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 […]