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Marianas Grazing and Livestock Academy Workshop III on Saipan (March 15, 2011)

The Northern Marianas College’s Marianas Grazing and Livestock Academy (MGA) will host the third series of workshops on March 18-19, 2011 in Room D-1 at the NMC As Terlaje campus in Saipan. Registration begins at 7:30 am with instructional activities to follow from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on both days.

The MGA workshops are aimed at building local agricultural capacity and educating farmers and ranchers about increasing the economic viability of their products.

The workshops will cover various topics such as reproductive management, planning and artificial insemination, replacement heifer selection criteria, production risk management, ranch planning and monitoring, meat goat management, pastured poultry management, and more. The workshops will also include farm visits, demonstration sites and field activities.

During the workshop, the MGA team will also provide information on the upcoming Slaughterhouse Feasibility Study workshop in May. For more information on the study, interested individuals can visit http://www.agenergyenterprises.com/feasibility/index.html.

The Academy is a project organized through a collaborative effort between the Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service (NMC-CREES) Livestock Improvement Program, and experienced pasture, livestock, and soil specialists from the University of Hawaii, University of the Virgin Islands, and the University of Guam. The goal of the Academy is to enhance the production of high quality meat products, which can serve to improve food sustainability through the adoption of appropriate technologies and practices in grazing and livestock management.

The Academy also seeks to provide local farmers, ranchers, technical resource personnel and other interagency collaborators with assistance and guidance in planning and developing local projects to improve the economic viability of grazing activities in the CNMI.

For more information on the workshops, contact NMC-CREES Outreach Coordinator Claus Bier at 234-5498 ext. 1707, NMC-CREES staff Lawrence Duponcheel or Dr. Allan Sabaldica at 433-0639 on the NMC Tinian Instructional Site, or Alejandro Badilles at 532-9513 at the NMC Rota Instructional Site. There are no registration or participation fees.

For additional information on the Marianas Grazing Academy (MGA), visit marianasgrazingacademy.org.

The Marianas Grazing Academy project has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Outreach for Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program (Grant #2009-51200-19601).



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