Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- Raising and marketing specialty crops from raspberries to rheas will be the theme of a conference April 27 in Santa Fe.
The one-day Specialty Crop and Livestock Management and Marketing Conference will be held on the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Speakers will cover production and marketing of herbs, grapes, raspberries, cut flowers, greenhouse transplants and vegetables, as well as unusual livestock.
"Both traditional and unique production techniques will be discussed, including organic, permaculture, and semi-dryland systems," said George Dickerson, horticulture specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "Of particular interest to small livestock producers will be presentations on llama, trout and ratite (ostrich, emu and rhea) production."
Early registration costs $5. Admission the day of the conference is $10. To pre-register before April 22, call Dickerson at (505) 275-2576 or Pat Torres, Santa Fe County Extension agent, at (505) 471-4711.
The conference will be held in the small animal barn east of the county Extension office on the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are about one mile east of Villa Linda Mall on Rodeo Road. (Turn left at Paseo de los Pueblos).
The conference is sponsored by the Santa Fe County Extension office and the plant sciences department of New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics.
If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in these meetings, please call the contact person for the event two weeks in advance.
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