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NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas hosting monthly Bug Nights

LOS LUNAS, N.M. - Is this bug friend or foe? That and many other questions will be answered during monthly outdoor Bug Nights at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas, 1036 Miller Road in Los Lunas.

The first class will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, with additional events planned for the first Wednesday of each month throughout the growing season.

"These events will provide local growers with a hands-on opportunity to learn about common pests and beneficial insects associated with various fruit and vegetable crops," said Tess Grasswitz, NMSU urban small farm integrated pest management specialist. "Participants will learn how to recognize the various insects and the damage they cause, and learn different approaches to controlling the pests."

The events are co-hosted by the agricultural science center and NMSU's Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service.

"An indoor introductory session will be followed by a walking tour of various crops to view different insect problems," said Kyle Tator, Valencia County Extension agricultural agent. "The programs are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food & Agriculture under their Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program.

To reserve your spot in the free workshop, pre-register by calling Brenda at the Extension office, 505-565-3002.