6/5 Agriculture Digest

State resubmits TB-free application
The New Mexico Livestock Board submitted a second request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week for a bovine tuberculosis-free status for the state, according to state veterinarian Steve England.

New Mexico lost its TB-free status in 2003 after several dairy cows were diagnosed with the disease, according to the New Mexico Livestock Board. Two herds, including three animals at dairies in Roosevelt County, were diagnosed with the disease, according to England.

England said he has been lobbying for the New Mexico Livestock Board’s proposed regionalization plan that was rejected by the USDA several months ago. He said, as it stands, New Mexico is listed as having a “modified credited advanced” status.

Farmers Market to open June 18
Clovis Farmers Market is scheduled to open June 18 in the North Plains Mall parking lot west of J.C. Penny’s.

The market feature fresh are vegetables begins at 8 a.m. Saturday until sellout and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until sellout through October. Contact: Stan Jones, 763-6505.

Funding available from crops program
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture said funds are available under the New Mexico Specialty Crops Program.

Requests are due July 1. For information or application, contact Craig L. Mapel at 852-3088 or Edward M. Avalos at 646-4929 or visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu.

Agriculture Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Leslie Radford. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail:
leslie_radford@link.freedom.com