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Annual Southwest Turfgrass Conference Oct. 24-27 in Ruidoso

ALBUQUERQUE - New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and the Southwest Turfgrass Association will hold a turfgrass conference and trade show Oct. 24-27 at the Ruidoso Convention and Civic Events Center.

The conference, a yearly event that began in 1955, provides information about turfgrass management in the difficult conditions of the Southwest.

"It's a great opportunity for participants to gain research-based knowledge to improve turfgrass management practices," said Curtis Smith, horticulture specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service and executive director of the Southwest Turfgrass Association.

The conference will include more than a dozen presentations on topics such as grass varieties, weeds, diseases, soils and pesticide safety. Speakers will include Extension specialists and guest presenters from New Mexico and other states.

Among the out-of-state speakers are Gene Taylor of Texas A & M University, Dave Kopec of the University of Arizona and Jerry Oglesby of the Dallas office of the Environmental Protection Agency. Among the NMSU presenters is Lowell Catlett, an internationally known agricultural futurist. Bernhard Leinauer, NMSU's new Extension turfgrass specialist, will be introduced at the conference.

About 450 people are expected to participate in the conference and trade show this year. The event will include about 60 exhibitors of products ranging from sand and gravel, irrigation and chemical products to seed, turf and compost and aquatic supplies.

Registration costs $130 and includes two lunches, a breakfast, trade show admission and membership in the turfgrass association. A golf tournament will also be held Oct. 24 for association members.

For more information, contact Curtis Smith at (505) 275-2576 or by e-mail at cusmith@nmsu.edu.