Farmers tout CRP benefits

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Christina Calloway Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program in 2011 received a combined $9.95 million in rental payments. A voluntary program introduced in 1986, the CRP pays agricultural producers to turn environmentally sensitive crop land into conservation areas by planting native grasses. This year’s four-week CRP […]

Ranchers: USDA not paying out on policies

Argen Duncan A number of New Mexico ranchers say the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t giving them the insurance payments they paid for and need. Last year, the USDA Risk Management Agency offered a pilot program in which ranchers in New Mexico and other states could work with private insurance companies to buy policies they […]

USDA declares county disaster area

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, along with 12 other New Mexico counties, primary natural disaster areas because of losses from drought, high winds and wildfires this year, according to a news release from the department. The declaration makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible for federal assistance […]

Our tows: Agriculture drives Portales

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell City Park in Portales is regularly visited by Portales residents for family fun, such as picnics, sports and time on the playground. It is also home to the Portales City Pool and a baseball field. Alisa Boswell By Alisa Boswell Cannon Connections Portales is a town rich in heritage and agriculture. […]

Winter weather compensations offered

Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. According to the release: • Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service for repairs. […]

Year in Review: Agriculture producers had good year

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PNT staff report Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. […]

Decades prove resiliency

This year marked my 30th writing this column. The column runs in 150 papers around the country and in Canada. For the most part they can be described as trade publications, or as a smaller weekly or daily papers. It is impressive to me how many of these publications continue to remain in business when […]

In tribute: Farmer remembered as family man

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Argen Duncan Wesley Houston Lee was a quiet man who loved his children, grandchildren and agriculture and didn’t believe in quitting, his family said. Houston Lee, 74, of Floyd, died Sept. 12. Houston’s daughter Felecia Harvey said one of her favorite things to do was bring children to her parents’ farm during the harvest. Her […]

Portales past: Sept. 5, 1945

Sept. 5, 1945 Portales Daily News: The community cannery for Arch reopened under the supervision of the Portales High School Vocational Agriculture Department, according to Flowell Payton, agriculture teacher.

Ag research on display at annual Field Day

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Argen Duncan Agriculture producers and others in the community can learn about regional agriculture issues, research and advances the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at today’s annual field day in Clovis. The event is open to the public, and includes a tour of center research projects, lunch and a keynote speech by NMSU […]

Farmers: Wheat harvest ample

Argen Duncan The grain harvest of wheat this year is the best in years due to more precipitation than usual, members of the agriculture industry are saying. At Portales grain elevator J.D. Heiskell and Company, Plant Manager Eldon Merrick said 90 to 95 percent of the wheat grown for grain in his area had been […]

Press release: Money available for water conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announce the availability of $1.5 million to conserve the water in the Ogallala Aquifer. The NRCS will fund this initiative through its Environmental Quality Improvement Program, said Dennis Alexander, state conservationist for NRCS New Mexico. “The NRCS in New Mexico is doing […]

The future of agriculture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Baby Boomers and younger people are demanding more luxuries than older generations. And Baby Boomers wanting to spend their last days near plants and animals will become a source of income for agriculture, a New Mexico State University agriculture economist said Tuesday. Lowell Catlett, futurist and dean of […]

Local experts: Wet winter will pay off

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, agriculture experts say. “The winter has been very helpful,” said Patrick Kircher, the Roosevelt County Extension Office agricultural agent. “The precipitation has been more than it has been in […]

Farm Service Agency voting deadline nears

Freedom New Mexico The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico is reminding farmers, ranchers and other eligible voters to cast their ballots in the local FSA County Committees elections by the Monday deadline. Ballots were mailed to voters earlier this month and must be returned to FSA offices or post […]

Ag workers take steps to conserve water

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County agriculture producers are fighting dwindling water supplies and high costs with a number of water conservation methods. Dairy owners, farmers and ranchers have all taken steps. Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter uses specialized plows, water-efficient pivot sprinklers and computer technology to save water. Someday, agriculture may have to […]

Group, worker suing state for workers compensation benefits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico is hearing a debate over whether agriculture workers need to be included in the state-run workers compensation system. A group of civil rights organizations is suing to have New Mexico agricultural workers included. However, many in the agriculture industry have said their employees are already covered and […]

Aug. 21, 1990

Rod Savage, vocational agriculture instructor at Portales High School, was named best agriculture teacher in New Mexico by the state Agricultural Education Teachers Association during their July 20-Aug.t 3 conference in Albuquerque, according to Portales news archives. He was presented the “Ag Teacher of the Year” plaque by Kenneth Taylor, president of the association.

U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has committed to temporarily raise the price the federal Department of Agriculture will pay for dairy products, providing the director of the U.S. Office of Management and the Budget approves the move. In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and other senators […]