowledge, is the first of its kind. We’re excited to have an opportunity like this extended to our local entrepreneurs.”

To register for Startup Weekend Las Cruces, or for more information,

The NMSU College of Engineering has made eight scholarships available for students to attend this year’s event. For information about discounts, scholarships and sponsorships, contact Sloan at 575-646-7833 or zrunyan@nmsu.edu.

Similar events will be hosted in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of community leaders and entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The nonprofit organization is headquartered in Seattle, but Startup Weekend organizers can be found in cities around the world.

ARROWHEAD LAUNCHES NEW GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM FOR NMSU, LAS CRUCES COMMUNITIES

Excerpt from article by Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University recently launched a new program offering graphic design services, education and networking.

Craftbox Design, led by Arrowhead Senior Graphic Designer and Visual Communication Leader Peter Knapp, is working to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.

“We noticed that more and more Arrowhead clients were seeking help with basic design functions, things like logos, business cards and website development,” Knapp said.

Craftbox specializes in branding, print design and web design, with an emphasis on promotional materials and website application. An online portfolio of sample work is available at Craftbox’s website, http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/craftbox/.

Craftbox is also offering opportunities to learn more about the design field and network with professionals and peers at monthly “Design Hours” gatherings. Discussions include in-person and virtual sessions with well-known designers and members of the Graphic Artists Guild, a New York City-based organization committed to advancing the design industry with educational and career development resources for design professionals and students.

Craftbox is just one of Arrowhead Center’s programs promoting the importance of regular networking. Studio G, a business incubator for student entrepreneurs, holds weekly Networking Hours, where attendees hear a brief lecture or presentation, then talk with one another about their respective projects.

“I was really impressed with the learning and community-building I saw at Studio G’s Networking Hours, where entrepreneurs are gathering for education and discussion. I wanted to provide something similar to on-campus and local designers,” said Knapp.

NMSU Researchers Work To Solve Infrastructure Challenges, Members Of New Engineering Research Center

Date: 11/02/2015

Writer: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu

In August, New Mexico State University was announced as one of four universities in a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center to develop advances in geotechnical engineering that will provide solutions to some of the world’s biggest infrastructure development and environmental challenges.

NMSU civil engineering professor Paola Bandini, right, works in her laboratory with graduate students Hend Hussien Al-Shatnawi, left, and Rachelle Mason. Bandini was honored at the NMSU Scholarly Excellence Rally Oct. 30. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

NMSU’s College of Engineering joins a consortium of university, industry and government partners, led by Arizona State University. The $18.5 million NSF award establishes the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) to expand the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering.

Paola Bandini, NMSU civil engineering associate professor, CBBG co-principal investigator and leader of the center’s work at NMSU, was honored at NMSU’s Scholarly Excellence Rally Friday, Oct. 30. She is directing the center’s work on infrastructure construction, one of four research thrusts of the program.

Engineers and scientists at NMSU, ASU, Georgia Tech and the University of California, Davis are collaborating to develop methods to use or mimic biological processes for engineering the ground in ways that reduce construction costs while mitigating natural hazards and environmental degradation.

“The Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics will learn from nature,” Bandini said. “We will learn from biological processes. Nature has had 3.8 billion years of evolution to develop and perfect, very elegant, efficient solutions to problems.

“We’re going to learn from those biological processes to improve the methods and find solutions for infrastructure-related construction, maintenance and operations; to reduce the carbon footprint of our construction methods; to reduce the ecological and environmental impact of industries like mining and construction; and to make better and more sustainable use of the non-renewable resources we have,” she said.

The center’s four research thrusts include hazard mitigation, environmental protection and restoration, infrastructure construction and resource development.

The second main objective of the center is to inspire a diverse group of engineers and scientists to provide the associate workforce necessary for this new field of biogeotechnical engineering.

“In addition to the university partnership, we have education, outreach and diversity partners including community colleges, school districts and science museums that will work with us to deliver the educational materials that we will develop through the center,” Bandini said. “The CBBG also includes a strong partnership program with private industry and government agencies like state departments of transportation, cities and counties that are owners and managers of the civil infrastructure.”

The center has more than 12 companies and state government agencies confirmed as industrial partners to support the research initiatives along with 15 universities from across the globe.

A multidisciplinary team of nine NMSU researchers specialized in civil engineering, geotechnical and environmental engineering, computer science, geological sciences and biology will participate in various CBBG projects.

In the first year, NMSU research projects will include bio-inspired soil reinforcement, a study of the mechanisms of root growth and mechanical reinforcement in unsaturated soil; bio-enhanced removal of contaminants in groundwater; revegetation of degraded top soils, stripped lands or salinized and eroded soils; and development of self-motile probe for multi-sensor deployment for subsurface investigations.

In addition, NMSU’s Arrowhead Center will help implement technology transfer and pursue patents for technologies created at NMSU through CBBG’s research.

The NSF award will fund the center for five years. NSF support can be continued for an additional five years; following that period the center is expected to become self-supporting.

To learn more about the CBBG,

Resilience In New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meeting In Roswell Set For Dec. 2

Date: 11/16/2015

Writer: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University and New Mexico First are joining forces to help develop a strategic plan to maintain a resilient New Mexico food and agricultural system.

The first in a series of Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture regional meetings will be in Roswell from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. Lunch will be served at each meeting.

Ten additional regional meetings will be held around the state between December 2015 and March 2016.

“It takes a diverse network of farmers, ranchers, processors, distributors and market organizers to make a difference in the future of agriculture,” said Michael Patrick, NMSU’s Extension specialist and Arrowhead Center economic development coordinator. “We’re encouraging anyone interested in this strategic plan to join us to discuss their best ideas for ensuring a robust food and agriculture system in New Mexico.”

The information will be compiled into a background report on the state of agriculture in New Mexico, which will be used by a task force to develop the Resilience in New Mexico Food and Agriculture Strategic Plan.

“The plan will foster a food and agricultural system capable of withstanding new challenges,” Patrick said, “while advancing a strong and growing export-oriented commodity agriculture sector and a robust local food system of small- to medium-sized family farms and ranches producing locally grown food to meet the growing consumer demand in the state for local food.”

The project will result in the formation of multi-stakeholder groups who are committed to implementing the plan in order to ensure the resiliency of the food and agriculture system in New Mexico.

There is no registration fee for the meeting, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register and learn more, visit nmfirst.org/events/resilience-in-new-mexico-agriculture. For additional information, call 505-225-2140 or emailinfo@nmfirst.org.

Studio G client Taylor Burgett received national news coverage today on Fox News for his app Greenie
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SBIR/STTR INNOVATION SUMMIT

When: December 1, 2015 - February 3, 2016

Where: JW Mariott 110 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

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When: December 4, 2015

Where: Arrowhead Center 3655 Research Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88003

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Where: Arrowhead Center 3655 Research Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88003

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