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On August 28th, the Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources will kickoff the second annual, AG Days Degree program on the Main Campus of New Mexico State University.

The two-day program was developed by a group of Extension Specialists to meet a need of getting back to the basics of agricultural education and is geared towards livestock producers, Ag agents and Ag teachers.

The idea is to provide participants with refresher courses and in-depth instruction, which challenges them and provides the latest subject matter information.

The goal is to make AG Days Degree an annual event, while continuing to offer progressive material each year and offering courses for new attendees. The idea is to keep the producer coming back for more!

This year, AG Days Degree begins with tours of the NMSU Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center and the Santa Teresa Border Crossing on Thursday, August 28th. Participants may select either tour with transportation being provided and vans departing at 1:00 pm.

After the tour, participants are encouraged to attend NMDA AGriculture Days, held in the tailgate area north of Aggie Memorial Stadium, from 4 to 6 pm.

Friday, August 29th begins with concurrent Special Topics sessions on Reproductive Techniques, Beef Quality Assurance and Range Monitoring. Participants attending the BQA session will receive BQA Certification.

The afternoon program begins at 1:00 pm where participants may select any combination of courses from Option I: Animal Science or Option II: Natural Resources and Ag Economics. AG Days Degree continues with a BBQ at 5:30 pm and Panel Discussion at 6:30 pm. Additional BBQ tickets may be purchased at $5 each.

For additional information, contact Marcy Ward at 575-646-3326, maward@nmsu.edu

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