Business Digest: Sorghum growers meeting slated

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

New Mexico Grain Sorghum Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the Jacob Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to an association announcement.

Mark Marsalis, extension agronomy specialist with the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will give an update on NMSU’s sorghum research.

Chris Cogburn, strategic business director of the National Sorghum Producers, will discuss the proposed national sorghum checkoff that would collect funds for research.

National Sorghum Producers CEO Tim Lust will talk about the 2007 Farm Bill and other issues facing sorghum producers.

A complimentary meal will be served.

Laurel Ridge names new administrator
Anthony Ughetti has been named administrator of Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis, according to a company news release.

Ughetti joined the Laurel Healthcare affiliated network of facilities in June as clinical liaison for special projects. He has 17 years of experience in geriatric healthcare including extensive experience in sales, marketing and therapy management in long-term care settings.

Laurel Ridge Healthcare is a 90-bed skilled nursing facility, the release reads.

It is one of 10 independently owned and operated providers in the Laurel Healthcare network offering medical, nursing, rehabilitation and psychosocial services, including Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis, according to the release.

Melrose producer elected to post
Toby Bostwick of Melrose was elected to serve as president-elect of the National Sorghum Producers, according to an NSP release.

Bostwick produces grain sorghum and wheat west of Clovis. He is past president of the New Mexico Grain Sorghum Producers Association and the Central Curry Soil & Water Conservation District, the release reads.

NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers, according to the release.

Heritage Acres housing under way
A 20-acre housing development off Norris Street north of Llano Estacado Boulevard will offer brick homes having a minimum of 1,350 square feet, according to the Realtor marketing it.

Heritage Acres will be divided into about 70 lots priced in the low $20,000 range for affordable housing, according to Max Watt of Re/Max First Place Realtors. The first four homes by Double I Construction will be about 1,700 square feet, she said.

Lots are 110 feet deep and 65 to 80 feet across the front, Watt said. Fiber optics will be available to each home for state-of-the-art telecommunication services including Internet, she said.

“Since Clovis has few newer rent properties for young couples/retirees/singles … this could be a great asset to the north Clovis area and could be something for an investor to consider,” Watt said in an e-mail.

Private applicator training scheduled
There will be a Texas private applicator training and testing program Friday at the Bailey County Coliseum in Muleshoe.

The training will begin at 9 a.m. (MST) and testing should conclude by 2:30 p.m. (MST). Texas Cooperative Extension will provide the training and Texas Department of Agriculture will administer the test.

There will be a $20 charge which includes a private applicator manual.

Information call Monti Vandiver (806) 481-3300, Curtis Preston (806) 272-4584, or Cody Hill (806) 481-3619.

Farmer appointed to peanut committee
Curry County farmer Dee Jay Brown has been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation Peanut Advisory Committee, according to a press release issued by New Mexico Farm Bureau.

Brown, who is president of the Curry County Farm and Livestock Bureau and vice-president of Sunland Peanut Corporation, has farming operations in Texas and New Mexico, and grows the Valencia variety of peanuts.

Brown will report the results of various commodity meetings to the state board of directors of the New Mexico Farm Bureau, the press release said.

The Valencia peanut industry is an $80 million industry in New Mexico.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: