Local farmer meets with congressmen

Freedom New Mexico Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla traveled to Capitol Hill recently with other Dairy Farmers of America Inc. board members and young cooperators to discuss issues affecting the dairy industry, according to a DFA news release. DFA members and staff met in Washington, D.C., for the cooperative’s annual D.C. Board Meeting and Hill […]

Clovis dairy farmer re-elected to DFA board

CNJ staff Dairy Farmers of America Inc.’s Board of Directors has re-elected Wayne Palla, a Clovis dairy farmer, as first vice chairman of the board, according to a news release from DFA. Palla is a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chairman of the Southwest Area Council, as well as being involved in other dairy-related […]

Speakers: Dairy outlook optimistic

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy Farmers of America President and CEO Rick Smith gives an update on DFA and the dairy industry at the DFA Southwest Area Industry Update Meeting on Wednesday in Clovis. The meeting aimed to give people involved in the dairy industry information about where the industry is headed and help […]

Dairy Farmers of America elects vice chairman

CNJ staff The board of directors of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. elected Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla as its first vice chairman. Palla has previously served as vice chair of DFA’s Board. He also is a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chair of the Southwest Area Council. Palla is on the National Milk […]

DFA closing Lovington cheese plant

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America announced Wednesday the immediate closing of its cheese plant in Lovington and layoff of its 61 employees there. It was unclear what if any direct effect the plant’s closing might have on operations at Southwest Cheese, where permit applications to the New Mexico Environment […]

State calls strike on city

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer More than $150,000 in legislative funds is being withheld from the city of Clovis because the state has determined the funds would be misused if they paid for construction at a Clovis baseball field. The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration has determined Clovis cannot be reimbursed […]

New dairy rules unfair, producer claims

By Andrew Martin: Chicago Tribune Hein Hettinga bottles milk from his Arizona farms and trucks it to stores in Arizona and Southern California. By controlling all stages of production, Hettinga says he can produce milk so efficiently that he and his customers can make a hefty profit at dirt-cheap prices. Such vertical integration, as it […]

6/16 Letters to the editor

Dairy Farmers officer: Story was wrong We were deeply troubled by your June 7 article about Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). It was completely incorrect and misrepresented DFA’s source, Walter Bradley. We must set the record straight because our relationships with the Southwest’s haulers, dairy farmers, milk cooperatives, trucking firms and the Portales and Clovis […]

DFA farmers back Cannon effort

CNJ staff Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., have joined “Operation Keep Cannon,” a grassroots campaign to keep Cannon Air Force Base, according to a DFA press release. “DFA’s dairy farmers don’t want to see the base close,” said Wayne Palla, Clovis dairy farmer and chairman for DFA’s Southwest Area Council. “We are huge supporters of […]

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 […]

Clovis native returning in dairy field

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley is coming back to Clovis, and he’s bringing the milk mustache with him. The Clovis native whose experience on dairies came from milking his grandmother’s cow recently accepted a position as director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America’s Southwest region, […]

Dairy industry, Irish firm about to say ‘cheese’

By Mike Linn A cheese plant in the area took a step closer to becoming a reality on Wednesday when dairy officials announced that advanced negotiations have started to build a $170 million cheese plant in the eastern New Mexico/West Texas region. The plant will be complete by the latter part of 2005, will staff […]