Their view: Agricultural producers deserve recognition

The New Mexico Farm Service Agency issued this press release in celebration of National Ag Day.

New plans for annual Ag Expo

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Agricultural vendors won’t be the only thing at the Roosevelt County Ag Expo’s 20th anniversary, according to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. The two-day event will also include a old west shoot-out re-enactment, a parade with longhorns and a new set up for vendors. The main cause of excitement for this year’s […]

Can’t depend on corporations to feed us

England has made a choice to remain dependent on other countries to feed them. Recently corporations have proposed to build a modern dairy and sow unit in their countryside. Two activist groups objected saying it would force a significant number of small farmers out of business. The proposal was withdrawn. We in the United States […]

Rural small business grants offered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program has several grant and loan guarantee programs for rural small businesses and agricultural producers, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. For agricultural producers, small rural businesses, corporations formed under Section 17 or those similarly organized, rural electric […]

Portales past: March 23, 1962

March 23, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Future farmers from 22 Eastern New Mexico schools will be in Portales Saturday for the annual judging contest sponsored by the agricultural department of Eastern New Mexico University.

Commodities market risky

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Argen Duncan Speculation in agricultural commodities markets is causing greater volatility in prices than in the past, affecting everyone from the farmer to the consumer, according to farmers and grain dealers in eastern New Mexico. Agricultural commodities are certain farm products, including corn, wheat, milk, cheese and cotton, that are traded internationally, much like the […]

USDA to offer training

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is conducting free training sessions for its Rural Energy for America Program and Value Added Producer Grant program. Eligible applicants for REAP include agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Eligible applicants for VAPG include independent producers, farmers or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled […]

TV crew filming ag show in Portales

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Argen Duncan A crew from a Louisiana agricultural television show has been filming in Roosevelt County all week. Every year, the Louisiana Farm Bureau-produced “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture” weekly show holds a contest in which viewers write to tell staff why they should come to the viewer’s town, said host Michael Danna. This year, […]

Portales past: Sept. 6, 1955

Sept. 6, 1955 Portales Daily News: W. Newell Page, Eastern New Mexico University director of agricultural instruction, was the featured speaker at the annual Chamber of Commerce dairy tour.

Local dairywoman honored for charity work

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A Roosevelt County woman is the winner of a prestigious state agricultural award for her work helping several area children’s homes. Michelle Heavyside is the winner of the “Diamonds in the Rough” award presented once every two years by Women in Agriculture Leadership. The award was presented during ceremonies […]

Government offers conservation help

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is taking sign-ups until April 3 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for financial and technical assistance with conservation improvements on agricultural land. EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of 10 years

Tweaked farm bill worthy of Bush’s veto

Editorial Democrats took control of Congress vowing to take a fresh look at wasteful programs and spending priorities. The expiration of the federal farm program — it has to be renewed every five years — was a golden opportunity to put some substance behind those promises. Crop prices are high, and farmers are thriving; net […]

Agricultural tariffs barrier to beneficial worldwide trade

Editorial The suspension last week of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations — named after the capital of Qatar, where the talks began in 2001 — under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, is a sad commentary on the political systems of the major industrialized countries of the world. It could be tragic […]

New Mexico ranks in top ten for dairy product sales

From staff reports LAS CRUCES — New Mexico ranks seventh nationally in dairy product sales, with dairies adding more than $730 million to the state’s economy, according to a New Mexico State University agricultural economist. “Dollar for dollar, dairy is one of our big players,” said Ereney Hadjigeorgalis, an assistant professor in NMSU’s agricultural economics […]