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NMSU, IAIA to host pueblo farmer, rancher conference in Albuquerque March 27-28

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Pueblo Farmer and Rancher Conference will be in Albuquerque this year.


New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and the Institute of American Indian Art’s Land Grant program are hosting the conference Wednesday and Thursday, March 27-28, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1901 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

“There is a full agenda of topics that will provide valuable information to the participants,” said Tory Hougland, NMSU Extension Outreach agricultural agent. “The program is divided into the first day’s sessions focused on farming, and the second day’s sessions focused on ranching.”

Various U.S. Department of Agriculture agency representatives will have a panel discussion to open each day’s sessions. Updates from the agencies will be discussed.

Farming topics will include vegetable selection, soil and cover crops, irrigation management, food safety basics, hoop house production and chile health and production.

Ranching topics will include cow-calf nutrition, when to call a vet, beef cattle marketing, alfalfa and forages, and a calving demonstration.

The free, two-day event is part of the New Mexico Pueblo Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the New Mexico Pueblo Outreach Project, funded by the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach.

Lunch and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required for lunch count. Contact Tory Hougland or Daniel Bird at 505-852-0480, or Augusta Archuleta at 505-852-2668 by March 19 to register.