Home Ec,ag seminar set for Jan. 18

By QCS Staff

The 39th Annual Agriculture and Home Economics Seminar hosted by the Quay County Extension Service will be Jan.18 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.
Programs will begin at 9 a.m. with a variety of topics to choose from:
l Manny Encinas will speak about alternative feed solutions as the price of corn continues to rise.
l Richard Heerema, a pecan specialist, will discuss the care of the home pecan orchard.
l How the quality of irrigation water affects the quality of soils and crops will be presented by Robert Flynn, an extension agronomist.
l In 2007, there will be some changes in the Pesticide Applicator’s licensing procedures and Mary Fowler, from New Mexico Department of Agriculture, will explain the changes and answer any questions about obtaining and maintaining a green card for purchasing pesticides.
Programs on the home economics side will be:
l “Beating the Winter Blues” will be presented by Mark Silla, a therapist from Mental Health Services, who will also sort out the truth about the scary things in the news.
l Bruce Jacobs, Extension Health Specialist, will be discus Bird Flu, West Nile, Mad Cow and other media panic stories and sharing simple things we can do to protect ourselves.
l At lunch, that will be a preview of some of the changes that will soon be made in the downtown Tucumcari area.
The programs are free and a lunch will be provided by area businesses. The seminar will end with a door prize drawing. For more information or to help sponsor this seminar, call the Quay County Extension Office at 461-0562. If you are a person with a disability and in need of auxiliary services in order to participate, please call Brenda at 461-0562 by Friday. The Quay County Extension Office is a field office of NMSU and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator.
The convention center is located at 1500 West Route 66. The doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration, refreshments, and visiting. Several sponsors will have booths set up to view during the day.