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 […]

Senators: USDA approves split-state status of bovine tuberculosis in New Mexico

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved New Mexico for “split-state” status for bovine tuberculosis (TB).

12-23 Business digest

CNJ staff USDA opens public comment to regulation changes The U.S. Department of Agriculture started accepting public comment Monday on a new regulation changing adjusted gross income qualifications for disaster and commodity programs, according to a USDA press release. Changes include reducing qualifications for disaster and commodity programs from an adjusted gross income of $2.5 […]

USDA declares counties disaster areas

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared 31 New Mexico counties disaster areas Thursday because of persisting drought conditions, including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help cover their losses, according […]

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, […]

BINGAMAN: USDA FUNDS HELP NEW MEXICO SENIORS ACCESS FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

BINGAMAN: USDA FUNDS HELP NEW MEXICO SENIORS ACCESS FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Free market better protection than USDA

Freedom New Mexico Uncle Sam protects us. The United States Department of Agriculture, for example, inspects our food. So we’re safe, right? Of course we’re not. Absent the hard work of the Humane Society of the United States, a private entity, the USDA would remain clueless about the outrageous practices of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Corp. […]

USDA rural development to hold local workshop

USDA Rural Development to Host Workshops on the Section 9006 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program and the Value Added Producer Grant Program Albuquerque, NM – Ryan Gleason, New Mexico USDA Rural Development State Director announced today that the Agency will host workshops across the state to inform prospective applicants on the USDA Rural Development […]

Beef tied to federal recall consumed in area schools

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At least five cases of beef tied to a federal recall were already consumed in local schools before the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning, according to state officials. However, the USDA has said the meat poses little to no risk to student’s health. The USDA on Sunday […]

State gives beef disposal instructions to schools

The Human Services Department Instructs Schools to Dispose of Recalled Beef Most of the recalled beef in New Mexico is still in school district inventories Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Human Services Department today received instructions from the USDA on how to handle the nearly 3,000 cases of Westland Meat Co. recalled […]

Rural home loans available

Federal Government Funding Available For Home Loans in Rural New Mexico Albuquerque, NM, January 14, 2008 – USDA Rural Development State Director Ryan Gleason reminded rural New Mexicans that the agency he leads has financing for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (GRH) and other housing programs. In making the announcement, Gleason said, “While […]

Q&A: Department cultivates rural life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Ryan Gleason is the New Mexico director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. He was appointed by President Bush in May 2006. He oversees a staff of 59 employees located in 11 offices throughout the state. A fifth-generation New Mexican, Gleason, 32, was born in Portales. Gleason […]

ENMU receives broadcast grant

CNJ Staff Eastern New Mexico University has been awarded a $629,898 grant from the USDA to bring digital broadcasting to the rural areas of eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The grant will be used to construct digital and high definition television transmitters in Artesia, Fort Sumner, Ruidoso […]

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, […]

FSA community applications sought

CNJ Staff Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency. FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors […]

Testing decision should be government-free

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist If a hospital wanted to advertise that it upholds sanitary standards higher than any required by the government, no one would object. A used car dealer that decided to offer only vehicles with the best crash-test scores would be free to do so. But after a meat packer announced plans […]

6/12 Agriculture Digest

DPNM holding annual trade show Dairy Producers of New Mexico Annual Convention/ Trade Show is Friday and Saturday in Ruidoso. Dairy Producers of New Mexico is a grassroots agriculture association for New Mexico and West Texas dairy producers. The Trade Show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Ruidoso Convention Center, with […]

State status on bovine TB downgraded

By Jack King Negotiations between a Roosevelt County dairyman and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the destruction of a herd of cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis have reached an impasse. Destroying, or “depopulating,” the herd — and a second infected herd in Roosevelt County — could help New Mexico regain its TB-free status in […]

Business Digest

The city of Clovis is seeking applicants to serve as representatives from Districts 1 and 4 on its Economic Developent Tax Advisory Board, according to a city press release. The board meets at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. It makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding allocation of economic development […]