Extension office plans meeting on wildfire losses

Freedom Reports Agricultural producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties who experienced losses in the wildfire Sunday can get information at a meeting next week, according to a news release from the counties’ Cooperative Extension Service. The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Extension Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds, 1900 […]

Commodities market risky

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune A truck waits to be filled with grain Friday afternoon at the JD Heiskell Holdings LLC grain elevators in Portales. The market for agricultural commodities, including corn and wheat, has become volatile due to speculative trading, farmers and grain dealers said. Argen Duncan Speculation in agricultural commodities markets is causing greater […]

Ag training sessions available

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is conducting free training sessions for its Rural Energy for America Program and Value Added Producer Grant program. Eligible applicants for REAP include agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Eligible applicants for VAPG include independent producers, farmers or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled producer-based […]

Ag research on display at annual Field Day

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File photo Field Day is open to the public and includes a tour of center research projects, lunch and a keynote speech by NMSU President Barbara Couture. Argen Duncan Agriculture producers and others in the community can learn about regional agriculture issues, research and advances at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at […]

Press Release: Deadline looms for EQIP conservation assistance

Local agricultural producers and operators of non-industrial private forests are reminded to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

State engineer blocks agricultural well applications

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Citing limited groundwater supply in the area, the Office of the State Engineer has issued an order to close the Ogallala Aquifer to new applications for agricultural wells. The issue drew discussion during a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday lasting just 15 minutes, with all action items unanimously approved […]

Ag workers seek compensation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico is hearing a debate over whether agriculture workers need to be included in the state-run workers compensation system. A group of civil rights organizations is suing to have New Mexico agricultural workers included. However, many in the agriculture industry have said their employees are already covered and […]

N.M. Senators: Senate-approved agriculture spending bill supports New Mexico

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that a key spending bill that passed the Senate today (80-17) contains funding for key New Mexico agricultural-related projects. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill contains $350,000 the senators secured for the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium. The funding is for New Mexico State University’s Agriculture Science […]

Interviews leave lasting impression

In my day job as an agricultural journalist I interview people. Through the years I’ve learned to study a person’s history and accomplishments before we talk. Interestingly, most of the country folks I interview are not fooled by their alleged “importance.” They’re just glad someone finally asked their opinions, and that the interviewer is actually […]

Annual Field Day slated for Aug. 28

Mark Marsalis: Ag Sense Each August, the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis holds its annual Field Day. This year, it will be held on Aug. 28. The event is designed to not only help producers become more productive and efficient through education, but to also inform community citizens not familiar with […]