Analysts shoot for more hoots

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The burrowing owl is the subject of a Department of Defense study that includes Cannon Air Force Base and other Defense Department installations. (Courtesy Photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A single feather holds the biography of a burrowing owl. The atoms inside can reveal its diet, its source of water, its birth place. […]

Reporter’s notebook: Singer chosen to represent state

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer ZANESSA DODD SAID SHE watched the mail daily anticipating the letter from the National FFA Chorus. The Melrose High School senior, who has been a member of the Melrose FFA chapter for six years, has been selected to sing in the 2006 National FFA Chorus Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis. […]

Throwing money at agriculture not the solution

Paying farmers not to farm isn’t a new or shocking concept inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture: in fact, today it’s a widely accepted practice, used to keep the price of commodities pumped up, protect “wetlands” and advance other conservation goals, some of which have a dubious public benefit. But how about paying farmers in […]

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 […]

Livestock sale fair tradition

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Ring men Wayne Kinman of Elida, front, and Johnny Ogden of Floyd work the livestock auction crowd Friday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Andy deLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The contours of smooth-soled cowboy boots and treaded sneakers decorate the dirt. A man in a peach Oxford shirt dances across the […]

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, […]

Tidman-Elliott Engagement

Bud and Melanie Tidman of Albuquerque announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Erin Tidman, to Adam Elliott, both of Portales. He is the son of Bryan and Kathy Elliott of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the New Covenant Church in Albuquerque. The reception will be […]

Loss of jobs not sign of industry downfall

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist According to some pundits and political hustlers, free trade has led to a loss of “good manufacturing jobs.” Let’s look at it, but before doing so, let’s first see whether we should work ourselves into a tizzy over other job losses. In 1900, 41 percent of the U.S. labor force […]

4/25 Candidate profile

The following is one of a series of profiles on state candidates who visit the Clovis-Portales area: Jim Baca is campaigning for the Democratic ticket position of State Commissioner of Public Lands against Ray Powell. The office is currently held by Patrick Lyons, R-Cuervo. Baca held the office from 1983 to 1986 and from 1991 […]

CCC hosting agriculture series

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College is reaching into an historically neglected hemisphere, hoping to patch the gap between higher education and agriculture, according to college officials. CCC will host an agricultural seminar series this spring, segmented into three sessions. “This is the first time we’ve done a seminar quite like this,” […]

Day trips: Museum preserves agriculture heritage

Freedom Newspapers The main mission for the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock is to preserve the hidden treasures of American agriculture for future generations. According to the museum’s Web site, with nearly 400 toy and pedal tractors and over 300 other artifacts from farm equipment to household items on display, the museum strives to […]

Auction taste of ranch business

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Clayton Montague, 14, of Clovis, smiles as he watches the bidding on his dairy heifer during the Jr. Livestock Sale Friday at the Curry County Fair. Montague’s heifer sold for $3,200. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Even though the cow she raised sometimes nibbled on her hair, Chelsea Hinrichs suffered […]

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 […]

6/5 Agriculture Digest

State resubmits TB-free application The New Mexico Livestock Board submitted a second request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week for a bovine tuberculosis-free status for the state, according to state veterinarian Steve England. New Mexico lost its TB-free status in 2003 after several dairy cows were diagnosed with the disease, according to the […]

5/8 Agriculture Digest

Wheat demonstration being held Friday Farmers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas can learn about wheat production and variety selection at the 2005 Wheat Field Day from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Agricultural Science Center. Officials will present topics on wheat variety trial results, an update on the current status of […]

Dairy farming program exposes kids to agriculture

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Floyd fourth-grader Aracel Mendoza listens to Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Patrick Kircher talk about corn and its uses Thursday during the Southwest Dairy Farmer’s annual Kid, Kows and More program. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer A group of fourth-grade students listened attentively Thursday as Kay Lindsey separated the […]

Candidate profiles — District 63 State Representative

CNJ staff Republican Russell R. Grider and Democrat Jose Campos are running for District 63 State Representative. Name: Jose Campos Occupation: Owner of Joseph’s Bar and Grill Party: Democrat Age: 43 Hometown: Santa Rosa Wife: Christina Rivas Children: Analisa, 18; Andrea, 16; Jose III, 14 Hobbies: History, antique automobiles, scuba diving, golfing, camping, boating, water […]

Ag secretary makes rural connection

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman, right, answers questions along with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., during Wednesday’s press conference at ENMR. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The U.S. secretary of agriculture came to Clovis on Wednesday behind an entourage of political, dairy and technological gurus to promote […]

Project details women’s role in agriculture

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Glenda Balas grew up on a peanut farm in Portales and watched her mother play a vital role in the success of her family’s business. She also watched her mother, Verla Brown, 80, receive little credit for the successes. That’s one of the reasons the University of New […]

Ag 50 strong in first meeting

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico, a lobbying group for agriculture, held its organizational meeting last Tuesday, according to Blake Curtis, who was elected chairman. “We had good attendance,” he told directors of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber on Wednesday. The organization’s bylaws call for no more than 59 members, […]