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Marianas Grazing Academy and Livestock Workshop III on Tinian and Rota (November 22, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College's Marianas Grazing and Livestock Academy (MGA) will host another series of workshops on the islands of Rota on December 3-4, 2010, and Tinian on December 10-11, 2010. Both workshops will be held on the NMC Instructional Sites. Registration begins at 7:30 am with instructional activities to follow from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.

The Academy is 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 visits to farms and demonstration sites, as well as field activities.

The Academy, 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, 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.

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 on Tinian or for more information, contact Lawrence Duponcheel at 433-0639 or Dr. Allan Sabaldica at 433-2576. To register for the workshops on Rota or for more information, contact Alejandro Badilles at 532-9513. 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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