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NMSU San Juan County Extension will co-sponsor Food System Summit

FARMINGTON, N.M. - A Food System Summit this month will offer a networking opportunity for businesses that contribute - or could contribute - to agriculture in the Four Corners region and the San Juan Watershed.

The summit will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McGee Park at U.S. Hwy. 64 and Road 5568.

"A previous summit helped define some of the issues the region faces in developing a sustainable or 'community' food system," said Bonnie Hopkins, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service's San Juan County agricultural agent.

"All stakeholders, including growers, buyers, transportation providers and local officials, will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and start making professional connections that will, hopefully, lead to growth of the agriculture industry in the Four Corners region."

Keynote speaker for the summit will be Tim Nisly from the Mixing Bowl Kitchen Incubator program in Albuquerque. He will discuss the benefits of value-added products.

Among the presentations, Hopkins will give a short Food and Safety Modernization Act update.

During the two afternoon breakout sessions, participants will choose between agro-tourism, buyers meet growers, or the value-added group topics to be discussed.

The summit is hosted by Four Corners Economic Development and sponsored by NMSU Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture, San Juan County and 4 Corners Car Talk.

Lunch, prepared by Sutherland Farms and the Purple Cow Café, will be available for $10, which will include drink and dessert.