ORGANIZERS ARE expecting a full house for the 2001 New Mexico Ag Expo, New Mexico's premier agricultural trade show, Feb. 27 and 28, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales.

"As we enter the information technology era, it is important for businesses to keep up with the latest changes and improvements in their businesses," said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, host of the NM Ag Expo. "Agriculture has been and will continue to be greatly influenced by technological advances. This trade show allows our area farmers, ranchers and dairymen an opportunity to learn about new products and services that make their operations more efficient and cost effective."

"The New Mexico Ag Expo is one of the largest volunteer organized and operated agricultural trade shows in the country" says Debra Peacock, chairman of the 2001 New Mexico Ag Expo. "It's a good show because volunteers are directly related to agriculture in our area."

Expo spokesmen expect 300 to 350 vendors displaying products and services ranging from insecticides to the newest milking equipment to the latest advances in equipment repair.

Volunteers also plan seminars and demonstrations to give attendees continuing education opportunities. They also provide fun events like the third annual Working Ranch Horse Competition, sanctioned by the Ranch Horse Association of America. Another popular event is the Red Angus Futurity Heifer sale.

Statistics show New Mexico is among the fastest growing agricultural states in dairy and feed crop production. Attendance for the 2001 show is anticipated to exceed 8,000 visitors.

For more information, contact the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Ag Expo at 200 East 7th Street, Portales, New Mexico 88130. Call 505-356-8541 or 800-635-8036, or e-mail chamber@portales.com.