New Mexico Ag Expo set for Feb. 19-20
The New Mexico Ag Expo marks its 21st year with its annual two-day show set for Feb. 19 to 20 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales, N.M.
This year's Expo is sponsored by Plateau and Dairy Farmers of America and will be dedicated to the memory of long-time Ag Expo Committee members Frankye King, who died in 2012. The event is organized and run by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and New Mexico State University Extension Service.
"Last year's show was one of the best ever, based on the feedback we received," said Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry. "We've tweaked a few things for this year's show but all the things that went well are in place again this year."
The focus of the event is on providing producers with information on products and techniques that allow them to solve problems and grow their operations. The Expo's reach includes thousands of dairymen, farmers and ranchers.
The show normally attracts more than 150 vendors and 200 to 300 representatives. Booths run the gamut from dairy equipment and tractors and implements to irrigation systems and seed. While most vendors are from the Plains states of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, the Ag Expo attracts businesses from as far away as Canada and California.
With New Mexico State University as a main sponsor of the event, educational seminars and workshops are a big component of the Expo. This year those seminars will include sessions on insect pest management, prairie dog control and stock dog management. A new segment this year will feature a panel of beef industry experts in a discussion entitled "Where Do We Go From Here," dealing with the myriad issues popping up since drought has gripped the High Plains. In addition, Dairy Farmers of America holds its annual meeting at the Expo and plans its own program of lectures and seminars including a national guest speaker at the DFA luncheon open to all dairy farmers.
Last year, attendees were so pleased with the horse training sessions presented by horse trainer Scott Daily of Ark City, Kan., the Ag Expo committee asked him to return this year. He will hold morning and afternoon workshop sessions on Tuesday dealing with colt starting.
Homeowners with gardens, lawns and livestock to water won't want to miss a presentation on "Water Harvesting" at 3 p.m., Feb. 19 in the McAlister Room of the Jake Lopez Bldg. The practical session will be led by Blair Stringham, Ph.D., NMSU Extension water specialist.
The Tumbleweed Classic Winter Stock Dog Trial is back for its second year in the outdoor arena. The twice-a-year event, which has three sessions under its belt now, has quickly become one of the most popular working dog trials in the area. Entries are still being taken and spectators are welcome. This year events will be held each day of the Expo.
Also returning is the Rotary Club pork chop luncheon, Folsom Falls Ranch Longhorns, the antique tractor parade and a live chuckwagon village.
The hours of the show this year are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 20.
Expo attendees, 18 and over, will have the opportunity to win a brand new 14-foot stock trailer. Entry forms must be validated at various vendors to be eligible for the drawing.
There is no admission to the grounds or any of the events (except the luncheon) during the Expo. For applications or more information about vendor booths or attendance call 800-635-8036, email the Expo at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at nmagexpo.com.