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Composting Teleconference Set Jan. 14 in Las Cruces and Santa Fe

LAS CRUCES -A satellite teleconference, Compost: A Resource for Western Agriculture, will be shown in Las Cruces and Santa Fe on Jan. 14. The event is the second in a series of three teleconferences.

The two-hour broadcast will include video footage of operations that use compost and live discussions about compost use in Western agriculture, said Robert Flynn, an agronomist with New Mexico State University.

The show will answer questions about the benefits and drawbacks of using compost, considerations for choosing specific compost products and ways to maximize the benefits of using compost, Flynn said.

The broadcast is part of an educational project called Compost Education and Resources for Western Agriculture (CERWA). The project provides comprehensive training and learning activities that include the satellite teleconferences; local workshops and tours; a regional newsletter; an Internet web site; a composting course on the Internet; and resource materials.

Flynn said while there is a great deal of research and practical experience about using compost in soil, the information has not reached all interested producers, compost operators and other agricultural professionals.

CERWA and NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service are filling the gap by providing current information and access to the innovative applications and research involving composting and compost use across the Western region, he added.

The teleconference will begin at 9:30 a.m. at both the Las Cruces and Santa Fe sites.

Those who want to take part in Las Cruces should contact Flynn at (505) 748-1228. The event will be held in room 169 of Milton Hall on the NMSU campus. Participants should register early to get a parking permit. If weather permits, participants also will tour a turf grass site that uses compost.

For those who want to attend the Santa Fe event, register with Greg Baker, of the New Mexico Environment Department, at (505) 827-2780. The event will be held in room A1008 of the Runnels Building at the corner of St. Francis and Alta Vista streets.

A third satellite broadcast, Urhe Future for Agricultural Composting and Compost Use, will take place in fall 1999. It will include in-depth coverage of emerging markets and uses, regulatory trends, economic niches and environmental factors.