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NMSU students to assist community members with plant problems

New Mexico State University’s Diagnosing Plant Disorders class will be holding a community outreach event on Monday, Oct. 16, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.


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The 2017 Diagnosing Plant Disorders class in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University will hold a community outreach event on Monday, Oct. 16, starting with a plant diagnosis neighborhood walk along Idaho Street, then heading to Young Park to help members of the community with plant problems and questions. (Courtesy photo by Belinda Williams)

The event will start with a plant diagnosis neighborhood walk. Students will discuss with homeowners about any plant problems or questions they may have. They will be walking along Idaho Street, starting from Locust Street and ending at Young Park. After the diagnosis walk, students will gather at Young Park and address any plant problems and questions from people in the community.

Soum Sanogo is the course instructor of the Diagnosing Plant Disorders class in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

“The event is about challenging students and giving them the opportunity to serve the community using the skills they have acquired in the classroom,” Sanogo said.

The students will be assisted by Sanogo and other professors and professionals from NMSU, including entomologist Carol Sutherland, plant diagnostic clinician Jason French, Extension weed specialist Leslie Beck and professor of horticulture and plant mineral nutrition Geno Picchioni.

Homeowners on Idaho Street wanting the students to go to their homes may contact Sanogo by phone at 575-640-6484, or by email at ssanogo@nmsu.edu.