Palla named Dairy Farmers of America first vice chair

Freedom New Mexico The board of directors of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. elected Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla as its first vice chairman. Palla has previously served as vice chair of DFA’s board. He also is a member of DFA’s executive committee and chair of the Southwest Area Council. Palla is on the National […]

Farmers need to elevate their reputation

By Baxter Black: On the edge of common sense As the percentage of farmers continues to decrease in proportion to the population, it seems the harder the ANTIs (HSUS, PETA, Sierra Club, name one) try to increase America’s dependence on foreign food, just as they have done with manufacturing, energy, timber, and steel. They have […]

Legislation seeks protection for farmers

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican A group of New Mexico farmers and heritage seed advocates are lobbying hard to get a bill through the Legislature that would protect them from liability if their fields are cross-pollinated by patented, genetically engineered seeds. It is the third time farmers have tried to get a similar bill […]

Farmers cautious of future cold snaps

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Unusually cold temperatures haven’t yet affected winter crops in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. But area farmers are concerned it could cause a problem if the trend continues through spring During the month of December, the average high temperature in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties is anywhere from 52 […]

Area farmers: Harvests ‘spotty’

By Chris Schmaedeke It mattered where the location was for this year’s harvest in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. All three counties saw ups and downs this year. The word used most to describe the harvest was “spotty.” Quay County struggled with lack of water and dry conditions. “Farmers had very little water,” Tom Dominguez, […]

Western Dairy Transport lays off about 75 workers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Western Dairy Transport in Portales laid off about 75 employees Wednesday because a large contract expired. Company President David Shelton, who works in the Stephenville, Texas, office, said WDT’s multi-year local-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America expired. The new contract was awarded to Greatwide Logistics Service, based in […]

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 […]

Press release: More than $18 million in CRP payments going to New Mexico farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Salomon Ramirez, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico today announced that USDA has almost completed issuing over $18 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments to eligible producers in New Mexico. More than $1.7 billion in CRP payments are being made on 31 million acres across the country. […]

FFA students start fundraiser

Freedom New Mexico Area agriculture programs and Future Farmers of America chapters are beginning their fundraising with fruit and meat sales. Clovis FFA advisor Mark Runyan said the sales start this week and go through Nov. 18. Programs in Melrose, Grady, Texico, Clovis and Portales will be selling the products. All area FFA programs collect […]

Oct. 24, 1960

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a few days of sun and clear skies had put a brighter outlook on everything, according to most farmers and produce buyers in the area. The harvest had resumed and was beginning to pick up speed, and there was hope that most all crops except grain and cotton would be […]