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NMC Hosts Free Innovative Farming Workshop (February 24, 2009)

After years of researching innovative farming techniques to conserve water and soil, the Northern Marianas College Cooperative Research, Education, and Extension Service (CREES) will be sharing its findings in a workshop for CNMI ranchers, farmers, and other interested community members.

The workshop, entitled “Soil & Water Conservation through Innovative Farming Techniques,”ť will be held on NMC CREES’s Experimental Farm in As Perdido on March 4. Registration starts at 8:30am. The workshop will begin at 9:30am. There is no cost to attend the workshop.

Made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture ”“Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Workshop will highlight innovative and practical farming methods that help farmers and ranchers minimize their costs on water, fertilizers, and labor while at the same time conserve scarce natural resources.

Participants will also be introduced to the application of different kinds of mulching, micro irrigation, no-till vegetable production, contour farming, and intercropping of trees and shrubs in a hands-on fashion. Additionally, there will be a taste testing of new sweet potato varieties NMC-CREES is introducing to the CNMI.

NMC-CREES provides quality technical programs, services, and information to benefit the people, the environment, and the economy of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands . With continuous interaction, collaboration and a unified direction, the department is dedicated to helping improve the economic well being, living conditions and overall quality of life in the CNMI.

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For more information about the Workshop please call NMC-CREES main office at 234-5498 ext. 1707.



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