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NMSU to host annual pueblo, community agricultural conference

ALBUQUERQUE ? Beekeeping, spring vegetable production and basic organic certification will be the topics of presentations at the New Mexico Pueblo and Community Agriculture Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel west of Albuquerque on Interstate 40.

New Mexico State University?s Southern Pueblo Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program will host the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

?This conference includes a new array of workshops including a special presentation on beekeeping,? said Joseph Garcia, NMSU Extension agricultural agent. ?Producers will gain helpful information on the current programs provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service.?

Presentations will be made on basics of organic certification, fundamentals of beekeeping and extending seasons with hoop houses and spring vegetable productions. Updates will be made by the New Mexico Livestock Board and USDA agencies.

Educational booths from various agencies and programs will provide information.

Lunch will be provided. The conference is sponsored by NMSU?s Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project and the Institute of American Indian Arts? Center for Lifelong Education.

Contact Joseph Garcia or Tory Hougland at 505-852-0480, or Judy Finley at 505-852-2668 to register.