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Community Invited to Attend NMC Agriculture Workshop (January 14, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College will be hosting a free four-day workshop to showcase the various sustainable agriculture projects open to farmers in the western Pacific region. The workshop will also feature agricultural and aquacultural presentations and demonstrations from experts at NMC, the College of Micronesia, the University of Guam, and the University of Hawaii.

The workshop, which will be held at the Saipan World Resort on January 26-29, 2010, is funded by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), a program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at supporting farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities. It is also open to the public.

Topics to be discussed at the workshop include herbal preparations, livestock feed grants, local feed formulation, pest control, genetic upgrading, artificial insemination, and farmer and rancher grants from Western SARE. Former CNMI recipients of grants will also be sharing their experiences with the funds and services provided by Western SARE.

“We have been conducting many mini-workshops at the College in preparation for the upcoming session,” said NMC’s Animal Scientist Dr. Allan Sabaldica. “I look forward to meeting with fellow agricultural experts from around the region and sharing our expertise with the local farming and ranching community.”

Some highlights of the workshop involve field trips to the NMC Aquaculture Facility at its As Terlaje Campus, a cattle ranch, and a local swine farm. At the NMC facility, participants will be treated to the many methods and equipments used by College staff. Participants will also engage in artificial insemination demonstrations at the cattle and swine farms.

“I would like to encourage the CNMI farming and ranching community to avail of this free workshop,” said NMC Interim President Lorraine Cabrera. “Professionals from all over the western Pacific region will be on-site to help individuals prepare for and acquire necessary grants to jumpstart any agricultural business ventures.”

Due to limited seating, individuals interested in attending the workshop must register by January 21, 2010, with Selina Mesa at 234-5498 ext. 1708.

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