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Integrated pest management topic of NMSU-hosted Western Region SARE workshop

LAS CRUCES - Managing pests is an ongoing problem for agricultural producers. With the realization that excessive use of chemicals can impact the environment negatively, agricultural researchers are finding ways to eliminate the pest through integrated, pest-management programs.

Such management programs will be addressed during New Mexico State University's fifth annual Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Western SARE) workshop. NMSU College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will host the one-day event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Best Western Mission Inn, 1765 South Main St., Las Cruces. Registration fee is $20. Participants may earn continuing education credit and certified crop advisor credit.

"Integrated pest management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to manage pests by thoroughly understanding the pest's life cycle and applying timely and effective cultural, physical and chemical methods to manage the pest while minimizing the impact to the environment," said Stephanie Walker, New Mexico Western SARE coordinator and NMSU Extension vegetable specialist. "Each year we strive to present topics of particular interest for sustainable production in the Southwest. Integrated pest management is one of these critical areas. There is an impressive lineup of speakers who will discuss serious insect, weed and disease challenges and how to cope with them in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way."

Following the welcome by Walker and opening remarks by Natalie Goldberg, interim department head, NMSU Extension Plant Science's topics of discussion will include:

•Precision Agriculture by Joe Ellington, professor, biological control of insects, NMSU entomology, plant pathology and weed science.
•IPM for Pecan Orchards and Other Nut Crops by Richard Heerema, NMSU extension pecan specialist.
•Biological Control of Alfalfa Weevil by Jane Pierce, extension entomologist, NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia.
•Integrated Weed Management by Jamshid Ashigh, extension weed specialist.
•Cover Crops for Attracting Beneficial Insects: Can they work in arid environments by Tessa Grasswitz, small farms IPM specialist at NMSU's Agriculture Science Center at Los Lunas.
•Solving Integrated Ag Problems through Competitive Grants: Western SARE's grant program by Jim Freeburn, Western SARE regional training coordinator.
•Organic Producers Program and Orchard IPM by Ron Walser, urban small farm/fruit specialist at NMSU's Agriculture Science Center at Los Lunas.
•Who's On My Side: Insects to the Rescue by Carol Sutherland, extension entomologist and New Mexico Department of Agriculture state entomologist.
•Vegetable Crop IPM by Joran Viers, Bernalillo County Extension urban horticulturalist.
•Crop Rotation: How it assists with IPM by Steven Guldan, superintendent at NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

To register, contact Mary Curtis at marcuti@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-8085. For information regarding accommodation or directions to the event, contact Jeanine Castillo at rjeanine@nmsu.edu or (575) 202-8728.