Government offers conservation help

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is taking sign-ups until April 3 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for financial and technical assistance with conservation improvements on agricultural land. EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of 10 years

Tweaked farm bill worthy of Bush’s veto

Editorial Democrats took control of Congress vowing to take a fresh look at wasteful programs and spending priorities. The expiration of the federal farm program — it has to be renewed every five years — was a golden opportunity to put some substance behind those promises. Crop prices are high, and farmers are thriving; net [...]

Agricultural tariffs barrier to beneficial worldwide trade

Editorial The suspension last week of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations — named after the capital of Qatar, where the talks began in 2001 — under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, is a sad commentary on the political systems of the major industrialized countries of the world. It could be tragic [...]

New Mexico ranks in top ten for dairy product sales

From staff reports LAS CRUCES — New Mexico ranks seventh nationally in dairy product sales, with dairies adding more than $730 million to the state’s economy, according to a New Mexico State University agricultural economist. “Dollar for dollar, dairy is one of our big players,” said Ereney Hadjigeorgalis, an assistant professor in NMSU’s agricultural economics [...]