Ag Expo trailer given away

By Tony Parra

Roosevelt County Ag Expo organizers announced the winner of a 16-foot long red stock trailer with business logos during Thursday’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Melanie Neal, an Eastern New Mexico University senior, was announced as the winner of the Parker Performance Co-Hann 2005 stock trailer, worth an estimated value of between $3,500 to $4,000.
Neal also works at the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Portales, located in the United States Department of Agriculture building.
“I’ve never won anything like this,” Neal said. “I thought it was a joke, because it was my professor (Terry Ervin) who called me. He asked me if he could borrow my stock trailer and I told him I didn’t have one. Then he told me I won.”
Neal said she graduated from Dora High School in 2001.
Pat Willis, an Ag Expo organizer, said the reason the drawing was done on Thursday as opposed to the last day of the Ag Expo is because organizers review all of the cards with punch-holes on them to make sure they qualify.
Ag Expo organizers announced an attendance of 101 people at the Ag Expo banquet. Floyd McAlister reported the success of the seminars.
“It’s a challenge to get something of interest to get producers out,” McAlister said. “The horsemanship show with Jinita Hays was popular. There were approximately 60 people at the morning seminar.”
Organizers were pleased with the attendance, however, some stated there were bigger numbers at last year’s Ag Expo. No attendance figures are collected at the free event.
Chester Harth, Ag Expo chairman, said it may have been a result of good weather, because some people in the agriculture business may have opted to work instead.
The New Mexico Farm Service Agency recently commended the community efforts during the expo.
“I commend the efforts of the community in organizing this Ag Expo and ecnourage producers to take time to participate in events like this,” said Rick Lopez, state executive director for the NMFSA office. “It is a great way to network and learn about all the services available to them.”