We regret to inform you that the 2021 conference has been postponed until January 2022. Please read the attached letter:

I hope this letter finds you well and that the 2020 growing season and business year was a successful one, despite all of the challenges we faced year. It is with sadness that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, along with continued restrictions imposed on public meetings, that the New Mexico Hay Association Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2021 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference. This was a hard decision, but was deemed the most prudent considering the difficulty of planning around the uncertainty of future meeting allowances and public health concerns.

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: http://www.nmhay.com/. Those needing CEUs for 2021 will be able to access these trainings at their leisure throughout the year.

Even though we will not be hosting a meeting in 2021, we hope that you will consider supporting us this year, especially during this difficult season of change that has impacted so many of us. Your membership dues help the NMHA continue day-to-day operations and provide valuable resources and support to our hay farmers. Without your contributions, we would be unable represent our hay and forage growers or present future conferences. One thing is for certain in 2021, our hay farmers will continue to push forward with producing the best hay in the country, and the NMHA is here to help you accomplish that goal.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the future. Please be on the lookout for information on our next in-person meeting during the 2022 conference.

Mark Marsalis          

New Mexico Hay Association Board of Directors

Extension Forage Specialist

NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas