Farmers’ Electric receives $28.1 million USDA loan

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Farmers’ Electric Cooperative of Clovis is receiving a $28.1 million loan to upgrade its electric delivery system for seven counties in eastern New Mexico and three in Texas. The cooperative will use the money to expand service to current customers and extend service to new customers. It also will replace [...]

Luddites obstruct our food choices

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The anti-progress Luddites have taken some serious blows in the last six months. A British study shows that animals and crops raised under strict organic parameters, have no nutritional or health benefits over animals and crops grown with FDA/USDA approved insecticides, pesticides, parasitacides, antibiotics, chemical disinfectants and growth stimulants. Then, [...]

Food bank to receive stimulus money

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will be receiving about $22,600 worth of commodities from the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program from now until the end of August. Gov. Bill Richardson announced Thursday that New Mexico’s food banks will be receiving $700,000 worth of food as part of [...]

USDA offers workshops

PNT Staff Report Farmers can sign up for a U.S. Department of Agriculture 2009 Producer Sustainable Workshop on Aug. 26 in Clovis. The event focuses on resource management that illustrates several conservation practices, and includes hands-on experience. Natural Resources Conservation Service agronomist Rudy Garcia said the steps the workshop outlines are critical to sustainability. Registration: [...]

Press release: USDA says MILC payments on way to dairy farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Brenda Archuleta, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced today that because of low dairy prices across the country, producers participating in USDA’s Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program will soon begin to receive payments. “As a result of low dairy prices, we will soon begin distributing MILC [...]

USDA: County farmers ahead in production

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County farmers are leading the state with dramatic increases in sorghum, peanut, wheat and corn production.

Briefs 12-23

PNT Staff Reports USDA accepting public comment on regulation The U.S. Department of Agriculture started accepting public comment Monday on a new regulation changing adjusted gross income qualifications for disaster and commodity programs, according to a USDA press release. Changes include reducing qualifications for disaster and commodity programs from an adjusted gross income of $2.5 [...]

USDA error cuts grazing time for local ranchers

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer A state lawmaker is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for additional grazing time for roughly 100 Roosevelt County ranchers involved in a federal program. U.S. Rep.Tom Udall, D-N.M., said a clerical error resulted in the ranchers eligible for a special U.S. Department of Agriculture program that allowed grazing [...]

County gets disaster declaration

PNT Staff Report The U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 30 declared 31 New Mexico counties as disaster areas including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties because of persisting drought conditions, according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help [...]

Local Brief June 6

PNT Staff Report Livestock enrollment deadline USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced that livestock producers have until July 18 to enroll in the 2005-07 Livestock Compensation Program and Livestock Indemnity Program, according to a news release. The programs provide aid to producers who suffered eligible livestock or livestock feed losses between Jan. 1, [...]