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Marianas Grazing and Livestock Management Academy on Saipan (June 4, 2012)

The Northern Marianas College’s Marianas Grazing and Livestock Academy (MGA) will host workshops on June 22-23, 2012 in Saipan.

The workshops will take place in Room A-13 at the NMC As Terlaje campus. Registration begins at 8:00 am with instructional activities to follow until 4:00 pm on June 22 and until 1:30 pm on June 23, 2012.

The MGA workshops are aimed to help local livestock producers and land managers become better equipped to manage their animals and resources by providing classroom instruction and field experience in sustainable grazing and livestock management practices.

The workshops will cover various topics such as value-added product development/processing, marketing and cost of production, low stress animal handling and facility design, livestock health, and much more. The workshops will also include ranch visits, demonstration sites and field activities.

Those interested in attending these workshops may register by contacting Joaquin Deleon Guerrero at NMC-CREES at 234-5498 ext. 1707 or at [email protected] by June 21, 2012. There is no fee to attend these workshops.

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 additional information on the Marianas Grazing Academy (MGA), visit

The Marianas Grazing Academy project has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Outreach for Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program (Grant #59-2501-10-040-1).

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