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NMSU sets Ag Days Degree program for Dec. 15 and 16 in Clovis

CLOVIS – New Mexico State University’s popular Ag Days Degree Program is on the move.

“Our constituents spoke and we listened. After two years in Las Cruces, the Ag Days Degree program will move to different locations throughout the state each year,” said Marcy Wade, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service livestock specialist. “This year, Ag Days will be held in Clovis.”

The two-day program in a classroom setting will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 15 and 16, at the Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. Registration is 8 a.m. each day with classes beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Ag Days Degree Program is for anyone interested in learning the fundamental concepts of agriculture industries. Topics of the classes include introduction to ruminant nutrition, fundamentals of crop science, forages, soil science, how to monitor range conditions and principles of agriculture economics.

The selection of courses will be available in three different tracks. People will be able to choose one course within a track or attend all the courses in a specific track. The tracks are:
• Agronomy/forage, which will cover topics related to farming row crops, forage production, soil management and agricultural economics of commodities.
• Animal science, which will teach the fundamentals in bovine management and husbandry, including nutrition, animal health and handling and reproduction.
• Natural resource management, which is designed to train and demonstrate the benefits of record keeping, resource management monitoring and U.S. Department of Agriculture program updates.

Visit nmbeef.nmsu.edu for a complete list of courses.

“Hands-on labs are also a popular component of the two-day program,” Ward said. “This year, attendees will have their choice of plant identification, implementing USDA’s Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program monitoring, principles of artificial insemination, or pesticide/herbicide use in crops and forages.”

Registration fee is $65 prior to Dec. 10 and $75 at the door. Fee includes materials and meals. To register online, visit nmbeef.nmsu.edu. For additional information, contact Ward at maward@nmsu.edu or 575-644-3379, or Luther Dunlap at dldunlap@nmsu.edu or 575-763-6505.