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NMSU to host weed symposium in Four Corners region

FARMINGTON ? Fighting invasive rangeland weeds takes a community effort. One rancher can only eliminate the unwanted plants from their land, but if a neighbor?s property is infested, it is a losing battle because of windblown seeds.

To help farmers and ranchers in the Four Corners area to come together in the battle, New Mexico State University?s San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service office will host the 22nd annual Four Corners Weed Symposium on Invasive Rangeland Weeds, Tuesday, March 3, at McGee Park, 41 County Road 5568, in Farmington.

?This event is designed to help a variety of people to receive the most up-to-date information from experts in the Rocky Mountain Region,? said Bonnie Hopkins, San Juan County Extension agricultural agent. ?We would like landowners, oil and gas personnel, environmental consultants, weed spraying consultants, and regulators with weed control responsibilities to attend.?

All necessary core continuing education credits for commercial, private and public applicators will be available for both New Mexico and Colorado licensed pesticide applicators. It is a unique opportunity; many Four Corners applicators are licensed in both states, and they can satisfy their annual education requirements by attending this single symposium.

?The attendees will learn about weed identification, application control and safety, state and federal laws, revegetation and much more,? Hopkins said. ?Local and regional vendors will be available to answer question on products, equipment and weed management techniques.?

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The day-long program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be $25, which includes lunch provided by Purple Cow Café at Sutherland Farms.

Topics to be addressed will be:
??Reducing Pesticide Exposure to Protect Yourself and Others,? presented by Sandra McDonald of Mountain West PEST.
??Rangeland Management: Controlling Knapweed and Herbicide Resistance,? presented by Scott Nissen, Colorado State University weed specialist.
??Industrial ROW, Noxious Weeds and Controlling Halogeton,? presented by Barry Wallace, Crop Production Services, Mesa, Arizona.
??New Mexico Department of Agriculture Update,? presented by Erin Worth, NMDA.
??Colorado Department of Agriculture Update,? presented by Dave Gordon, CDA.
??Weed Inventory Tools and 2015 Cost-Sharing Opportunities,? presented by Emily Deyo, San Juan County Soil and Water Conservation District.
??Rangeland Brush Control,? presented by Jeff Tafoya, Bureau of Land Management.
??Sprayer Calibration,? presented by Rod Cook and Frank Ratliff, La Plata and Archuleta counties weed managers.

For more information, contact Hopkins at bhopkins@nmsu.edu or call 505-334-9496.