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Staff Spotlight: Dave Lowry, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

  • By Carlos Andres López
  • 575-646-1955
  • Jan 18, 2022
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Dave Lowry joined NMSU in July 2013 to serve as the farm manager of NMSU’s Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center, a job he held for eight years until he transitioned into a new role within the NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station in July 2021.

Lowry is now the program operations director for the Agricultural Experiment Station’s Farming Operations and the superintendent for the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center, Fabian Garcia Science Center and the Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center.

In his former role as farm manager, Lowry was responsible for all activity at Leyendecker and oversaw a staff tasked with the day-to-day maintenance of the research center. Lowry also worked directly with faculty to facilitate research projects at Leyendecker.

“When faculty have an idea for a research project or acquire funding for a project they would like to conduct on Leyendecker grounds, they would send me details, and we would review it to make sure we would be able to fulfill the requirements of the research,” he said. “Once we work through any obstacles and have any issues lined out, myself and my crew would then put the plan into motion.”

As farm manager, Lowry also hosted classes from NMSU’s main campus and outside organizations interested in agronomy, pest management, tillage and cultivation practices. He said he even hosted a group from Yale University that focused on architecture and engineering in agriculture. 

Lowry said his new role allows him to focus specifically on the farming aspect of each center in the AES system. He said he works with farm managers throughout the state, assisting with any issues they might encounter at their respective ag science centers.

“As a superintendent, I have the pleasure of working with the faculty who utilize our ASCs. I have the responsibility of disseminating the research criteria in a way that makes it practical and applicable to a real-world field trial,” he said. “Sometimes research can get very cumbersome from an application point of view, and this is where I get to work directly with faculty and help find solutions that keep the integrity of the research, but also make it work in terms of field preparation and equipment logistics.”

 Lowry, a long-life agriculturalist, described himself as a “researcher by nature.”

“Every day, I get to collaborate with some of the most intelligent and brightest individuals in their fields of study," he said. “Every once in a while, a project doesn’t quite pan out, but then there are those projects that turn out to be game-changers. Being able to say I was a small part of those projects that have a real and positive impact for our stakeholders in New Mexico and beyond is what it’s all about.”