2/7 Business digest

Portales hosting agricultural expo
Portales will host the 14th Annual New Mexico Agricultural Expo on Feb. 21-22.

According to an expo press release, the event will feature more than 400 vendors in 160 booths with products, technological advancements and services.

The expo is sponsored by Plateau Wireless and Hamilton Automotive Group. The event is free and visitors will have the chance to enter a drawing to win a 16-foot stock trailer.

Exhibitor booths are still available and cost between $375 for an inside booth or $425 for a larger outside space. For information regarding a booth or attendance information, call (800) 635-8036 or e-mail:

Application forms may also be printed from the Ag Expo Web site at www.nmagexpo.com

Grants to be awarded to community groups
The Allstate Foundation, a charitable organization focused on fostering strong communities, awarded 24 grants totaling $47,500 to New Mexico community organizations, according to an Allstate Foundation press release.

Clovis agents Mike Reyna for Elks Lodge No. 1244 and Ronnie Tafoya for the Clovis Fire Department were both grant recipients.

The Allstate Agency Hands in the Community grant program recognized Allstate agents and financial specialists for outstanding commitment to community service with a $500 donation to the charitable organizations where they volunteer.

To qualify for a grant, agencies must show evidence of volunteer work that has had a positive impact on the local community.

Officials say plant making progress
Maurice Keene, Chief Executive Director at Southwest Cheese, said the cheese manufacturing company is making great strides to reach full production.

“Our goals have been met,” Keene said, “and we are making good satisfactory progress.”

Keene said Southwest Cheese currently employs more than 200 people and plans to hire an additional 20 employees over the next year.

VistaCare looking to expand services
VistaCare of Clovis is looking to expand its business by offering “unique end-of-life services,” according to company officials.

VistaCare currently employs 13 people who work in teams to provide hospice care to terminally ill patients. The team consists of a registered nurse, a certified nurse’s aide, a social worker, a volunteer and an optional non-denominational chaplain.

Jackie Lara, director of professional relations, said the service her company offers is a 100 percent Medicare benefit. She said they also accept all insurance plans.

Lara said VistaCare doesn’t require a do-not-resuscitate order or for the patient to be homebound.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Garner. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: