Senators: USDA approves split-state status of bovine tuberculosis in New Mexico

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved New Mexico for “split-state” status for bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Thievery occurs in agriculture too

By Glenda Price Manufacturers build big warehouses for storage of their products so they won’t be stolen. Agriculturists can’t do that. Crops in the field can’t be locked up. Neither can cattle or sheep — or horses. Since prevention is difficult, punishment after the fact was considered the next best option, the sooner the better, […]

Women play significant role in agriculture

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Argen Duncan Michelle Heavyside of Greenfield Park Dairy watches a cow and newborn calf on the dairy. While Heavyside doesn’t work with the cows, she is active in dairy-related organizations, supports her husband in his dairy work and keeps up with industry issu By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The classic […]

Feral hog population threatens agriculture industry

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or pest, for farmers across eastern New Mexico, a state agriculutural official said Thursday at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. State officials outlined the problem as well as a creative program still being developed to […]

Sunland wins marketing award

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Sunland Inc. employee Carmen Manquero watches jars being filled with peanut butter at the plant Tuesday. Sunland is New Mexico’s 2008 Agriculture Marketer. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working for peanuts has earned a Portales company top honors. Peanut processor Sunland Inc. is the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s […]

Udall meets with area agriculture officials

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Representative Tom Udall autographs a picture for Frank Fogarty, 9, while his Mother Sue Fogarty, looks on Monday at Daylight Donuts, during a question and answers session. Udall was also encouraging everyone to get out and vote early. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff U.S. Senate candidate Tom Udall told area […]

USDA error cuts grazing time for local ranchers

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer A state lawmaker is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for additional grazing time for roughly 100 Roosevelt County ranchers involved in a federal program. U.S. Rep.Tom Udall, D-N.M., said a clerical error resulted in the ranchers eligible for a special U.S. Department of Agriculture program that allowed grazing […]

Domenici diappointed with new farm bill for its approach to N.M. Dairy and agriculture interests

WASHINGTON – With Congress overturning a presidential veto, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today said he is disappointed that a new Farm Bill will become law with provisions that work against New Mexico’s dairy and agriculture interests. The Senate voted 80-14 to override President Bush’s veto of the Farm Bill (HR.2419, the Food, Conservation and Energy […]

Newest green efforts lack proper funding

Freedom New Mexico All the feel good mumbo jumbo aside, we see further evidence that going fully green still requires too many greenbacks to make it feasible. The most recent example comes from western Indiana. Reynolds, Ind., was to become BioTown USA. Gov. Mitch Daniels and the state Department of Agriculture wanted to create a […]

USDA releases recall list

Staff and wire reports The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a list Thursday of all school districts nationwide that received beef included in last month’s recall of 143 million pounds from a California slaughterhouse. Those districts include several from the area previously reported, plus some not previously listed: Clovis, Portales, Melrose, Grady, Texico, Logan, San […]

Farming foundation of future

By Mark Marsalis: Ag Sense In this day and age, it is easy to lose focus on what is important, and we often forget about the many blessings that we’ve been given. Agriculture is one such example. It has been said that “If you eat or wear clothes, then you are involved in agriculture”; I […]

Udall stumps in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M. spoke at Clovis-Carver Public Library Friday. “There is no doubt in my mind that we got ourselves into a civil war,” Udall said, speaking of the war in Iraq. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would make sure Cannon […]

Deporting illegal workers would put U.S. in bind

By Freedom Newspapers We can testify that many Americans have powerful feelings about illegal immigrants and desire both stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and ways to identify and if possible deport as many as possible of those workers who are here without proper legal authorization. Thus there is considerable support for the Bush administration […]

Food handouts harm economy in U.S., abroad

By Freedom Newspapers Even as many Americans continue to clamor that government hand just about everything into our waiting palms, elsewhere more people and groups are recognizing how vital free markets are to international development. The international humanitarian relief group CARE recently rejected a shipment from the U.S. government of some $46 million worth of […]

Business Digest: Emergency loan deadline set

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Farmers have until Dec. 2 to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Department of Agriculture to help cover the cost of losses suffered from the March tornadoes, according to a news release from New Mexico’s legislators. President Bush declared a state of disaster on April 2 in Curry […]

Cow know-how

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cody Lightfoot of Southwest Dairy Farmers talks to fourth-graders from Texico, Grady, Melrose, Farwell, Clovis Christian School and Portales Wednesday about how cows are milked at Kids, Kows and More at the Curry County Fairgrounds. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County […]

Ag Expo set for Tuesday

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Fairgrounds has been abuzz with activity as event organizers and volunteers prepare to welcome vendors and spectators to the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo that begins Tuesday. The New Mexico Ag Expo encompasses a variety of products and services that cater to the agriculture industry. Over the […]

Students don jackets in support of FFA week

By CNJ staff Clovis High School sophomore Kayla Urban and about 40 fellow CHS students will wear their blue corduroy jackets Friday as a symbol of their FFA membership. Wearing the jackets is one of several activities FFA members in Clovis and across the country will do to celebrate National FFA Week, which started Saturday […]

Reporter’s notebook: Work with youth rewarded

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A LATE CLOVIS resident was honored Tuesday for her lifetime commitment to a program that encourages youth participation in agriculture. DOROTHY MARKS, who died in 1988, was inducted posthumously into the New Mexico State University 4-H Hall of Fame at the college campus Tuesday afternoon, according to Janis Hallem, […]

Analysts shoot for more hoots

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The burrowing owl is the subject of a Department of Defense study that includes Cannon Air Force Base and other Defense Department installations. (Courtesy Photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A single feather holds the biography of a burrowing owl. The atoms inside can reveal its diet, its source of water, its birth place. […]