NMSU workshop to focus on sustainable agriculture

Nov 20, 2009
by WLJ
NMSU workshop to focus on sustainable agriculture

The future of sustainable agriculture has never looked more promising or more challenging. Looking to education and funding is one way to meet this challenge.

New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) Extension Plant Sciences Department, in cooperation with the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program, will present a training workshop covering a variety of sustainable agriculture topics. Sustainable agriculture allows profitable production of crops or livestock without adversely affecting soil, water, or the surrounding natural environment.

The one-day workshop, “Innovations in Sustainability: Techniques for New Mexico Agriculture,” will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Socorro County Extension Office, 198 Neal Drive, Socorro. The registration fee is $25, which includes lunch.

“Sustainable agriculture in the Southwest presents unique challenges,” said Stephanie Walker, NMSU Extension vegetable specialist and New Mexico Western SARE coordinator. “This workshop is designed to provide information and techniques that will benefit small and large operations and strengthen our agricultural foundation.”

This practical workshop highlights sustainable agricultural topics related to direct-market beef, soil health, irrigation designs, seed programs and organic vegetable production.

Advanced registration is encouraged. To register, for more information, or if you are an individual with a disability needing an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact Mary Curtis via e-mail at marcurti@nmsu.edu or by phone at 575/646-1715. — WLJ