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NMC Grazing Academy Workshops Start Wednesday on Rota (November 9, 2009)

The first series of workshops from the Northern Marianas College’s Marianas Grazing Academy will be held on November 11, 12, and 13 at the College’s Rota Instructional Site. Workshops will run 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.

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

Similar workshops will be held on November 17-19, 2009, at the NMC Tinian Instructional Site. To register for the workshops, please contact Alejandro Badilles (Tel. 532-9513) for the Rota session or 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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