Conservation program policies modified

CNJ staff The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, according […]

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Jacque Wuest of Clovis displays one of the potted plants she plans on entering in the Curry County Fair this year. Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local […]

Dairy owners say drought shriveling profits

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Cass Anderson feeds cattle on his family’s dairy near Portales Thursday afternoon. Due to droughts around the West, prices for hay are up while quality and quantity are down, putting stress on dairy finances. Argen Duncan While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is […]

Changes to drought management plan proposed

Kevin Wilson Proposed changes to the city’s drought management plan would leave most elements unchanged, but give more latitude to the city to take immediate action. The ordinance, an amendment to Section 13.24.020 of the city code, is scheduled for introduction during a meeting Thursday of the Clovis City Commission. City Commissioner Randy Crowder said […]

Fire officials dissuade use of fireworks

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales fire officials say it would be better for local residents to not set off fireworks from home on Monday because of the state’s extreme drought conditions. Alisa Boswell With extreme drought conditions in New Mexico, local fire officials are saying it’s probably best for Clovis and Portales […]

Times of drought remind us to be thankful for better days

With all of my heart, I hope that T-shirts emblazoned with that slogan are soon printed and available. At this point, though, one wonders if they ever will be. I hate to whine. Well, that’s probably not strictly true. Most whiners whine because they enjoy it, and while they’re doing it, they don’t have to […]

Area farmers, ranchers say federal aid little help in drought

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County farmer Gene Massey harvests some of his wheat crop Friday in Rogers, southeast of Portales. He said the yield is down from 20 bushels an acre last year to 5-12 bushels an acre this year. Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and […]

Forecaster: La Nina weather pattern locking area in drought

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico and a significant port of the U.S. are locked in a strong La Nina weather pattern, resulting in exceptional drought conditions and extremely high temperatures, National Weather Service officials said Wednesday. “This is not just happening on eastern New Mexico. It is the same over most of southwestern United […]

Drought won’t delay farmers’ markets

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Don Wiley, owner of Good Shepherd Farm in Curry County, inspects carrots pulled Monday from inside his greenhouse. Wiley also grows kale, tomatoes and broccoli. Kevin Wilson The drought in Curry County hasn’t stopped Don Wiley from getting ready for annual farmers’ markets in both Clovis and Portales. “We’re in […]

Drought, fires may affect local economy

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sand dunes in the area around State Road 467 and a “dust bowl” effect are becoming more common in Curry County as wildfires continue in the midst of drought conditions. Sharna Johnson In the midst of drought and wildfires, Eastern New Mexico looks more like a dust bowl everyday. But […]