It’s not too soon to start preparing for next year’s growing season, and New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a six-part online series (via Zoom) on sustainable agriculture topics to help growers get a head start this fall.
“Due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the New Mexico Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Western SARE) program is forgoing the traditional fall conference this year,” said NMSU Extension Senior Program Vegetable Specialist Brad Tonnessen. “In its place, a series of webinars will be presented that focus on the many aspects that make a farm sustainable in New Mexico.”
The free webinars will be 3 to 4 p.m. every Thursday, Oct. 1-Nov. 5.
To receive an invitation to attend the Zoom meetings, register for each session at https://aces.nmsu.edu/programs/sare/news-and-events.
The session schedule is as follows:
• Oct. 8: “Strategies to Prevent Development and Spread of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds,” presented by NMSU Associate Prof. Brian Schuttle and NMSU Extension Week Specialist Leslie Beck.
• Oct. 15: “Beneficial Insect Identification and Habitat Management,” presented by NMSU Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist Amanda Skidmore and NMSU Senior Program Specialist Miranda Kersten.
• Oct. 22: “Growing Vegetables in New Mexico – Managing Challenges for an Abundant Harvest,” presented by NMSU Extension Vegetable Specialist Stephanie Walker.
• Nov. 5: “Drip Irrigation on the Small Farm,” presented by Tonnessen.
The webinar series is funded by Western SARE, a regionalized national program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture that provides funding for farmer-focused research and education.
Contact Tonnessen at firstname.lastname@example.org.