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NMSU-housed agricultural leadership program begins 15-month trainingNew Mexico Agricultural Leadership program, housed at New Mexico State University, begins a new 15-month training class.

  • By Jane Moorman
  • 505-249-0527
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As Class 11 graduated from the New Mexico Agricultural Leadership program, a new class began the 15-month training recently in Deming. The NMAL program, housed in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, supports men and women within the sectors of agriculture, food and natural resources in New Mexico in furthering their leadership skills. “The program aids participants in the development of skills so they can become stronger and more effective leaders in their industry and communities,” said Claudia Trueblood, coordinator of the program. The program helps participants learn about topics and issues relevant to New Mexico and acquire knowledge about themselves, such as their leadership strengths and approaches, and communication preferences. To accomplish this goal class members participate in direct experiences and interactions with a variety of businesses, social settings and political environments, both domestically and internationally. “We want to develop knowledgeable, multicultural leaders for New Mexico’s food, agricultural and natural resources industries,” Trueblood said. Beginning the program as Class 12 are Jeff Mayberry, Mayberry Farms in Artesia; Sam Hagelstein, First American Bank in Artesia, commercial loan officer; Denise Hayes, accountant, and Eric Nez, bean crop manager, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry in Farmington; Jeff Anderson, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agent in Dona Ana County; Beverly Idsinga, Dairy Producers of New Mexico in Roswell, executive director; Shannon Berry, Ag New Mexico Farm Credit in Clovis, senior relations manager; and Katie Kruthaupt, New Mexico Department of Agriculture in Las Cruces, soil and water conservation district specialist. Members of the 11th class who graduated from the program are Lacy Levine, NMDA program manager, agricultural programs and resources division in Las Cruces; Valerie Huerta, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, regional director in Mora; Newt McCarty, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agent in Valencia County; Ryan Garcia, NAPI assistant corn crop manager in Farmington; Cheri Lujan, East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District district manager in Estancia; Alicia Briggs, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association deputy director in Albuquerque; and Shannon Norris, NMSU College of ACES recruiting and retention coordinator. The NMAL program was founded in 2001 by NMDA and transferred to NMSU in 2008. Alumni of past classes include NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service director Jon Boren, as well as other NMSU College of ACES faculty. The list includes employees of NMDA, U.S. Forest Service, Farm Credit of New Mexico, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and New Mexico Hay Growers Association. Individuals have also been from private industry including ranching, farming, banks and farm equipment and supply companies. Visit for more information about the program.