Business Briefs 3/16

Aid center halts discrimination Fair housing laws in New Mexico are being enforced by the Fair Housing Center of New Mexico Legal Aid, according to a news release from Nita Luna-Davis, Fair Housing Center director. The organization “recently achieved an important victory for a father and son, and a biracial couple, experiencing race and family […]

Weather no problem at ag expo

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Vendors promoting a bevy of products to help endorse, maximize and reinvent the business of agriculture closed their booths and headed home on Wednesday as the New Mexico Ag Expo came to an end. Organizers say the event that started on Tuesday with a light, wind-driven snow and ended on a […]

12th annual Ag Expo begins in Portales

By Tony Parra PORTALES — The 12th Annual Ag Expo is right around the corner and people from around the United States will showcase this country’s agriculture at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday through Wednesday. The festivities for the Ag Expo range from quilting and cooking to tractor shows and dairy cattle. “It draws people […]

Water conservation effort draws concern

By Jack King Officials of Clovis’ water policy advisory board and the Curry County Commission are still working out compromise language for a resolution encouraging and supporting water conservation, advisory board Chairman Randy Crowder said Wednesday. The City Commission adopted an emergency drought management plan, with water conservation plans and regulations, on Nov. 6. Crowder […]

Farmers and ranchers dabble in ‘show biz’

STAFF & WIRE REPORTS His family has spent generations farming. He has been seeding and reaping all his life. And Jim Anderson can’t quite get over the fact that now he is in the entertainment business. “They never would have imagined,” he said of his father and uncle, who bought their 200-acre farm outside Erie, […]

Technology helps out ancient profession

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Buddy Jorde, 14, bags potatos for John Jay Ball at the Portales Farmer’s Market on Thursday. The Jorde family, which includes Sheri (left) and Jessica, is using the Internet to save money on shipping crops. Photo by Kevin Wilson. By Mike Linn While many use the Internet as an electronic maze of MP3 piracy and […]

Agriculture chief water user in area

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By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]

Dryland farming may not be a viable option

By Tony Farkas Since the High Plains’ economy is based on agriculture, and since water for crops and livestock may soon be in short supply, one solution seems obvious: Farmers should stop irrigating and raise dryland crops. But that won’t work, most agricultural experts agree. “I don’t see that happening, not in my lifetime,” said […]