Summer Ranch Camp Opportunity For Local Teens

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Summer Ranch Camp Opportunity For Local Teens

By Jack Blandford, county program director Luna County extension office.

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service hopes to build on the success of its New Mexico youth ranch management camp when it host the event may 31 to June 5, 2015, at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

The camp, designed for 15 to 19 year old New Mexico youth, is an effort to reverse the aging trend in ranching. Nationally, the average age in the ranching community continues to increase as more young people are opting to leave the ranch for careers outside production agriculture.

The youth selected to attend the camp will receive training in all aspects of ranch management, including reproduction and marketing of beef cattle, wildlife management, and range management.

Visit the camp’s website at for more information and to submit an online application.

Deadline for applications are May 1, 2015. A panel of industry leaders will review the applications and select the participants. Successful applicants must submit a $300 camp fee prior to camp.

Local organizations like the Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Bureau’s, or rotary may be willing to sponsor the camper fee. If you have any questions contact Jack Blandford at 575 – 546 – 8006, or