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 2017 conference will be held January 11-13, 2017. Please visit the NM Hay Association website ( for more details of the 2017 conference and for online registration.

7th 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.

This year's workshop is set for November 29, 2016.

For more information on the Forage Grower's Workshop and a program of events, visit (, or contact Newt McCarty at 505-565-3002, or Mark Marsalis at 505-865-7340 or

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 College Calendar of Events

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 are included in the program as well. The 2015 symposium was held in Reno, NV, December 2-4, 2015.

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