Business Digest 3/2

Legislative review planned this month
Area residents will have an opportunity to hear the results of the 2004 Legislative session up close when the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2004 Roundhouse Review on March 12.
The chamber’s monthly membership breakfast will be co-hosted by The Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico.
It will take place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. March 12 at the Holiday Inn, 2700 E. Mabry in Clovis. Cost is $8 per person. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and all attendees must be pre-registered.
For information, contact the chamber at 763-3435 or by e-mail at
clovisnm@clovisnm.org
Sponsors include Citi Cards, Coca-Cola Enterprises, First State Bank and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Texico farmer wins award, Arkansas trip
Joe Burford of Burford Farms in Texico was recently honored for his strong performance in the 2003 National Grain Sorghum Producers’ yield contest, according to a news release from Monsanto.
He received a trip for two to the Sorghum industry Conference in Little Rock, Ark., on Feb. 15-17, where he accepted a commemorative plaque and a cash prize.
Burford has been in the farming business for 64 years, and has planted Asgrow sorghum hybrids for more than 30 years, harvesting 154.45 bushels per acre, the news release said.

Sorghum producers to meet in Clovis
Members of the New Mexico Grain Sorghum Producers will meet at 7 p.m. March 15 at Guadalajara Restaurant in Clovis.
The meal will be free, sponsored by Ag New Mexico, according to a news release.
Items to be discussed during the annual meeting include:
• Crop insurance rule changes for 2004, presented by Tim Lust, National Grain Sorghum Producers executive director.
• Crop insurance agents’ panel discussion.
• Market Update, presented by Lust.
• Recognition of NGSP Yield and Management Contest Winners from New Mexico, presented by Toby Bostwick, president.
• New Mexico Grain Sorghum Association Annual Meeting Business, presided over by Bostwick.

ENMU student interns with Ag New Mexico
Brad Hodges of Tucumcari has entered an internship program through the Agricultural department of Eastern New Mexico University and Ag New Mexico, according to Daryl Baldwin of Ag New Mexico in a news release.
“From time to time the association is looking for qualified individuals or trainees to become permanent employees as an agricultural lender,” Baldwin said.
“The alliance provides an opportunity for students to fulfill their internship requirements while experiencing life in the field they may hope to pursue as a career in agriculture finance.”
Terry Ervin, ENMU Ag Department chair, said in the news release, “Brad is enthusiastic about this opportunity. He looks for ways to apply materials from the classroom instruction to his experience with Ag New Mexico.”

New Mexico’s milk production increases
Milk production in New Mexico in January totaled 572 million pounds, an increase of 2 percent over December’s production of 561 million pounds, according to a news release from New Mexico Agriculture Statistics Service.
Production per cow in January averaged 1,760 pounds, compared to 1,730 the previous month.
The average number of milk cows on farms increased by 1,000 head from 324,000 in December 2003 to 325,000 in January. The number of milk cows on farms one year ago totaled 314,000, the release states.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Glen Seeber. He may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail:
glen_seeber@link.freedom.com