McAlister honored at Ag Expo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Floyd McAlister was honored Wednesday for his longtime support of the agriculture industry and the community during a celebration at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo.

McAlister served more than 22 years as the Roosevelt County extension agent, during which time he started the Ag Expo.

“Floyd has been and continues to be an important part of the community,” Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega read from a proclamation declaring Wednesday Floyd McAlister Day. “We appreciate all he’s done and look forward to working many more days with him.”

McAlister said he was honored by the proclamation.

“I don’t deserve all the accolades that have come to me over the past year,” said McAlister, surrounded by family and friends.

McAlister was later awarded a plaque for his continuing support of the agriculture community during a luncheon hosted by Dairy Farmers of America.

“We, as dairy people, felt we should support and recognize Floyd,” said Alva Carter, retiring DFA district chairmen. “I just felt we were honoring a good supporter.”

“I felt it was a real honor. I enjoyed working with the dairymen,” McAlister said.

A retirement party in McAlister’s honor will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial Building.