Ag Seminar proves successful

By Leslie Radford: Quay County Sun

Over 100 people participated in this year’s Ag Seminar at the Tucumcari Convention Center Thursday morning. They enjoyed various programs relating to agriculture and home economics, ag-related vendor booths and good eating.
The 37th Agriculture and Home Economics Seminar sponsored by the Quay County Extension was free and open to the public. The seminar began with registration and refreshments. Workshops were offered at on the National and New Mexico Animal I.D. program presented by Dr. Clay Mathis and Dr. Manny Encinias, both Extension Livestock Specialists with NMSU. A program on Forage and Row Crop Options was presented by a panel of Mark Marsalis, Denise McWilliams and Leonard Lauriault Extension Agronomists with NMSU.
The Home Economics program had a presentation on the changes in the way banking will be in the future and how to protect one’s self presented by Dr. Connie Kratzer, Family Consumer Specialist with NMSU Cooperative Extension Service. Another program presented by Dr. Bruce Jacobs, Health Specialist with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Understanding Complementary and Alternative Medicine, gave an overview on complementary medicine: what it is and means; different approaches like, acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, herbs; and what is bona fide.
Lunch was catered by Caprock Creek Ranch and provided by Ag New Mexico and other area businesses. Several door prizes were donated by over 25 sponsors and given out during lunch time. Jack Chatfield, Project Coordinator for the Canadian River Watershed Restoration Project, also gave an update on the project of the Salt Cedar Eradication program at this time.
An Agriculture Trade Show was open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lobby of the Convention Center. Businesses from the area brought samples of their products to share with seminar registrants.