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NMSU to host New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Online Conference

  • By Nicole E. Drake
  • 575-646-3221
  • Nov 12, 2021
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New Mexico State University Extension Plant Sciences and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education will host the New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Online Conference, “Local Food for Community Resilience,” to provide relevant and up-to-date information about sustainable agriculture. 

The online webinar will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 9. The conference will include six presentations on sustainable agricultural topics such as irrigation efficiency in pecans, healthy soils, organic production, beneficial insects, how to start a vegetable garden, and how farms can participate within their communities. 

The six presentations will begin with NMSU Extension Pecan Specialist Richard Heerema speaking on the topic of “Irrigation Efficiency of Pecans,” followed by “Science Community and Seed at the NMSU Jose Fernandez Garden” from Brad Tonnessen, former NMSU Extension Plant Sciences senior program specialist. Miranda Kersten, senior program specialist at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, will present on “Promoting Beneficial Insects,” Ed Curry with the Curry Seed and Chile Company will speak on “The Trials and Triumphs of Organic Production, From a Farmers Perspective,” followed by a presentation on “New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Soil Program” by Katie Goetz, policy analyst, and Dean Bruce, NMDA soil and water specialist. Last, Sally Cassady, Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition NMSU extension associate, will share on “Seed to Supper: A Beginning Vegetable Garden Program.”

“Growing food locally provides immense benefits to communities including increasing availability of fresh, nutritious crops and the support of local farms and gardens,” said Stephanie Walker, NMSU associate professor and Extension vegetable specialist, who will give the opening remarks. “This event informs participants how to optimize local production through building soil health, maximizing irrigation efficiency, seed sources, and variety selection geared towards production in New Mexico.”  

The event is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information and to register, visit