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NMSU to host Clovis workshop on successful sustainable agricultural practices

CLOVIS, N.M. - Producers in the Southwest face a unique challenge in sustainable agriculture due to water, salinity and harsh climate factors. New Mexico State University has partnered with Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education to offer a workshop designed to teach practical and successful sustainable practices.

"Innovations in Sustainability: Techniques for New Mexico Agriculture" will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Curry County Fairgrounds Extension building at 1900 E. Brady in Clovis.

"We hope that participants will learn techniques to optimize their agricultural operations through the best management of water, nutrients, crops and animal resources so that farms, dairies and ranches are all profitable and environmentally friendly," said Stephanie Walker, a vegetable specialist with NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences.

Water and nitrogen resources are becoming more scarce and expensive to apply, driving the need for alternative crops and methodologies to maintain productivity and profitability. The workshop will focus on these challenges in eastern New Mexico.

Topics of this year's workshop include water use efficiency and outlook, sustainable dairy production, oil seed crop production, on-farm biofuel processing, managing legumes to maximize nitrogen, and managing eastern New Mexico's most unwanted noxious weeds. NMSU specialists, as well as other experts in the area, will present the information.

Walker said the workshop is geared primarily toward agricultural professionals who work with agricultural producers. However, the topics presented during the workshop cover information that will benefit everyone, from large commercial operations to smaller direct market producers.

There is a $25 registration fee to attend the workshop. Participants can register in advance or pay at the door. Lunch will be provided.

For information on directions and accommodations, and to register, contact Mary Curtis at 575-646-1715 or marcurti@nmsu.edu.

Further information can be found at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/nmwsare and http://www.sare.org.