New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference set for Dec. 17

October 27, 2014

New Mexico growers will have a chance to learn the latest on topics ranging from soil conservation and alternative crops to the use of unmanned aircraft systems for rangeland monitoring during the annual New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference Dec. 17 in Roswell.

“This yearly conference rotates around the state and addresses topics in sustainable agriculture of special interest to local agricultural professionals,” said Stephanie J. Walker, vegetable specialist for New Mexico State University’’s Cooperative Extension Service. Eight presentations are planned for the daylong event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to about 4 p.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. Admission to the conference is free.

Connie Maxwell of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’’s Agricultural Research Service at the Jornada Experimental Range will present a session on using unmanned aircraft systems for rangeland monitoring at 8:45 a.m.

At 9:30, Mark Marsalis, superintendent at NMSU’’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, will present “Alfalfa Production: Back to Basics.”

At 10:30, Andres Cibils, of NMSU’’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences, will present “Targeted Grazing with Small Ruminants to Suppress Rangeland Weeds.” Sangu Angadi, of NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will present “Alternative Crops for Challenging Climates” at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch, which will be provided on site.

At 1 p.m., Robert Flynn, of NMSU’’s Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, will present “Remembering Soil Conservation Practices Under Limited Water Conditions.” At 1:45 p.m., David Augustine, of USDA’’s Agricultural Research Service, will speak on “Drought Management Strategies for Western Great Plains Rangelands: Flexibility for Complex Decision Making.”

An afternoon break and booth display will follow at 2:30 p.m.

At 2:45 p.m., Joel Brown of the USDA’’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, will speak on “Making Grazing Land Management Decisions – Uncertainty is the Only Thing You Can Count On.” The final session of the day will be at 3:30 p.m. Jeanine Chavez Eden of the New Mexico Chile Certification Program will present “Sustaining Chile Through Brand Recognition – New Mexico Certified Chile.”

With support from WSARE (the Western region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program) admission to this event is free of charge, however preregistration at the NM WSARE website ( is requested.

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