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NMSU sponsors annual Ag Expo in Portales, Feb. 19-20

PORTALES, N.M. - The 21st Annual Ag Expo is just around the corner and aims to offer farmers and ranchers a quality educational experience to help them maintain and increase their productivity.


The expo will be held Feb. 19-20 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. New Mexico State University is sponsoring the event, along with local businesses and Dairy Farmers of America.

"This is an outstanding opportunity to attend the trade show, educational seminars and events all in one convenient location," said Patrick Kircher, agricultural agent for NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service in Roosevelt County. "I hope people get the opportunity to learn something they didn't know before that will make an immediate impact in their operation or business."

On Feb. 19, Mark Marsalis, NMSU Extension agronomist, will start out the expo by giving an update on sorghum herbicides.

Also on Feb. 19, Jane Breen Pierce, an entomologist with NMSU, will discuss strategies for insect pest management in hay. Pierce will give an overview of some of the major insect pests in hay including alfalfa weevil, beet armyworm, cutworms, white-fringed beetle and alfalfa caterpillar.

Blair Stringham, NMSU Extension water specialist, will talk about water harvesting.
Also on Feb. 19, Scott Daily, of Daily Horse Training, in Arkansas City, Kan., will offer starting and training techniques for colts.

Monti Vandiver, an integrated pest management specialist with Texas Agri-Life, will offer IPM updates for row crop production.

On Feb. 20, Ted McCollum, a beef specialist with Texas Agri-Life; Manny Encinias, NMSU beef specialist; Kent Mills, a Hi-Pro nutritionist; and Chad Davis, of Davis Ranch, will host a panel discussion on the future of the beef industry.

Connie Moyers, Extension home economist for Roosevelt County, will give ideas on creating simple suppers.

Lawrence Rael, executive state director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, will give an update on the MILC Program.

Also on Feb. 20, Sam Smallidge, NMSU wildlife specialist, will talk about the control of prairie dogs as well as new rules on Rozol, a form of poisoned bait.

Dogs, an integral part of life on the ranch, are used daily for various chores and tasks. There will be a two-day stock dog trial during the expo, showing the skills of trainers and dogs. Trainers will come from multiple states across the Midwest and Southwest.

On both days of the expo, there will be an antique tractor parade and antique tractor games. Exhibits and information booths will be set up throughout the expo.

Kircher said he hopes participants will be able to visit with experts at the expo and have their agricultural questions answered.

The expo opens at 9 a.m. on both days. Continuing education units will be offered for some of the events.

Attendees who have a disability and are in need of an auxiliary aid or service, or anyone needing more information on the expo, can contact the Roosevelt County Extension Office at 575-356-4417 or visit http://www.nmagexpo.com/