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NMC Grazing Academy Workshops on Tinian (November 12, 2009)

The second series of workshops from the Northern Marianas College’s Marianas Grazing Academy will be held on November 17, 18, and 19 at the College’s Tinian Instructional Site. Workshops will be from 9am to 3:30pm on all three days. The Academy is aimed at building local agricultural capacity and educating farmers and ranchers about increasing the economic viability of their products. The workshops, which require no registration or participation fee, will include training on pasture and livestock management issues, including forage production, grazing management planning, weed control, forage selection, animal health and treatment practices, meat quality and marketing, and mobile slaughter facilities.

The Academy, a project organized through a collaborative effort between the NMC Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service (CREES) and experienced pasture, livestock, and soil specialists from the University of Hawaii, University of the Virgin Islands, and the University of Guam, seeks 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.

“We’re really excited to be collaborating with the universities from Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, and Guam to make more training and professional development opportunities available for our farmers and ranchers,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez.

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

To register for the workshops, please contact Dr. Allen Sabaldica (Tel. 433-2576) for the Tinian session.

The Marianas Grazing Academy project has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, CSREES Outreach for Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR).



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