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NMSU to host agricultural resource day at Santo Domingo Pueblo Veterans Center

SANTO DOMINGO, N.M. - New Mexico State University's Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project will host an agricultural resource day at Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo. The free resource fair will be Thursday, April 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the pueblo's veterans center, located in the pueblo off of NM Hwy. 22.

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service specialists and agents will present workshops on growing vegetables and soil preparation. Stephanie Walker, Extension vegetable specialist, will present a session on "Growing Vegetables at Your Pueblo," and Cheryl Kent, Bernalillo County Extension agricultural agent, will discuss building productive soil.

Representatives from USDA will give overviews on various programs available to farmers and ranchers.

"This event will provide some important information about the 2012 Agriculture Census, which will help provide more funding for New Mexico agricultural producers," said Joseph Garcia, RAIPAP agriculture agent. "It's important that our Native American and Hispanic farmers and ranchers participate in the census. The data gained from the census goes into the designing of the next federal farm bill, and determines how much funds are provided to the state for the various USDA programs."

Longino Bustillos, deputy director of the National Agricultural Statistical Service, will present information about the agriculture census and explain the importance of minority agricultural producers participating in the census.

Lisa Garay, Farm Service Agency county executive director, and Ana Gomes, Natural Resource Conservation Service agronomist, will present information about current programs and how a producer can apply.

Refreshments will be served during the event. Contact Joseph Garcia at 505-852-4241 or jogarcia@nmsu.edu for more information.