FSA extending grazing period

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, […]

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 […]

USDA authorizing grazing on CRP land

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized livestock producers in Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties to graze their cattle on land enrolled in conservation programs. According to a memorandum issued Wednesday, the department authorized a 30-day use of CRP lands for grazing by livestock producers who lost pasture or fences due to […]

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 […]

Bovine STD topic of meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNt senior writer New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting. Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers. The meeting will cover the state of the disease in the area, management options and […]

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 […]

Farmers: Recent rain not enough

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Recent rains have helped crops in Roosevelt and Curry counties, but farms and ranches still need more, producers said. Allen Deen, who dryland farms southeast of Floyd, said his family is planting hay grazer and milo. “We’re just marginal on our moisture, but we’re kind of running out of […]

‘Most Wanted’ episode delayed

Producers have decided to delay an America’s Most Wanted episode featuring this week’s escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the Fox network show plans to air the episode Sept. 6 instead of today as previously announced. Crews were in Clovis this week filming footage for the weekly show, […]

Subsidies give ag producers mixed signals

Editorial When the world’s finance ministers meet under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as they did in Washington earlier this month, they usually rub their chins and harrumph portentously about arcane financial matters. But this year the meetings tried to focus on a more tangible problem: rising prices for […]

12-2 Local Briefs

Dairy disaster aid sign-ups set Eligible dairy producers can sign up for the Dairy Disaster Assistance Program (DDAP-III) at local USDA Farm Service Agency service centers beginning Monday. The $16 million DDAP-III is aimed to help dairy producers recover production losses resulting from a variety of adverse weather conditions from Jan. 1, 2005 to Feb. […]

Domenici discusses Farm Bill with area growers

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Sen. Pete Domenici said while he is optimistic about the peanut and agriculture industry in New Mexico, much remains to be accomplished as the Senate prepares to take up the 2007 Farm Bill. Domenici, R-N.M., met Tuesday with area peanut producers at Sunland Inc. to discuss the Farm Bill. […]

Farm bill gets Friday focus

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., stepped outside her district Friday to gain some perspective on agriculture across the state in preparation for upcoming debate over a new Farm Bill in Congress. Wilson said she had relied on the late Rep. Joe Skeen for that perspective in the past, but […]

Peanut producers gather for meeting

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Responding to the recent samonella outbreak that occurred in February, a National Peanut Board representative was on hand to help reassure peanut producers that peanut butter is continuing to remain a staple in many households. With the recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning found in peanut butter, peanuts have been […]

Bovine TB confirmed in Eddy County

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A confirmed case of bovine tuberculosis has been reported in Eddy County, according to officials from the New Mexico Livestock Board. An investigation is being conducted by the New Mexico Livestock Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to state veterinarian Dave Fly. The infected dairy cow was […]

Cold, cold cows

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Come rain or shine, snow or ice, livestock producers must battle the elements on a daily basis to ensure their livestock is cared for and their livelihood is not damaged or lost. Snow and ice storms that have recently hit the area, with temperatures dropping down into the single […]

Sen. Bingaman visits Portales

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told a crowd of Roosevelt and Curry county agriculture producers Thursday in Portales he was pessimistic about passage of a new farm bill this fall in Washington. He said the proposed farm bill is tied to world trade talks, which he said have collapsed. “Chances […]

Some dairy owners want aid program scrapped

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some local dairy owners would rather the government do away with a program set up to help dairies. They believe it’s hurting the dairy industry and milk market and they’re actively lobbying against the program. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, indefinitely […]

Movie crew sets up shop in Clovis

By David Irvin Producers of a movie called “Believe in Me” say filming will begin before the end of the month, and their Clovis production office will open Tuesday in the Wells Fargo Bank building. If all goes as scheduled, filming will begin Sept. 28, said co-producer John Manulis. About 70 percent of the filming […]

$200 million cheese plant to bring jobs to Clovis/Portales microplex

By Gary Mitchell ALBUQUERQUE — A $200 million cheese plant will be built in Curry County and it will bring about 200 jobs to the Clovis/Portales microplex, local officials said Thursday morning. Gov. Bill Richardson and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Thursday morning unveiled the news that a site five miles south of Clovis would […]