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Workshop focuses on grasshopper management

TUCUMCARI - With the growing season fast approaching, farmers, gardeners and others seeking information about prevention and suppression of grasshoppers will have a chance to get some guidance from professionals at a grasshopper management workshop April 25.

The state office of the Plant Protection and Quarantine Branch of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will conduct an open grasshopper management workshop Wednesday, April 25, at the Tucumcari convention center, 1500 W. Tucumcari Blvd. This workshop will discuss risk management and practical approaches with grasshopper outbreak prevention, intervention and suppression. Participants also will be reminded that not all grasshoppers cause economic losses; some species are actually considered beneficial.

This free workshop is sponsored by APHIS, the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University's Quay County Cooperative Extension Service. Guest presenters are the well-known western states' Extension entomologists Alexandre Latchininsky and Scott Schell. For those who missed last April's presentation in Las Cruces, this is a good opportunity to learn the latest about grasshopper management.

The workshop will start at 9 a.m. and end about 3:30 p.m., including an hour lunch break. NMDA will allow some continuing educational units for those attending this workshop. Contact the Quay County Extension Service office at (505) 461-0562 or Shawn Carson with PPQ at (505) 527-6985, for more information. If you are in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this meeting, please contact Brenda Bishop at (505) 461-0562 by April 20.