The latest information in production agriculture, from alfalfa management to advances in dairy production, will be available to participants of the 18th annual New Mexico Ag Expo Feb. 23-24 in Portales.
Participants will have access to the education and information they need to assist them in their day-to-day agricultural operations. New Mexico State University is sponsoring the event, along with Dairy Farmers of America, the regional Plateau Wireless mobile phone company and other local sponsors.
“The New Mexico Ag Expo is designed to provide anyone in production agriculture an avenue to have one-on-one contact with business dealers and people in sales and marketing,” said Patrick Kircher, agricultural agent with the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service. “We paint a pretty broad stroke of topics so that we cater to the interests of anyone who attends.”
On Feb. 23, attendees can hear from wind energy consultants Robert Lumpkin and Rory McMinn on how wind energy affects local economies. They will share insights into the potential that wind energy can offer landowners and communities in the area.
Leonard Lauriault, forage agronomist for NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari, will speak on alfalfa management in eastern New Mexico, and Mark Marsalis, an agronomist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will discuss re-evaluating inputs in corn and forage sorghum silage systems.
Scott Bagley, of Dimmitt, Texas, will offer two sessions on building a better stock horse.
On Feb. 24, Sam Smallidge, an Extension wildlife specialist, will conduct a seminar on the control of small vertebrates. The seminar has been approved for one continuing education unit through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
Clay Mathis, an NMSU livestock specialist, and Boone Carter, an Extension associate in animal science, will discuss methods to effectively wean calves and they will also talk about the current state of animal welfare in the United States.
Ellen Jordan, an Extension dairy specialist with Texas Agri-Life, will talk about advances in dairy reproduction, and Elvin Hollon, director of Fluid Marketing/Economic Analysis for Dairy Farmers of America, will discuss current and future milk prices.
Kyle Dillard, of Milnesand, N.M., will offer a two-part working-dog clinic. The clinic will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
For those who want to learn the techniques of “speedy suppers,” there is a cooking school on both days of the event, hosted by Connie Moyers, an Extension home economist.
On both days of the expo, there will be an antique tractor parade and antique tractor games.
Kircher said he hoped participants would be able to get their agricultural questions answered at the expo and find new techniques to assist them in their daily business.
The New Mexico Ag Expo will be at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb 23 and 24. Parking and attendance are free.
For more information about the expo, including a complete list of events and times, and for directions to the fairgrounds, visit http://www.nmagexpo.com/  or call the Roosevelt County Extension Office at (575) 356-4417.