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Earn your Ag Days Degree from NMSU Aug. 2 to 4

Perhaps you want to brush up on your knowledge of cattle anatomy or fire ecology. Maybe you could use a lesson in saddle fitting or plant identification. Learn about all these topics and more at New Mexico State University?s Ag Days Degree program Wednesday, Aug. 2, to Friday, Aug. 4.


Man on horse with cattle in background
A sought-after clinician both nationally and internationally, Curt Pate has been conducting demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, colt starting, horsemanship and safety for over a decade. He will hold a horsemanship clinic as part of New Mexico State University?s Ag Days Degree program Wednesday, Aug. 2. (Photo courtesy Curt Pate)

The NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host the three-day program on the Las Cruces campus. The program is open to the public.

?This is an opportunity for people to come back to school, refresh their knowledge and learn more about various topics,? said Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension Livestock Specialist. ?Ag Days starts with a horsemanship clinic with nationally known instructor Curt Pate, and it ends with hands-on lessons at the NMSU Campus Farm.?

Check-in for the Ag Days Degree program is at 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at the NMSU Livestock Judging Pavilion. A separate, pre-session clinic with Curt Pate is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the same day at the NMSU Horse Farm. The Ag Days Degree program officially begins at 1 p.m. with a stockmanship presentation by Pate, and the day concludes with a cookout for all attendees.

On Aug. 3, participants may choose from a wide range of animal science or natural resources courses at Knox Hall.

Ag Days Degree wraps up with hands-on demonstrations at the NMSU Campus Farm Aug. 4.

The early registration fee is $60, and the deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 1. Day-of registration is $70. The fee for the Curt Pate Horsemanship for Stockmanship Clinic is $50 for riders and $10 to audit. Space is limited to 10 riders. There is no charge for the Curt Pate clinic for participants under age 18 who are auditing the course. Please visit nmbeef.nmsu.edu to register.

For more information, please contact Ward at 575-646-5947 or maward@nmsu.edu.