Pearce discusses water project, farm bill

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Name: Steve Pearce Candidate for: U.S. Senate Education: New Mexico State University with a BA degree in economics, earned an MBA at Eastern New Mexico University. Experience: U.S. Congress, five years, New Mexico House of Representatives four years, owned an oilfield services firm, served as a pilot in Vietnam. […]

Outsourcing of agriculture may be less than beneficial

Editorial We can testify that many Americans have powerful feelings about illegal immigrants and desire both stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and ways to identify and if possible deport as many as possible of those workers who are here without proper legal authorization. Thus there is considerable support for the Bush administration proposal to […]

Government should take cue from aid groups

Editorial Even as many Americans continue to clamor that government hand just about everything into our waiting palms, elsewhere more people and groups are recognizing how vital free markets are to international development. The international humanitarian relief group CARE recently rejected a shipment from the U.S. government of some $46 million worth of food to […]

Kids get cow know-how

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County Fairgrounds Tuesday and Wednesday for Kids, Kows and More. Approximately 1,000 area fourth-graders attended the annual program, sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, which is designed to acquaint the students with production agriculture. Children and teachers trudged through muddy walkways […]

ENMU offers new ag programs

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Agricultural education at Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost recently when new degree programs were OK’d by the university’s board of regents. Terry Ervin, chair of ENMU’s Department of Agriculture and Technology and family and consumer sciences associate professor, acknowledged that the changes going on in the […]

Water conservation problem not solved

Editorial Paying farmers not to farm isn’t a new or shocking concept inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture: in fact, today it’s a widely accepted practice, used to keep the price of commodities pumped up, protect “wetlands” and advance other conservation goals, some of which have a dubious public benefit. But how about paying farmers […]

County ag agent enjoys work

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With roots running deep in the community and a lifetime of agriculture experience and knowledge, Floyd McAlister, has traveled a path that has led to many accomplishments and achievements. McAlister received a degree from Texas Tech in Agriculture and Extension Education, and taught vocational agriculture for three years before […]

Field day shows off crops

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Around a bend on a narrow road, pockets of sorghum, canola, sunflowers, cow peas and corn sprout from the rutted brown soil. The crops are the research of about a dozen New Mexico State University researchers and staff. At the Agricultural Science Center north of Clovis, the group uses […]

Imports, education key topics for cattle growers

By Tony Parra Phil Bidegain, former president of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, updated eastern New Mexico ranchers on topics ranging from the Canadian border to how to keep local agricultural students in the state. Bidegain said what he knows up to this point in time on the Canadian border is that the United […]

Banquet kicks off Ag Expo

By Tony Parra Trent Loos’ message on Monday night at the banquet launching the 13th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo was clear: Stand up for the life of a farmer and rancher. Loos refers to himself as an agriculture activist and said he spoke at 30 states last year. He urged audience members to teach […]