News & Events

Southwest Hay & Forage Conference

Each year, the New Mexico Hay Association and NMSU Extension Plant Sciences Department sponsor and coordinate the Southwest Hay & Forage Conference. The event is held in Ruidoso, NM. Producers, scientists, and vendors come from all around the Southwest to learn about the latest research advances and to promote the most current technologies in the hay (and other forage) industries.

The 2021 conference has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions and health concerns. Please visit this website or visit the NM Hay Association website for more details on the 2022 conference and for online registration.

Pesticide Applicator CEUs: We recognize that pesticide applicator CEUs are an important component of our annual conferences. We are currently working with the NMSU Pesticide Safety Education Program to provide several recorded forage-targeted, CEU trainings, to be made available online in early 2021, including linked to the NMHA website at: Those needing CEUs for 2021 will be able to access these trainings at their leisure throughout the year.

10th Annual Forage Growers Workshop

NMSUs Valencia County Cooperative Extension office co-hosts a forage workshop with the Small Farms and Ranch Task Force and Extension Plant Sciences Department in December of every year. The workshop is open to the public and features experts on topics ranging from alfalfa management, weed and insect control, soil fertility, pasture grazing, and alternative hay crops. Cost of the event is $20 and includes morning refreshments, lunch, educational materials, and door prices.

The 2020 workshop has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions and health concerns.

For more information, visit the Forage Grower's Workshop link at: Valencia Co Extension Office for a program of events, or contact Lynda Garvin at 505-565-3002, or Mark Marsalis at 505-865-7340 or To register for the Forage Workshops, visit the above website.

Science Center Field Days

Please join us at our Agricultural Science Center Field Days to learn about the latest research related to forage production in New Mexico, as well as ongoing projects involving other crops. Several of the experiment stations conduct forage research related to alfalfa, corn, sorghum and perennial grasses.

For more information on the various science center field days, visit the ACES Calendar.

National Meetings

Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium

Every other year, the Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is held to bring together researchers, Extension personnel, farmers, and vendors from all around the western US. The Cooperative Extension Services of AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY sponsor the symposium. This large event includes many educational sessions for the different classes of forages grown in western states. Field tours and pre-conference workshops are included in the program as well. The 2019 symposium was held in Reno, NV, November 19-21, 2019. More information on the 2021 symposium coming soon.

For more information and conference proceedings, visit the UC Davis Forage Homepage.