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NMSU experts will offer information on farm, ranch topics at annual Ag Expo Feb. 20-21

PORTALES, N.M. ? Farmers and ranchers will find information about everything from raising cattle and growing succulents to setting up a water-harvesting system at the 23rd annual New Mexico Ag Expo.


The expo will be Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 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 the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.

?The Ag Expo is in its 23rd year of providing quality information to producers,? said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County agriculture agent for NMSU?s Cooperative Extension Service and chairman of New Mexico Ag Expo. ?This is a great opportunity to take a look at new ideas and visit with companies directly servicing the ag industry.?

On Feb. 20, Connie Moyers, home economist with the Extension Service in Roosevelt County, will present ?Simply Prepared Meals & Menus.? Also on Feb. 20, Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist, will give cattle ranchers some options about replacement females in the herd, and Kircher and Moyers will present ?Water Harvesting and Making Your Own Rain Barrel.?

Other presentations on Feb. 20 include a look at cover crop choices, and limitations imposed by residual and in-season herbicides, by Calvin Trostle of Texas Agri-Life; and ?Soil Testing & Chemical Fertilizer Management for Small Grains? also by Trostle.

Rotary Club of Portales will provide a chuckwagon lunch.

Kyle Dillard, of Milnesand, New Mexico, will provide presentations in the morning and afternoon on Feb. 20 about working with stock dogs.

On Feb. 21, Moyers will present ?Crazy About Succulents and Farm House Treasures.? Jason Turner, NMSU Extension horse specialist, will provide an update on equine supplements and nutraceuticals. Other presentations that day will include ?Advance Your Horsemanship? by Trevor Carter of Farwell, Texas; a mounted shooting demonstration by Kathy Hollmann-Ellsworth, world champion mounted shooter; and ?Xeriscaping and other Low Maintenance Ideas for Improving Your Yard? by Curt Jaynes of the Garden Source.

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.

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/.