Officials: No new information on egg farm fire

CNJ Staff A parent company has reported no new information regarding Thursday’s fire at an egg plant near Farwell. Tim Dawson, chief financial officer for Cal-Maine, based in Jackson, Miss., said there is no new information beyond what the company released Friday, one day after a fire destroyed four laying buildings and killed approximately 800,000 […]

Author found success after struggle

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist I grew up to be 16 on a small farm, driving a tractor, pulling a one-way and plowed all day and dreamed of being a cowboy. My hero was none other than Zane Grey and yet not a cowboy, but the best writer of the west. Recently I’ve had time […]

Hondo Iris Farm currently in bloom

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Courtesy of the Hondo Iris Farm Visitors to the Hondo Iris Farm can take in the sight of many blooming irises, as well as hummingbirds and the Hondo Valley. Place: The Hondo Iris Farm Location: The farm is located just off of U.S. 70 at Mile Marker 284 between Roswell and Ruidoso. The location is […]

Lobbyists release expense reports

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Several state farm and ranch organizations on Thursday hosted their annual “Growing For You” dinner in the Rotunda of the Capitol, dishing out free plates of meat, vegetables, ice cream sandwiches and bags of salted peanuts to lawmakers, staff, lobbyists, building personnel, reporters, visitors and anyone else […]

Local restaurant hosting record release party

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Courtesy photo Mark Kelley will perform at a Blues Farm Records CD release party Saturday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Freedom New Mexico Local musician Keeson Bell will perform at a Blues Farm Records CD release party Saturday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Blues Farm Records country recording artist Mark Kelley is bringing the release party for […]

Dec. 9 — Business digest

CNJ staff De Baca family named state Farm and Livestock Bureau Family of the Year De Baca County ranchers Richard, Ellen and Amy Vaughan, have been named the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau’s “Family of the Year” during the organization’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, according to a bureau news release. Marking their 100th year […]

Ag center hosting peanut field day

CNJ staff The Agricultural Science Center of Clovis will have its annual Peanut Field Day on Monday. Registration will be at the Eastern New Mexico University Farm in Portales from 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. A tour led by Paxton Payton, a physiologist for the USDA-ARS, cropping systems research lab in Lubbock will begin at 8:45 […]

Ag Sense: Proper seed selection can pay off at harvest

By Rex Kirksey With the recent changes in the economics of farming, every decision that affects the farm’s profitability needs to be made wisely and carefully.

Farm bill workshop set for Tuesday

CNJ Staff The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is holding a 7 p.m. workshop today at K-Bob’s Steakhouse regarding the Farm Bill, according to a press release from the Union. National Farmers Union President Tom Bius will give an overview of the bill and experts from commodity groups, government, rural development and insurance will talked about […]

Domenici diappointed with new farm bill for its approach to N.M. Dairy and agriculture interests

WASHINGTON – With Congress overturning a presidential veto, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today said he is disappointed that a new Farm Bill will become law with provisions that work against New Mexico’s dairy and agriculture interests. The Senate voted 80-14 to override President Bush’s veto of the Farm Bill (HR.2419, the Food, Conservation and Energy […]

Farm bill would hurt working Americans

Freedom New Mexico Farm welfare: It’s not just for the poor. While working Americans slave away to pay their taxes, wealthy welfare farmers can rest assured the easy money will keep showing up in the mail for years to come. Even though farmers are thriving as a result of world food prices soaring 43 percent […]

Locals divided on farm bill

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A dairy cow eats feed at a Roosevelt County farm. Freedom New Mexico Reaction among local ag producers and lawmakers to a farm bill passed in Congress this week is split. The $290 billion measure will increase food aid for the needy as well as subsidies for farmers enjoying record […]

Ag Sense: Dairy farmers dedicated to land

While there has been much to do in the news in regards to dairying, it is important to understand that dairy farmers in New Mexico are strictly regulated and required to comply with a long list of environmental regulations before they are even allowed to produce milk. It is also important to understand that these […]

County farmers proposing wind farm

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MCT photo A group of Curry County farmers have formed a company in hopes of attracting investors for a proposed wind farm. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hoyt Pattison has been raising wheat, milo and pastured grass on his land in Curry County for more than a half century. Now he and more than […]

Fish farm officials ready to dive in

Gabriel Monte The state has approved the permits needed to operate a proposed fish farm in south Clovis, according to Mike Sloane of the New Mexico Game and Fish Chief of Fisheries. AquaRanch president Garth Watson said Thursday that work to continue the conversion of the former Frozfruit plant off Brady Street into a $4 […]

Good nutrient balance quite valuable

By Victor Cabrera: Ag Sense A mass nutrient balance plan could be more effective than monitoring wells in dairy farms. All New Mexico dairies are required to have a permit from New Mexico Environment Department, which among other things, requires dairy farms to install wells to monitor groundwater nutrient quality. These monitoring wells are unpopular […]

Lawyer Otto Smith, Clovis family beloved

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist My mother and us three kids came to town (Clovis) from the farm and met Otto Smith in the summer of 1944. She asked Smith if he would be her lawyer in the divorce of her husband. Smith said he would and immediately asked my mother if my brother, 16-year-old […]

Senate OKs $286 billion farm bill

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Senate passes $286 billion farm bill

Staff and Wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill with an election-year expansion of subsidies for growers and food stamps for the poor. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oat, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

12-11-07 Business digest

Area rancher honored at Albuquerque gathering Curry County farmer and rancher Pat Woods was honored at the 90th annual meeting of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau last month in Albuquerque. Woods served for a decade as president of the Curry County Farm and Livestock Bureau and continues to serve on the organization’s board […]