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Specialty Crop Conference April 5 in Santa Fe

LAS CRUCES - Growing and marketing specialty crops from berries to zucchini will be the focus of an April 5 conference in Santa Fe.

The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. at Cooperative Extension Service facilities on the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds at 3229 Rodeo Road. Registration is $5 before March 17 and $10 thereafter.

"Extension specialists and experienced growers will give presentations on producing grapes, raspberries and blackberries; processing and marketing specialty crops; and controlling diseases and insects," said George Dickerson, Extension horticulture specialist with New Mexico State University.

Other presenters will cover greenhouse production, drip irrigation and growth-enhancing techniques such as using row covers and plastic mulches.

For more information, contact Dickerson at (505) 275-2576 or Pat Torres, Santa Fe County Extension agent, at (505) 471- 4711.