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NMSU to host two workshops on beneficial insects

New Mexico State University will host two free half-day workshops on attracting and retaining beneficial insects at the university's agricultural science centers in Farmington and Tucumcari. The Saturday workshops will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 in Farmington and Sept. 24 in Tucumcari.

"Both centers have recently installed a range of native and cultivated plants that are being assessed for their ability to provide food and shelter for both pollinating insects, such as native bees and honeybees, and predatory insects that can help keep pests under control," said Tess Grasswitz, NMSU's urban and small farm integrated pest management specialist, who will conduct the workshops.

The workshops will include topics such as the biology and recognition of common beneficial insect species, ways of protecting and enhancing their populations, and recommended plants for pollinators and other 'good bugs.'

Each workshop will include an opportunity to view the plant trials and to see the insects in action.

The Farmington workshop will take place at NMSU's Farmington Agricultural Science Center at 300 Navajo Tribal Road 4063. Call 505-960-7757 for directions.

The Tucumcari workshop will take place on at NMSU's Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center at 6502 Quay Rd.

There is no charge to attend either workshop, but pre-registration is requested. Please contact Grasswitz at tgrasswi@nmsu.edu, or 505-865-7340 to register.