That's a wrap, folks
link Courtesy photo: Clayton Barber gives a demonstration on fire resistant clothing at the New Mexico Ag Expo, one of several seminars hosted at the two-day event.
PNT senior writer
Ag Expo organizers said this year’s seminars garnered good feedback from attendees.
In its 22nd year, the New Mexico Ag Expo brought new trends and kept old traditions to cater to the agricultural communities of New Mexico and west Texas.
The two-day event wrapped up Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Workshops, luncheons and activities are held for producers to keep them up-to-date on the education, technology and issues affecting their operations.
“It was a pretty good show, I thought the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative demos really added to it,” said Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry.
Terry said about 3,000 people attended the Expo, about the same as what he recorded last year.
“I think the most notable thing was our seminars were packed,” Terry said.
Seminar and workshop topics included horse training, craft projects, row crop management, dairy industry updates and using technology to work farm operations.
“I really was pleased with the show,” said Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher, one of the organizers of the Expo. “We had wonderful weather and enjoyed our seminars. We had pretty good attendance. Though we have no hard data yet, majority of folks said they were pleased the way it turned out. ”
Terry said horse trainer Trevor Carter and his Advancing the Green Horse seminar was one of the more successful seminars.
Terry also mentioned Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers’ Creativity with Paints, Pallets and More to be a crowd-pleaser.
Terry said Moyers receive such a large crowd she had to relocate the workshop to a larger venue.
“There was standing room only; that was a real home run,” Terry said.
Terry said the expo was down about a dozen vendors from last year but the vendor space was condensed to two rows in the event area so that they weren’t so spread out. He estimated about 85-90 vendor blocks were occupied between the two days.
“We had a nice variety of booths,” Kircher said. “There’s certainly folks that would have liked to see more business but people felt very comfortable for why they were here and what they did.”
Terry added he will do vendor evaluations in the coming weeks.
“I think overall, based on the downturn of the ag economy, we’re holding our own,” said Terry about the Expo.