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ACOMA - New Mexico State University joins the Acoma Cattle Growers Association and the Acoma Livestock Growers Organization in presenting the fourth annual Pueblo of Acoma Agriculture Days, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 14-15, at the tribal auditorium. The sessions are free to the public.
"NMSU specialists will present educational sessions that will benefit agricultural producers to improve their operation," said Joseph Garcia, NMSU Extension Ten Southern Pueblos agent with the Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project. "U.S. Department of Agriculture agency representatives will also be available to provide information and answer questions about their current programs."
Wednesday evening, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a presentation on record keeping for the farm or ranch will be made by Judy Finley, NMSU Extension agriculture and small business development agent with RAIPAP, and a presentation on bull selection will be done by Manny Encinias, NMSU Extension beef cattle specialist.
Thursday's activities will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day's presentations will begin with a resource panel consisting of updates by Richard Montoya of USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service, Lisa Garay of the USDA Farm Service Agency and Desbah Padilla of the Intertribal Agricultural Council.
During the day, one-hour presentations will be made on the following topics:
• Marketing cattle during drought by Encinias.
• Trichomoniasis by John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian.
• Soils and no till farming by John Idowu, NMSU Extension agronomy specialist.
• Animal ID program by Terry Clark, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Ron Parker, New Mexico Livestock Board; and Franklin Martinez, Acoma Land Office.
• Range management by Nick Ashcroft, NMSU Extension range management specialist.
• Wildlife damage management by Sam Smallidge, NMSU Extension wildlife specialist.
Lunch will be provided at 12:15 p.m. Prior to returning to the afternoon sessions, Wendy Brown, NMSU Cibola County Extension home economist, will discuss healthy eating.
For additional information, contact Garcia at 505-852-4241.
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