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Roosevelt County celebrates 19th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo

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Roosevelt County celebrates its 19th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo on Feb. 22 thru 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Roosevelt County Fair Grounds, 705 East Lime Street. The only agricultural and dairy expo in New Mexico the Roosevelt County New Mexico Ag Expo has something for dairymen, farmers and ranchers alike.

In addition to the ever popular stock horse and working dog clinics this year's Ag Expo will include seminars and speakers: Monti Vandiver, Texas Agri-Life, IPM specialist, Integrated Pest Management for Crop Production; Ted McCollum, Ph.D., Texas Agri-Life beef cattle specialist, Grazing Options for CRP; John Idowu, Ph.D., NMSU Extension agronomist, CRP Agronomics; Jerry Hawkes, Ph.D., NMSU associate professor, Extension economics, Ag Marketing; Dr. John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian, Are you Ready for Calving Season?; and Sam Smallidge, Ph.D., NMSU Extension wildlife specialist, Prairie Dog Control--Offsetting the Cost of Damage. On Feb. 23 the Dairy Farmers of America will host their annual lunch, open to all dairymen, with a special national guest speaker talking about "Current Look at National Issues Facing the Dairy Industry."

Again this year Patrick Kircher will serve as Expo chairman. Kircher has served on the NM Ag Expo Committee for over seven years, organizing educational seminars and demonstrations and took over the Expo Chairmanship in 2010. Kircher also serves the area agricultural community as the Roosevelt County Agriculture Agent for the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service. He served as the Roosevelt County 4-H Agent for over four years prior to accepting his position as ag agent.

The 19th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo is sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of America and Plateau Wireless. For more information or to attend, contact the Roosevelt County Extension office at 575-356-4417 or the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce at 575-356-8541. For a full schedule of Ag Expo events go to the Roosevelt County Chamber website at www.portales.com.

Event: 19th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo

Details: Annual agricultural and dairy expo featuring clinics, workshops, speakers, special presentations and vendors.

Date: Feb. 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Location: Roosevelt County Fair Grounds, 705 East Lime St.

Information: Extension office 575-356-4417, Roosevelt Chamber 575-356-8541 or visit www.portales.com.

Fair: Feb. 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce's mission is to build community and pride in Roosevelt County by serving as an information resource and by coordinating community enriched events and activities that contribute to the prosperity of the area. Roosevelt County, founded in 1900 with the City of Portales following in 1909, is known as one of the primary producers of Valencia peanuts in the world and is considered the "warm heart of the sunbelt." For additional information about Portales, visit www.portales.com or www.portalesnm.org.

The Cooperative Extension Service is the community education arm of New Mexico State University and serves all 33 county governments as well as many tribal areas in New Mexico. Backed by state, federal and local funding and statewide faculty specialists, the Cooperative Extension Service is a collaborative effort between NMSU and county governments which addresses community needs through education. The most well known CES programs are 4-H youth development, agriculture and natural resources, community economic development, and family and consumer sciences programs. All CES education programs are means toward the end of developing a better quality of life for families in New Mexico's communities. For additional information, visit http://extension.nmsu.edu.

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