- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The head of Mexico’s agriculture agency will be visiting New Mexico State University next week.

The university made the announcement Thursday, saying Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa will be on campus Sept. 9. His visit will include the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

The agreement aims to strengthen communication, promote scientific research and collaborate with Latin America, the Caribbean and other countries.

Calzada Rovirosa also will meet with University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and Rolando Flores, the new dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

An NMSU graduate, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed Calzada Rovirosa as the country’s agriculture secretary in August 2015. He previously served as the governor of the Mexican state of Querétaro.

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