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Drip Irrigation Workshops To Be Held For Area Producers In November

LAS CRUCES -- Drip irrigation workshops for agricultural producers will be offered the first week of November in Deming, Hatch and Las Cruces.

The workshops will provide information about drip irrigation costs, technology, practices and benefits.

New Mexico State University, through the recently formed New Mexico Chile Pepper Task Force, is looking into farmers' attitudes and beliefs about drip irrigation. A recent survey by Rhonda Skaggs, NMSU agricultural economist, revealed that although most producers recognize many of the benefits of drip irrigation, few were actually using it.

"These workshops are intended to address concerns of farmers who are growing any number of crops," said Craig Runyan, a water specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "We'll attempt to answer some of the questions that producers might have if they're considering installing a drip system."

Presentations will be given by industry representatives, NMSU specialists and experienced private farmers.

The workshops are sponsored by NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico Chile Pepper Task Force and Agricultural Supply Inc.

Refreshments will be provided prior to the free 6 p.m. workshops, which will be held on Nov. 2, at Agricultural Supply Inc., Columbus Road, Deming; Nov. 3, at Pepper Pot Restaurant, Hall Street, Hatch; and Nov. 4, at Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn, Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces.

Participants may register at the door or preregister by calling 1-800-527-6699, or 646-2875 in Las Cruces.

For more information, call Rich Phillips at 646-2353 or Runyan at 636-1131.