McKenzie Stock WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

McKenzie Stock WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

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McKenzie Stock

McKenzie Stock

WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

I am a Master’s student at NMSU studying Plant & Environmental Science at ACES College. I am also a researcher in Dr. Nicole Pietrasiak’s Lab. I want to focus my thesis on mycorrhizal fungi in the pecan orchard soils in the Southwest. I start learning about the pecan industry by attending the WPGA conference, and I am excited to continue learning. 

I am originally from Michigan, where my grandfather is a cattle rancher and farmer. Agriculture is near and dear to my heart, as is science. I have published research in the Journal of Environmental Engineering and done soil science research on coffee farms in Southern Ecuador. 

Alex Armijo WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Alex Armijo WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

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Alex Armijo

Alex Armijo

WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Meet Alex Armijo a Graduate Student at New Mexico State University. His research focuses on “three species of pecan aphids (yellow complex and black pecan aphid) and what cultural practices influence aphid populations throughout the growing season. He also focuses on economic and physical damage” left by aphids in the Southwest.

Another study he is involved with concerns black pecan aphids and novel approaches to managing and controlling this pest. According to Alex, this study utilizes “OMRI-labeled formulations to find a new management approach that would benefit both organic and conventional growers in the Mesilla Valley.”

Zachery Martin WPGA 2022 Undergrad Scholarship Recipient

Zachery Martin WPGA 2022 Undergrad Scholarship Recipient

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Zachery Martin

Zachery Martin

WPGA 2022 Undergrad Scholarship Recipient

Before graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree from New Mexico Military Institute Junior College in Business Administration and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 2021, Zachary was influenced by his Grandfather’s passion for pecan farming. During his time at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, New Mexico. He volunteered as a ranch hand for the Diamond T out of Hondo, NM, while attending classes from the ranch. Working in ranching during the pandemic has awakened an interest in agriculture. Currently, Zachary is attending New Mexico State University as an undergrad. His field of study is in Agricultural Business Administration. Zac is also part of the NM National Guard Reserves and NMSU ROTC and is a Maintenance Officer assigned to the NM Army National Guard in Santa Fe.

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We would like to thank you for your 2022 WPGA membership and as part of the membership, you are invited to participate in our quarterly webinars. The Webinar that was completed in June of this year has been recently posted to the WPGA Website. The password to view this webinar and older webinars is Cotyledons2022. Webinar recordings are available for streaming.

We are in process of planning our 2023 WPGA Pecan Conference and would like your input as a WPGA Member to hear your input as to how we can improve the conference.  Please take the time to read through our questions and let us know your thoughts.  The WPGA Board of Directors will be meeting soon to plan and finalize the 2023 WPGA Pecan Conference to be held in March 2023.

Thank you for your time and have a great pecan season!

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