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NMSU hosts Santa Fe workshop on alternative crops in New Mexico

SANTA FE - Innovation is a key component to running a successful farming operation. The introduction of new, alternative crops is an important part of sustainable agriculture in New Mexico.

To help farmers stay abreast of the latest information, a workshop on Alternative Crops for New Mexico will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. The event is being co-hosted by New Mexico State University's Extension Plant Sciences Department and the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) program.

The event will be at the Santa Fe County Cooperative Extension Service Office at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Road in Santa Fe. Admission is $30, which includes lunch.

"Each year we strive to present topics of particular interest for sustainable production in the Southwest," said Stephanie Walker, Extension vegetable specialist. "This year's focus will be alternative crops in New Mexico. There's an impressive lineup of speakers and topics for this workshop."

Topics being addressed during the event are:

-"A user friendly guide to berry production in New Mexico," presented by Ron Walser, urban small farm and fruit specialist.

-"Alternative tree nut crops for New Mexico," presented by Richard Heerema, Extension pecan specialist.

-"Canola as an alternative crop," presented by Sangu Angadi, crop stress physiologist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.

-"Alternative crops and creative marketing: Like Western SARE - not business as usual," presented by Jim Freeburn, University of Wyoming and WSARE regional training coordinator.

-"Top vegetable varieties for New Mexico organic production," presented by Pauline Pao, technician and senior research specialist for NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences department.

-"Growing and transitioning herbs to dye production," presented by Kate Blanchard, medicinal herb producer and fiber artist from Youngsville, N.M.

-"The emerging Chinese herb market: prospects for New Mexico," presented by Jean Giblette, director of High Falls Gardens in Philmont, N.Y.

This event is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts by the College of Agriculture and Home Economics to educate and inform people of issues and best operating practices for crop production and livestock operation.

Contact Mary Curtis at (575) 646-1715 to register. For questions regarding directions or accommodations, contact Jeanine Castillo at (575) 202-8728.