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NMSU to co-host Acoma Agriculture Resource Day in July

ACOMA ? Learn ways to make farming and ranching sustainable and enjoy the flavors of a chile cook-off at the sixth annual Acoma Agricultural Resource Day on July 24.

Beef Quality Assurance training will be offered on Thursday, July 23, in conjunction with the ag day. Both events will be presented by New Mexico State University at the Acoma Pueblo Auditorium on Pinsbaari Drive in Skyline-Ganipa.

The events are part of NMSU?s Southern Pueblo Beginning Farmer Rancher program, conducted by Cooperative Extension Service agents with the Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project.

?The sixth annual Acoma Agriculture Resource Day will have an array of workshops to help farmers and ranchers to be sustainable in their operations,? said Joseph Garcia, Extension pueblo agriculture agent with RAIPAP.

The annual Acoma Ag Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 24. The program includes presentations on pasture and alfalfa management, chile production, solar power, horse care and livestock vaccinations; updates by U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies and the Acoma Natural Resource Department; and a chile cook-off.

Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist, will present the Beef Quality Assurance training from 6 to 8 p.m. July 23.

?Producers will learn good management practices to successfully raise cattle with the highest possible meat quality,? said Tory Hougland, NMSU pueblo agricultural agent. ?Becoming BQA certified increases the marketing capabilities of cattle producers, enabling them to increase their profits. All cattle producers are invited to attend this training.?

A free lunch is offered on Friday, with door prizes awarded throughout the day.