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Extension workshop in Tucumcari focuses on current water issues

TUCUMCARI, N.M. - The latest advancements in technology and updates on current water issues in New Mexico will be topics of interest at the annual "Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar" Thursday, Jan. 28, in Tucumcari.

At the annual "Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar" in Tucumcari Thursday, Jan. 28, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service specialists will hold sessions to talk about a variety of topics from designing a water-saving irrigation system to xeriscaping. (Courtesy photo)

The Quay County Cooperative Extension Service, through New Mexico State University, is hosting the event, which aims to educate agricultural producers and homeowners about current issues in their community.

"We hope the people who attend this event will get some educational tips on how to save water and on how important water is as a resource - especially in this area where water is scarce," said Tom Dominguez, Extension agriculture agent.

Extension specialists will hold sessions throughout the morning where they will discuss a variety of topics.

Leeanne DeMouche, Extension water resource specialist, will discuss how to collect and report precipitation data. In a separate session, she will also talk about water conservation in the home.

Craig Runyan, Extension water quality specialist, will give sessions on how to design low-cost, water-saving irrigation systems for small-acreage farms and how to monitor soil moisture in crop production.

Curtis Smith, Extension horticulture specialist, is offering two sessions to talk about xeriscaping.

Dominguez said this annual event is aimed at bringing the public information on the latest technologies available to them to implement in their homes or on their farms and ranches as well as give them up-to-date information about current events that may affect them.

There is no charge to attend the event and lunch will be provided by area businesses.

Between sessions there will be time for participants to visit with local business people who will have exhibits at the seminar.

Registration for the seminar begins at 8 a.m. The sessions begin at 9 a.m., and the lunch program will begin at noon. The luncheon speaker will be New Mexico State Engineer John D'Antonio, who will give the talk "Water for New Mexico."

The event will be at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Anyone with questions can call the Quay County Extension Service at (575) 461-0562.