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NMSU to host conference for Pueblo agricultural producers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico State University Extension specialists will provide the latest information on raising livestock, vegetables, and fruit and berries, as well as ways to market agricultural products, during the annual New Mexico Pueblo and Community Agriculture Conference.

The conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 6-7, at the Bernalillo County 4-H Building, 1510 Menaul NW, Albuquerque.

"This agricultural conference is the result of direct input and direction from our pueblo producers," said Edmund Gomez, director of NMSU's Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project. "With the partnership of NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and several United States Department of Agriculture agencies, we will provide research-based information that is timely and appropriate to the Pueblo agricultural needs."

A highlight the conference is the involvement of youth, including Lincoln Calabaza of Kewa Pueblo (formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo), who is the winner of the national 2010 Native Women and Youth in Agriculture youth essay competition. He was honored at the Intertribal Agriculture Council and Indian Nations Conservation Alliance Agriculture Symposium at Las Vegas, Nevada, in December.

A student at Santa Fe Indian School, Calabaza will present his essay titled "Do Your Reservation Farmers and Ranchers Feed You?" during the luncheon.

"We are also very pleased that youth from Kewa Pueblo Elementary School, who have been involved in a hoop house project, and students from Santa Fe Indian School have registered to attend this conference, thus showing promise from another generation of farmers and ranchers on our native pueblos," Gomez said.

Jon Boren, assistant dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and director of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, will open the conference with greetings on Wednesday. Invocation will be given by Percy Reano of Santo Domingo Pueblo on Wednesday and Anthony Dorame, Jr., of Tesuque Pueblo on Thursday.

The first day's morning sessions include integrated pest management with vegetable crops, hoop house production, building good soils, berry and fruit production, and market development for fruits and vegetables. During the afternoon, there will be two tracks. Track one will address tractor maintenance, implement selection and custom farming. Track two will include rules and regulations for food processing and a session on food preservation.

On the second day, representatives from the USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rural Development and National Agricultural Statistics Service will discuss how their programs can help the producers.

Other sessions will address controlling birds, rodents and predators; beef cattle marketing; current issues of hantavirus; sheep production and marketing; and horse care. Two sessions will feature John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian, discussing bull selection and giving an overview of bovine trichomoniasis.

Registration prior to April 1 is $10 per day. After April 1, registration is $15 for a single day or $25 for both days. Lunch is included. The first 100 people to register will have their fees waived. Registration for the conference may be done by calling August Archuleta at 505-852-2668, or by mailing name, address, phone and e-mail information with registration fee to Archuleta at NMSU CES/RAIPAP, P.O. Box 159, Alcalde, NM 87511.