State ranks seventh in dairy product sales

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — New Mexico ranks seventh nationally in dairy product sales, with dairies adding more than $730 million to the state’s economy, according to a New Mexico State University agricultural economist. “Dollar for dollar, dairy is one of our big players,” said Ereney Hadjigeorgalis, an assistant professor in NMSU’s agricultural economics department. […]

Dairy industry has to follow regulations

Guest Columnist: Sharon Lombardi Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

Three local dairies receive state environmental award

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A cow peeks curiously through the fence of Do-Rene Dairy, one of the three local dairies recenly awarded for environmental awareness. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Environment Department has honored three local dairies for progressive efforts at streamlining and managing waste. The Do-Rene Dairy and the Rajen […]

On the moo-ve: More dairies planned

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Eastern New Mexico and West Texas have seen a boom in the dairy industry of late, and some local and state agriculture officials say it is due to minimal regulations. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Bathed in sun rays almost year-round and encompassed by tall mountain peaks, the San Joaquin Valley is […]

Dairies, legislation contributing to enrollment increases

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Benjamin Ramirez of Muleshoe, with Hugo Vasquez Construction, works on construction of a ramp and sidewalk Wednesday at DeShazo Elementary in Muleshoe. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At least three school districts in eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas expect enrollment increases this fall, largely due to the growing dairy […]

Q and A: Walter Bradley

Walter Bradley is the former lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The Clovis native is back in town, handling government and business relations with Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy co-op in the United States. DFA members produce about 57 billion pounds of milk per year, which is 33 percent of the nation’s output, according […]

Portales residents voice water concerns on TV

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Water may be a simple mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, but attaining the vital substance — at least for long-term use in eastern New Mexico — can be costly and complicated. Such themes surfaced time and again during KENW-TV’s broadcast of “Just Add Water: Facing New Mexico’s Water Issues,” on […]

Cheese plant will bring jobs, but worries for some

By Glen Seeber Cheese is the bait. Jobs are the target. Chase Gentry, executive director of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said a proposed cheese-processing plant could directly and indirectly produce more than 1,000 jobs if it opens as planned in 2005. But some area residents have concerns about the plans. “We need the economic value […]

Plant water use relatively low

By Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Curry County officials also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]