Northwest Plains Pest Management News

Monti Vandiver Crops continue to challenge producers at every turn, many if not most, current issues are simply a culmination of this years hot, dry and windy weather conditions. At some point accumulated crop stress will overwhelm the plants ability to hold on. Dr. Bob Nielson (Extension Corn Specialist, Purdue University) presented me with a […]

Seminar offering drought management information

Argen Duncan Farmers and ranchers dealing with drought have a chance to gain management information with a seminar scheduled for Monday. Admission is free, and no preregistration is required. The drought-management workshop is geared toward local agricultural producers. “There’s times you need a little more information to make a decision, and I’m hoping some of […]

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 […]

Press release: Lujan Highlights UDSA Program to Help Ranchers and Livestock Producers Suffering From Grazing Losses

Santa Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

USDA authorizing grazing on CRP land

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized livestock producers in Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties to graze their cattle on land enrolled in conservation programs. According to a memorandum issued Wednesday, the department authorized a 30-day use of CRP lands for grazing by livestock producers who lost pasture or fences due to […]

Ag training sessions available

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is conducting free training sessions for its Rural Energy for America Program and Value Added Producer Grant program. Eligible applicants for REAP include agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Eligible applicants for VAPG include independent producers, farmers or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled producer-based […]

Bingaman: USDA changes will benefit New Mexico livestock producers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making it easier for livestock producers not affected by bovine tuberculosis (TB) to move their animals across state lines, even if TB is present in the state. The changes are expected to result in substantial savings in cost and time […]

Loaning tax dollars to fund reactors risky

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has announced that the government will offer an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to help Atlanta-based Southern Co., one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States, build two more nuclear reactors at its Vogtle plant near Augusta, Ga. The guarantee would cover about 70 percent of the […]

Press Release: Deadline looms for EQIP conservation assistance

Local agricultural producers and operators of non-industrial private forests are reminded to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

USDA announces new dairy economic loss assistance payment program to provide financial relief to struggling dairy producers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2009 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of the new Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment (DELAP) program. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill authorized $290 million for loss assistance payments to eligible dairy producers. “Through this program, eligible dairy producers will receive economic assistance that will help stabilize their operations […]

Wheat variety selection important

By Rex Kirksey: NMSU More than with any other crop, it seems that producers of wheat save their own seed from year to year, rather than purchase seed for planting. That practice may not always be a sound business decision. As producers look for opportunities to reduce input costs, saving money on purchased seed may […]

USDA schedules conservation meeting

CNJ Staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is signing up agriculture producers for its new Conservation Stewardship Program. A public information meeting about the program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 4 in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program encourages conservation practices in agriculture and forestry. The […]

Business digest: Sorghum producers board meets Tuesday

CNJ staff The National Sorghum Producers board of directors will meet today in Clovis. The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Clovis Business Enterprise Center. National Sorghum Producers act as a voice for the industry regarding legislation, regulation and education. Toby Bostwick of Melrose serves as chairman. He is a sorghum and wheat […]

Farmers: Recent rain not enough

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Recent rains have helped crops in Roosevelt and Curry counties, but farms and ranches still need more, producers said. Allen Deen, who dryland farms southeast of Floyd, said his family is planting hay grazer and milo. “We’re just marginal on our moisture, but we’re kind of running out of […]

New Mexico cattle industry praises USDA decision

Cattle producers in New Mexico are extremely pleased with the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to grant New Mexico split-state state status under the bovine (TB) tuberculosis regulations. “We are all breathing a huge sigh of relief,” said Alisa Ogden, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association […]

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 […]

America’s Most Wanted air date changed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer

Popular childrens show goes live

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Courtesy photo “Backyardigans Live!” will be performed August 14 at the City Bank Auditorium in Lubbock. Freedom New Mexico From the producers of Broadway Across America’s “Go, Diego Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue,” “The Backyardigans Live! Tale of the Might Knights” is based on Neilson Media Research’s No. 2-rated preschool show on commercial television […]

Ag Sense: Dairy farmers dedicated to land

While there has been much to do in the news in regards to dairying, it is important to understand that dairy farmers in New Mexico are strictly regulated and required to comply with a long list of environmental regulations before they are even allowed to produce milk. It is also important to understand that these […]

Forcing farmers to promote dairy goes too far

By Freedom New Mexico As congressional fights go, this one isn’t on the scale of the annual budget battle that rages for months. But it is important because it shows how far Congress and the rest of the federal government have strayed from the government described in the Constitution. There’s a tug-of-war going on primarily […]