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NMSU hosts insect workshop at Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center

LOS LUNAS, N.M. - What is that bug that's eating your vegetables? That and many other questions will be answered during two workshops at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas entitled "What's Bugging You?"

"The two evening events will provide local growers with an opportunity to learn about common pests associated with fruit and vegetable crops," said Tess Grasswitz, NMSU urban small farm integrated pest management specialist. "Participants will learn how to recognize the various insects and the damage they cause, and learn different approaches to controlling the pests."

"An indoor introductory session will be followed by a walking tour of various crops to view different insect problems while discussing control options," said Kyle Tator, Valencia County Extension agricultural agent. The programs are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food & Agriculture under their Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program.

The free workshops will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, and Thursday, Sept. 9, at the agricultural science center located at 1036 Miller Road in Los Lunas. Pre-registration is required because class size is limited. To register for either event, call 505-565-3002.