Business Digest: Dairy owners honored by DFA

The owners and operators of Crosswinds Dairy in Portales have received the 2007 Member of Distinction Award from the Dairy Farmers of America, according to a DFA news release.

Dougie Idsinga, Dawn Idsinga, Derek Idsinga, Darci Idsinga Collins and Denver Collins were selected for the honor that is based on vision, leadership and innovation in the dairy industry, the release reads.

The family’s accomplishments came to DFA’s attention a few months after the Idsingas’ parents, Doug and Debbie Idsinga, were killed in a vehicle accident in 2006, the release said. Their four children, who range in age from 20 to 27, along with Darci’s husband, Denver, changed their life plans to take over operation of Crosswinds Dairy.

They now operate the 2,100-cow high-yield dairy and are considering an expansion, the release said.

Development seminar to start
A workshop on community development is planned Wednesday through Friday at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, according to a New Mexico Economic Development Department leaflet.

Donovan Rypkema, author of “Community Initiated Development” and “The Economics of Rehabilitation,” is the facilitator.

Presented by Clovis MainStreet and New Mexico MainStreet, the seminar is designed for economic developers, planners, architects and anyone interested in commercial revitalization.

According to Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien, space is available for a few more attendees.

Cost is $975 a person, with scholarships available, Beaubien said.
For information and to register, contact Beaubien at 309-8370 or robyne@clovisdowntown.org.

Center offering business workshop
The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College is holding a pre-venture seminar from 2-4 p.m. April 19, according to the center’s Web site.

The free workshop is designed for anyone interested in starting a business.

To register, call 769-4136 or visit www.nmsbdc.org/clovis.

Rural Economic Forum set for Clovis
The 2007 New Mexico Rural Economic Development Forum will be April 10-12 at the Clovis Civic Center.

The program, hosted by the New Mexico Rural Alliance, will address strategies for economic success, according to the forum Web site www.ruralforum.com.

The gathering of economic development leaders will enable attendees to hear from leading experts on partnerships and collaborations, according to organizers.

Clovis Mayor David Lansford is scheduled to speak at dinner April 10.

Cost is $250. Register by calling 763-6600 or (866) 963-6600 or visit the forum Web site www.ruralforum.com.

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