Western Dairy Transport lays off about 75 workers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Western Dairy Transport’s Portales location let about 75 employees go Wednesday after a contract with Dairy Farmers of America expired. The contract accounted for about two-thirds of the business in the Clovis/Portales area, company President David Shelton said. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Western Dairy Transport in Portales laid […]

Press release: More than $18 million in CRP payments going to New Mexico farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Salomon Ramirez, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico today announced that USDA has almost completed issuing over $18 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments to eligible producers in New Mexico. More than $1.7 billion in CRP payments are being made on 31 million acres across the country. […]

FFA students start fundraiser

Freedom New Mexico Area agriculture programs and Future Farmers of America chapters are beginning their fundraising with fruit and meat sales. Clovis FFA advisor Mark Runyan said the sales start this week and go through Nov. 18. Programs in Melrose, Grady, Texico, Clovis and Portales will be selling the products. All area FFA programs collect […]

Time running out on vouchers

CNJ staff Seniors with farmers’ market vouchers are running out of time to use them. Heidi Liedtke with the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association said while the vouchers expire on Nov. 15, Clovis and Portales farmers’ markets will close the last week of October. Liedtke said about 65 percent of the vouchers have been used […]

Dairy consortium makes strides

By Robert Hagavoort: AgSense The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium (SGPDC), which was officially formed in 2007, is making huge strides this year thanks to federal and allied industry funding, as well as the indispensable support of area dairy farmers.

Lawmakers wrangle over dairy money

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Lawmakers in Congress from eastern and western states disagreed Thursday on how to distribute $350 million in federal money designated to help dairy farmers. Under an agreement set Wednesday, $60 million would go to buy surplus dairy products, but there were no details on how to dole out the […]

Researchers looking at biofuel crops for area

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The High Plains agriculture scene could get in on the action in biofuel production, and its profits, if two researchers have their way. The two scientists at New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis are looking into what biofuel-producing crops could most benefit eastern New Mexico and […]

Udall supports N.M. dairy farmers in meeting with agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to discuss efforts to address the national dairy crisis. The meeting was held in response to a letter sent by Udall and other senators on July 15th, calling for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase dairy price supports by […]

Farmers markets offer fresh produce, conversation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lisa Dunagan of Clovis, right, pays Margie Plummer of Portales and owner of Veggie Shack for some fresh onions, peas, and squash Tuesday at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. Dunagan said she likes to buy her produce fresh. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Some come for the money, some come […]

Farmers hope for more rain

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan A truck waits at the intersection of First and Main streets during Tuesday’s storm. Despite rainfall Tuesday night and over the weekend, farmers and ranchers still need more moisture. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. […]

Press release: USDA says MILC payments on way to dairy farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Brenda Archuleta, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced today that because of low dairy prices across the country, producers participating in USDA’s Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program will soon begin to receive payments. “As a result of low dairy prices, we will soon begin distributing MILC […]

Milk prices hitting dairy farmers hard

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Andres Chavez of Clovis attaches a milking machine to dairy cows Friday at SAS dairy. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With unprocessed milk prices at the lowest many dairy farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties have ever seen, they are borrowing against the equity in their operations or going […]

Farmers: Year’s first rain a start

By Sharna Johnson and Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Sunday night’s gusty thunderstorm brought the area’s first rain of the year, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, but area farmers said their crops still need more moisture. Showers accompanying the brief storm, which hit around 6 p.m., dumped between a quarter and three-quarter […]

Fluctuating fertilizer prices hurt farmers, dealers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Curtis Breshears of SPRA-Green Inc. saw his fertilizer sales drop by two-thirds last year because of high prices. However, decreases in fertilizer costs this winter have things looking better, he said. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Fueled by roller coaster oil prices, high fertilizer prices are hurting not only […]

Tough times for dairy farmers

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan Pimpi Trillo (left) and Isabel Vicuna work in the milking parlor at Anderson Dairy near Portales. Due to the current global economic troubles, dairies are struggling with low milk prices. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Area dairy farmers, like their counterparts around the nation, are struggling financially due to the […]

Dry season could leave farmers’ wallets lighter

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer argen_duncan@link.freedom.com A dry winter, on top of a dry year, is leaving some area farmers worried and some just waiting to see what happens. Elida dryland farmer Greg Burris estimated that his crops have received much less than half of what is considered […]

Farmers: Weather great for peanut harvest

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Kenneth Cox dumps a load of freshly harvested peanuts into a trailer Wednesday evening southeast of Dora. Cox said the crop is average this year. He expects to be done harvesting in about three days. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico This summer’s weather has had an effect on the […]

Rains delay farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dennis Chavez Park, located next to 14th Street, is flooded Monday as a result of the weekend’s rains. By Gabriel Monte and Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Farmers in the process of harvesting their crops in the eastern New Mexico and West Texas region are playing the waiting game with […]

Oct. 12, 2008 Weddings

Jump-Sparks Kelly Jump of Portales and Cody Sparks of Fort Sumner were joined in marriage Sept. 12, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Portales. The Rev. David McFadden performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Janeen Jump of Glenwood and Rick Jump of Belen. She is the granddaughter of Georgia […]

Residents make Farmers’ Market regular stop

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Martie Hale, 71 of Clovis, said she buys her vegetables from the Farmers’ Market in Clovis because they are fresher than produce at supermarkets. “I need to eat well, to stay as healthy as I can,” she said. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer On doctor’s orders, Martie Hale of […]