Sept. 5, 2006 Business Briefs

Cattle Feeders
holding convention
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association will hold its annual convention Oct.11-13 at the Amarillo Civic Center, according to a TCFA news release.
The group and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will meet jointly as TSCRA convenes for its quarterly board and committee meetings, the release said.
TCFA and TSCRA members will meet jointly in two general sessions. Clayton Yeutter, former U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary and U.S. trade representative, is scheduled to speak about beef’s potential in global economic and trade issues, according to the news release.
The Texas CattleWomen also will hold its annual convention Oct. 13-15 in Amarillo.

Board member’s
term extended
Peanut producer Jimmie Shearer of Portales will continue to serve on the National Standards Peanut Board for a new three-year stint, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.).
Shearer’s appointment was extended by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, the release said.
“Jimmie Shearer’s knowledge of the New Mexico peanut industry is of great value and it is important that he remain on the Naitonal Standards Peanut Board,” Bingaman was quoted as saying in the release.

Federal drought
assistance available
The Department of Agriculture is making $1.3 million available in grant funding to New Mexico ranchers in Curry, Roosevelt and 29 other counties who lost livestock during the drought late last year and the first half of this year, according to a news release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. 
“With all the rain New Mexico has gotten in recent weeks, it’s easy to forget our state had been suffering from serious drought conditions for a very long time.  I’m glad funding is being made available to ranchers who suffered livestock losses during that difficult period,” Bingaman said.

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