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NM Ag leaders to visit Roswell to talk with industry members

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New Mexico’s top agricultural leaders will hold statewide listening sessions with agricultural producers for the second year.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores will make three stops this year.

The first session will be in Roswell at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds on Southeast Main Street.

The next two sessions will be on May 31 in Belen and July 18 in Alamogordo. Time and place will be announced prior to the events.

“As representatives of NMSU, we voice the agricultural needs through research, teaching and extension,” Flores said. “The best way to know about the agricultural issues is to listen to the stakeholders in the state.”

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Last year’s topics and concerns included aging agricultural producers, access to federal land, lack of a meat processing plant, agriculture literacy, the general public’s lack of awareness of the economic impact of agriculture, water engineering and use, and the impact of the federal Farm Bill and foreign trade agreements. These topics and others were addressed during the listening sessions in Portales, Abiquiu and Las Cruces.

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