2020 Implementation of WSARE Professional Development Program Plan for New Mexico

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $28,686.00
Host Institution Award ID: G240-20-W7905
Grant Recipient: New Mexico State University
Region: Western
State: New Mexico
State Coordinator:
Dr. Stephanie Walker
New Mexico State University

Information Products


Not commodity specific


  • Animal Production: grazing management, rangeland/pasture management
  • Crop Production: biological inoculants, conservation tillage, cover crops, crop improvement and selection, cropping systems, irrigation, no-till, pollinator habitat, pollinator health, varieties and cultivars, water management
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, networking, technical assistance, workshop
  • Pest Management: biofumigation, cultivation, cultural control, disease vectors, economic threshold, integrated pest management, mulches - general, mulches - killed, mulches - living, prevention, soil solarization
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil microbiology, soil quality/health


    The global pandemic prevented the activities originally planned for the New Mexico Professional Development Program since in-person events were not allowed. With the annual NM Sustainable Agriculture Conference and Field Day canceled, the NM WSARE Advisory Committee pivoted to a webinar series. The NM Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series consisted of six one-hour segments that were presented via Zoom on Thursday afternoons beginning at 3:00 pm, October 1 through November 5, 2020. The webinar topics were selected based on current state clientele priorities and feedback from past NM Sustainable Agriculture conferences and included seed saving, weed management, beneficial insects, vegetable production, fruit tree management, and drip irrigation installation.


    Project objectives:

    The objective of the NM Sustainable Agriculture Webinar series is to enhance the knowledge base of agricultural producers, agricultural professionals, and other participants in the sessions in key areas critical to optimizing agricultural production in New Mexico while minimizing adverse environmental impacts.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.