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Tucumcari Science Center field day Aug. 7 will feature NMSU president

Every year, New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari gathers the NMSU and Tucumcari community for its annual field day, where everyone can enjoy food, visit, learn about the center and its plans for the future.

Sangu Angadi, crop physiologist, talks to attendees at a recent field day about his research at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari. This year?s event will be held Aug. 7. (submitted photo)

The field day this year is set for Aug. 7, and will feature NMSU President Garrey Carruthers as keynote speaker.

The hay wagon tour speakers will include Leah Schmitz, graduate student in Animal and Range Sciences; Jane Breen Pierce, entomologist from the Agricultural Science Center at Artesia; as well as Murali Darapuneni, Tucumcari?s semi-arid cropping systems specialist; Rich Pratt, plant breeder and department head of NMSU?s Plant and Environmental Sciences Department; and Leonard Lauriault, Tucumcari?s science center superintendent.

?Because we have a diverse research program, we will have diverse presentations including annual forages for growing beef heifers, glandless cotton, dryland cropping, tepary beans and alfalfa,? Lauriault said.

The field day is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and the event will end at 9 p.m.

?The Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari belongs to the local community and to our stakeholders statewide,? Lauriault added. ?Because we appreciate their support we want to take every opportunity to prove that their support is well-based by demonstrating our past discoveries and ongoing explorations to increase agricultural knowledge at the local and global levels.?