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NMSU's Chaves County Extension to offer pesticide applicator workshop Nov. 2

ROSWELL, N.M. - New Mexico State University's Chaves County Cooperative Extension Service in Roswell is hosting a pesticide applicator continuing education workshop Nov. 2 that will offer participants the latest information on pests and how to control them.

Pesticide applicator license holders will earn five continuing education units by attending the entire program.

"The topics being discussed at this workshop are going to provide really pertinent information that will serve the people in this area," said Sandra Key Barraza, agricultural agent for Chaves County Extension. "It is really important for people to stay up-to-date on insect pest and weed management and the laws and regulations on applying pesticides."

At the workshop, Woods Houghton, Extension agricultural agent for Eddy County, will discuss why pesticides fail to work.

Carol Sutherland, NMSU Extension entomologist, will give information on the biology and control of insect pests threatening pecan and pistachio crops. She will also give updates on insect pests of New Mexico crops in general.

Keith Duncan, Extension brush and weed specialist, will talk about the control of woody plants.
The workshop will wrap up with Steve Baca, senior inspector for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, who will address pesticide laws and regulations.

The speakers will be available to answer questions after the workshop.

The program will be held at the Chaves County Farm and Livestock Bureau Building at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the workshop will end at 3 p.m. There will be a lunch break during the workshop, but food will not be provided.
For more information or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service, contact Barraza at 575-622-3210.