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 […]

Winter chill grips area

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Clay Burch, the industrial pretreatment coordinator at the Clovis wastewater treatment plant, makes a routine check on the equipment Wednesday afternoon as he monitors the condition and the operation of the plant. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Area residents awoke Wednesday morning to single-digit temperatures and, and found their yards […]

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 […]

Udall gets update on area dairy industry

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U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, left, and Wayne Palla discuss issues dealing with dairies in eastern New Mexico Tuesday during a visit to Palla’s dairy north of Clovis. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Congressman Tom Udall got a crash course on the dairy industry Tuesday, eastern New Mexico style, in a […]

Neighbors pitch in to help fight blaze

By Darrell Todd Maurina As Wayne Palla saw thick smoke rising over his two-story house north of Clovis, he gathered up his tools and went out along with other neighbors to help the firefighters. “Everybody really chipped in,” Palla said. “I think that’s one of the benefits of living in a rural community — everybody […]

Producers: Dairy food still safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local dairymen and beef producers said the discovery of mad cow disease in a Canadian-born dairy cow raised in Washington state shouldn’t cause Americans to shun beef or dairy products. Wayne Palla, chairman of the Southwest Council of Dairy Farmers of America, cited a DFA national press release on dairy safety […]

Cheese plant a big boost to the area’s economy

By Gary Mitchell The new $200 million cheese plant will have a greater impact on the area economy than many people realize, local officials said. “The cheese plant will create 2,000 jobs in the area in spinoff industries, according to the Dairy Farmers of America,” said Gene Hendrick, a consultant for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber […]