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Composting Workshop Set Nov. 5 in Las Cruces and Santa Fe

LAS CRUCES New Mexicans can take part in a satellite broadcast and workshop called "Composting: A Tool for Western Agriculture." -- The event, the first of three workshops, will be held Nov. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Las Cruces and Santa Fe.

The satellite broadcast will include an overview of on-farm composting in the West. It will look at the economic benefits and costs of on-farm composting, such as improved handling of farm residue and added farm revenue. Agricultural composters will discuss some of the environmental advantages and concerns of composting.

Robert Flynn, an agronomist with New Mexico State University's Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, will host the Las Cruces conference in Room 169 of Milton Hall on the NMSU campus.

Greg Baker, of the New Mexico Environment Department, will host the Santa Fe conference in room South 1050 of the Runnels Building, at the corner of St. Francis and Alta Vista streets.

Participants can register with Baker at (505) 827-2780 or with Flynn at (505) 748-1228. Seating in Santa Fe is limited to the first 12 people. A $10 workshop fee will be waived for those who register by Oct. 30.

The next workshop will be held Jan. 14 and will cover "Compost: A Resource for Western Agriculture." Growers will explore some of the potential benefits of using compost, Flynn said.

For more information about composting in New Mexico, contact Flynn.