Reserve program pays off for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Melrose farmer James Bostwick stands in one of his CRP fields. Bostwick has been farming for over 40 years and in the CRP program for 20 years. Christina Calloway Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program in 2011 received a combined $9.95 […]

Agriculture industry intertwined

Remember that song, “toe bone connected to the foot bone, connected to the ankle bone….?” Agriculturists for sure know the “words to that song.” Water is the first bone. Gotta have it. Large sections of our country, where water from the sky seldom falls, depend on irrigation water — either from rivers and lakes (snowmelt) […]

Ranchers say USDA not giving insurance payments

Argen Duncan A number of New Mexico ranchers say the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t giving them the insurance payments they paid for and need. Last year, the USDA Risk Management Agency offered a pilot program in which ranchers in New Mexico and other states could work with private insurance companies to buy policies they […]

Field Day focuses on water

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Argen Duncan People need to know water for agriculture provides food and fiber, and Curry County is the top producer of raw agriculture products in the state, the new state secretary of agriculture said. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte gave the keynote speech during the annual field day at the New Mexico State […]

Weekly update — July 24

Curry County fairbooks available Fairbooks are available for the 2011 Curry County Fair. Fairbooks contain information on everything from the livestock, agriculture and home economics division to 4-H and other departments, including rules for each division and contest. They can be picked up at the Curry County Events Center, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and […]

Texico ag teacher recognized by NMSU

Texico agriculture teacher Tod Pinnell was recognized as the Outstanding Agriculture Teacher of the year by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. An NMSU alumnus, Pinnell has trained 24 state championship teams in areas including parliamentary law, livestock evaluation, entomology and dairy evaluation. His students have won the Production Sweepstakes […]

Financial help available for weather damage

CNJ staff Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. According to the release: • Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service […]

Year in review: 2010 good year for cotton crop

Argen Duncan Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. Predictions […]

Ag research on display at annual Field Day

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File photo Field Day is open to the public and includes a tour of center research projects, lunch and a keynote speech by NMSU President Barbara Couture. Argen Duncan Agriculture producers and others in the community can learn about regional agriculture issues, research and advances at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at […]

Agsense: Report overestimates agriculture’s carbon footprint

In July 2009, I reported on a controversial 2006 Food and Agriculture Organization report called “Livestock’s Long Shadow.” This report aimed to assess the impact of livestock production worldwide on environmental issues in which it lumped together the environmental impact of so-called “slash and burn” agricultural practices in developing countries to efficient modern farming practices […]