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NMSU to host free Rancher's Roundtable on brush, weed control in Corona Dec. 12

New Mexico State University is hosting a free Rancher's Roundtable to address the control of brush and noxious weeds for cattle and wildlife in Corona Dec. 12.

The roundtable will be held at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability. The discussion is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

"This Rancher's Roundtable is an opportunity for people to get together and discuss their options and choices for clearing brush and controlling weeds across the landscape," said Shad Cox, ranch manager of NMSU's Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. "Attendees will discuss such topics as proper control methods and chemical choices that will benefit both the wildlife and the livestock."

The panelists at the December roundtable are Richard Spencer, beef producer retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service; John Tunberg, a state range conservationist with NRCS; Greg Alpers, with Dow Aerosciences; Kirk McDaniel and Keith Duncan, brush control specialists with NMSU; and Sam Smallidge, an NMSU wildlife specialist. Eric Scholljegerdes, a range ruminant nutritionist with NMSU, will moderate the event.

The Rancher's Roundtable Series is by design participant-driven in direction and content and will take its shape from the questions that are presented. They are designed to help producers deal with the daily challenges they face with their range and herds. Other topics to be addressed at future roundtables include heifer development and marketing.

Registration is not required to attend the workshops. Attendees are welcome to stay as long as needed to get their questions answered. For more information on this or other roundtable seminars, contact Cox at 575-849-1015 or visit http://coronasc.nmsu.edu/.