Letters to the editor: Serious drought calls for prayer

Serious drought calls for prayer Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to […]

Peanut researchers focus on shelf life, drought tolerance

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan National Peanut Board Chairman George Jeffcoat of Alabama, left, speaks as New Mexico Peanut Growers President Wayne Baker of Portales listens at the peanut growers annual meeting Wednesday at the Memorial Building. Jeffcoat said the board has spent $16 million on research in its existence, and research keeps the peanut […]

Press release: Spring 2011 forecast includes more wild weather

State College, Pa. — 3 March 2011 — AccuWeather reports the AccuWeather.com forecast for Spring 2011 calls for more wild weather for the U.S. The biggest concerns center around expectations of an active severe weather season, the spreading of a severe drought and a high wildfire danger, and, as always, threats for flooding. Paul Pastelok, […]

Press release: Low interest business loans for drought impact

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the federal government is making low-interest loans available to small, nonfarm businesses in 21 New Mexico counties that were affected by drought and high winds that occurred April 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]

Bingaman: New Mexico counties eligible for drought disaster aid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that six New Mexico counties been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas due to continuing drought. As a result of the declaration, farmers and ranchers in Do

USDA declares seven counties disaster areas due to drought

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Acting Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Brenda Archuleta, announced that the US. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated seven (7) New Mexico counties as disaster areas due to the ongoing drought and high winds in portions of the state, from October 1, 2008 and continuing. Secretary Vilsack […]

News release: Senators press for drought declaration for seven N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to quickly approve New Mexico’s request for a natural disaster declaration for seven counties due to severe drought and high winds.

Rain rarity for some country folk

By Glenda Price: Columnist It rained the day I wrote this column. I saw it, stood in it, tasted it. It was good. Ranch folks, especially those of us who grew up in the drought years of the 1950s, have permanent cricks in our necks from looking up at the sky watching for rainclouds. We’ve […]

Drought management for alfalfa

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist While alfalfa is one of the few legumes that can go dormant during extended dry periods, alfalfa growers should consider several strategies to protect their alfalfa stands during drought to protect it for future years. If enough plants survive the drought (5 plants per square foot or 40 stems per […]

USDA declares 31 counties as disasters due to drought

Albuquerque, NM – State Executive Director for the New Mexico Farm Service Agency, Rick Lopez, today expressed his appreciation for the decision to designate 31 counties in New Mexico a disaster due to drought. “Our farmers and Ranchers in New Mexico have been enduring a tough year in most parts of the State. This drought, […]

Year-round water plan suggested

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder expects new water conservation ordinances to come into effect next summer. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A new plan city commissioners adopted in their last meeting will lead to year-round ordinances restricting water use next year. City commissioners adopted a water […]

Ag Expo features drought lessons

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Visitors attending the first day of the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales today can receive useful information on a common problem facing farmers and ranchers of the Southwest — drought. New Mexico State University extension range management specialist Chris Allison will lead the seminar “Planning For the […]

Sept. 5, 2006 Business Briefs

Cattle Feeders holding convention The Texas Cattle Feeders Association will hold its annual convention Oct.11-13 at the Amarillo Civic Center, according to a TCFA news release. The group and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will meet jointly as TSCRA convenes for its quarterly board and committee meetings, the release said. TCFA and TSCRA […]

Compensation was waste with ulterior motive

Freedom Newspapers In February 2003, cattle rancher Nico de Boer in Texas watched the space shuttle Columbia break up in the sky above his ranch. Weeks later he was surprised to learn that because of that disaster he was one of hundreds of Texas ranchers entitled to up to $40,000 in federal disaster compensation funds, […]

Call for more aid for Africa will not help

By Walter E. Williams : syndicated columnist British Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with other G-8 leaders, have called for the doubling of foreign aid to African nations by 2010. The idea that foreign aid is a route out of poverty and political instability is not only bankrupted but a cruel and evil hoax as […]

Fireworks ban irks vendors

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer With Independence Day fast approaching, the possibility of a fireworks-free celebration has vendors praying for rain. Because of persistent drought conditions in the area, the Curry County Commission placed a ban earlier this month restricting the sale and use of fireworks. The proclamation prohibits the sale of rockets, helicopters, […]

Drought assistance available to farmers

CNJ staff Federal disaster assistance is available to farmers and ranchers in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties who have endured economic hardship as a result of the region’s continuing drought, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has announced. For information about low-interest emergency loans, contact the Farm Service Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at […]

Dry weather leads to lean cattle

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Absent from the usual High Plains landscape is the fresh green of winter wheat. But with little expected relief from drought-like conditions, crisp, amber fields are just one harsh reality farmers and ranchers in the region must confront. As the major source of food for cattle withers, many have […]

Congress approves funding for Cannon

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Monday said he fully expects President Bush to quickly sign into law a military construction bill that includes $9.5 million to construct a consolidated airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from the senator’s office. The Senate on Monday gave final […]