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NMSU Small Farm Conference slated for Oct. 24-25 in Moriarty

MORIARTY - The second annual New Mexico Small Farm Conference will provide vital information to help livestock and agricultural producers to make important decisions in running their existing farm and ranch or in starting a new one.

The two-day conference on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, at the Moriarty Civic Center is sponsored by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Small Farm Task Force, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, and New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. Admission is $10 each day. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with the welcoming speeches at 9 a.m. and the information sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

"We have some very important information featured in each of the three categories of agriculture, livestock and alternative energy," said Del Jimenez, NMSU Extension specialist and chair of the organizing committee. "During these tough economic times, we hope the information provided will help farmers and ranchers make good financial decisions for their farms."

The conference will include a report on the acequia agriculture hydrology research obtained in north central New Mexico during a NMSU study. A representative of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission will also speak on issues related to the agricultural community.

Topics during the 30 agriculture sessions range from how to get started in farming and ranching, financial hazards of small farms and how to avoid them, insurance product for small farms, alternative methods for preserving agriculture properties for future generations and inheritance and legacy planning, to using alternative energy on the farm including water windmills, wind and solar power. Additionally, they will discuss the basic how-to for growing brambles, vegetable gardening in the fall, composting on the farm, raising poultry on small farms and establishing a health program for small livestock herds as well as an update on tricaminiosis and livestock TB in the state.

Celebrating the Harvest of New Mexico, three home economics sessions will include hands-on demonstrations for cooking with pinto beans, pecans, pumpkins, apples and making red-chile ristras. Craft sessions will be held to demonstrate how to make corn husk dolls and bring new life to old denim jeans.

During an ongoing health fair people will be able to have their blood pressure and glucose checked on Friday and visit the Lions Club Eye Bus on Saturday for free examinations.

Among the speakers welcoming the participants each day will be Moriarty Mayor Adan Encinas, Steven Anaya, NMSU Board of Regents vice president, and Jon Boran, NMSU Extension Service director.