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NMSU sponsors annual Ag Expo in Portales Feb. 18-19

PORTALES, N.M. - The 22nd Annual Ag Expo once again brings a wealth of information for area farmers and ranchers on topics ranging from cattle health and urban tree care to smart phones and herbicides.

The expo will be Feb. 18-19 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. New Mexico State University is sponsoring the event, along with local businesses and Dairy Farmers of America.

"In this day and age producers need every advantage possible and the Ag Expo provides that opportunity for producers," said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County agriculture agent for NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.

On Feb. 18, Glenda Belcher, home economist with the Extension Service in Curry County, and Connie Moyers, home economist with the Extension Service in Roosevelt County, will present "Creativity with Paint, Pallets & More." Also Feb. 18, Joran Viers, NMSU Extension small farm horticulture agent, will discuss urban tree care and management.

Other presentations Feb. 18 include an herbicide update for the High Plains by Monti Vandiver, IPM specialist with Texas Agri-Life; "Advancing the Green Horse" by Trevor Carter of Carter Ranch Horse in Farwell, Texas; a chuckwagon lunch sponsored by the Portales Rotary Club; and agricultural applications of tablets and smart phones by Jay Yates, Texas Agri-Life risk management specialist.

On Feb. 19, John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian, and Marcy Ward, Extension livestock specialist, will lead a discussion about cattle health and nutrition. Moyers, of the Roosevelt County Extension Office, will present "Semi-Homemade."

Dairy Farmers of America will provide a lunch and feature Peter Vitaliano on Feb. 19. Vitaliano is vice president for Economic Policy & Market Research for the National Milk Producers Federation. He will speak about dairy provisions of the new farm bill.

Kyle Dillard, of Milnesand, N.M., will provide presentations in the morning and afternoon on Feb. 19 about working with stock dogs.

On both days of the expo, there will be an antique tractor parade and antique tractor games. Exhibits and information booths will be set up throughout the expo.

"Don't miss this opportunity to see the newest technology available and listen to leading experts in production agriculture," Kircher said.

The expo and exhibits open at 9 a.m. on both days. Continuing education units will be offered for some of the events.

Attendees who have a disability and are in need of an auxiliary aid or service, or anyone needing more information on the expo, can contact the Roosevelt County Extension Office at 575-356-4417 or visit http://www.nmagexpo.com/.