Business digest: Bank names senior vice president

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

Paul Ellis of Clovis has joined American Heritage Bank as senior vice president. Responsible for all types of commercial and consumer lending, Ellis said he has been in banking since 1976.

He had been vice president and commercial lender at Access Bank in Clovis.
A Hobart, Okla., native, Ellis said he earned his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla.

He is a member of the Clovis Rotary Club, the Elks Club of Clovis and Harley Owners Group, according to Ellis.

Agriculture business sessions held

Sessions have been scheduled in January and February in Lubbock for the Master Marketer Program available through Texas Cooperative Extension for agricultural producers and agribusiness leaders, according to an Extension news release.

The four-session, 64-hour course provides intensive marketing training focusing on cotton, feedgrains, wheat and livestock, the news release states.

Dates are Jan. 3-4, Jan. 17-18, Jan. 31-Feb.1 and Feb. 14-15.

The cost is $250. To apply, send a check payable to Texas Extension Education Foundation, Account 8200, by Dec. 20 to Texas Extension Education Foundation, P.O. Box 946, College Station, TX 77841-0946. Enrollment is limited to 60 participants.

Information is available by contacting Jackie Smith at (806) 746-6101 or e-mail or visit

Randy Cain Farms wins sorghum award

Randy Cain Farms of Curry County was a national winner in the 2006 National Sorghum Producers Yield and Management Contest, according to a National Sorghum Producers news release.

Randy Cain Farms won the conventional-till, irrigated category with a plot of sorghum that yielded 172 bushels, compared with the five-year county average of 82 bushels, the release reads.

Michael Willmon of Curry County came in second in the category for New Mexico, with a yield of 140 bushels.

National and state winners will be recognized Jan. 14-16 at the 2007 National Sorghum Producers and Southern Seed Association Joint Conference in Santa Ana Pueblo.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: