Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Farm & Ranch exhibit goes ’Beyond the Farm’

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

May 24, 2023


The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces is opening a new exhibit that uses the inspirational stories of seven remarkable individuals to explore the importance of agricultural research in an everchanging world. 

“Beyond the Farm: Groundbreaking Agriculture” opens in the north corridor of the Museum on June 2. A free opening reception with refreshments is planned for 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dr. Rolando Flores, dean of the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, will speak briefly at 1:45 p.m.

 Farmers and ranchers keep us fed, clothed, and sheltered. With fewer farmers, less land in agriculture, and more people to feed, the demand to increase efficiency and productivity is clear. Through the support of land grant universities like New Mexico State (NMSU) in Las Cruces, researchers have increased our quality of life and continue to work towards solving worldwide challenges like hunger and disease.  

 “New Mexico State University has supported the groundbreaking research and discoveries of several agriculturalists and food scientists,” said Farm & Ranch Museum Executive Director Heather Reed. “The individuals featured have a unique story to tell as they overcame challenges, broke barriers, and made contributions to agriculture that paved the way for future scientists and healthier generations.” 

The Beyond the Farm exhibit shares the individual stories of a diverse group of people connected to NMSU, including: 

 Understanding how these groundbreakers impact our lives and our communities is called “Agricultural Literacy.” From creating a new variety of crops to making food safe to eat, scientists are working at research farms to make our lives better. Guests to the exhibit are also invited to learn about the “Pillars of Agricultural Literacy, which include agriculture’s relationship with the environment; food, fiber and energy; animals; lifestyle; technology; and the economy. 

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