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NMSU moves Ag Days Degree program to Clovis

CLOVIS ? New Mexico State University?s annual Ag Days Degree program will be held in Clovis this year on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 3 and 4, at the Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd.


?Because of requests from our constituent, we will be moving the Ag Days Degree program to different locations throughout the state,? said Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist. ?Clovis will our first off-campus event.?

Ag Days Degree is a classroom-setting program that allows producers, students and anyone else who is interested to learn fundamental concepts of agricultural industries. Attendees can take courses in animal science, natural resources and agronomy.

?There is something for everyone involved in agriculture at this event,? Ward said. ?The courses include such offerings at introduction to ruminant nutrition, dairy science, the fundamentals of crop science, forages, soil science, how to monitor your range conditions, and principles of agriculture economics.?

Courses will be offered in three different tracks. People will be able to choose all of the courses in a specific track, or take individual courses from each track.

Tracks include:
? Agronomy/Forages: This track will cover topics related to farming row crops, forage production and soil management. There will also be an introductory course in principles of agriculture economics.
? Animal Sciences: This track will cover the fundamentals in bovine management and husbandry. Courses will cover nutrition, reproduction, and animal health and handling.
? Natural Resource Management: This Thursday-only track is designed to train and demonstrate the benefits of record keeping and resource management monitoring. Attendees will also be given an update on U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance programs.

Popular components of the Ag Days Degree program are the tours to area agricultural operations.

?This year, attendees will have their choice of visiting the Freanna dairy and yogurt plant, or the Caviness processing plant on Thursday,? Ward said. ?Friday the tour will visit the NMSU?s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.?

Visit nmbeef.nmsu.edu for more information and to register. Registration is $65 in advance and $75 at the door. Fees include tours, course material and meals. Contact Kathy Bustos at 575-646-3326 for credit card payments.