Press release: Money available for water conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announce the availability of $1.5 million to conserve the water in the Ogallala Aquifer. The NRCS will fund this initiative through its Environmental Quality Improvement Program, said Dennis Alexander, state conservationist for NRCS New Mexico. “The NRCS in New Mexico is doing […]

The future of agriculture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Baby Boomers and younger people are demanding more luxuries than older generations. And Baby Boomers wanting to spend their last days near plants and animals will become a source of income for agriculture, a New Mexico State University agriculture economist said Tuesday. Lowell Catlett, futurist and dean of […]

Local experts: Wet winter will pay off

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, agriculture experts say. “The winter has been very helpful,” said Patrick Kircher, the Roosevelt County Extension Office agricultural agent. “The precipitation has been more than it has been in […]

Farm Service Agency voting deadline nears

Freedom New Mexico The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico is reminding farmers, ranchers and other eligible voters to cast their ballots in the local FSA County Committees elections by the Monday deadline. Ballots were mailed to voters earlier this month and must be returned to FSA offices or post […]

Ag workers take steps to conserve water

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County agriculture producers are fighting dwindling water supplies and high costs with a number of water conservation methods. Dairy owners, farmers and ranchers have all taken steps. Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter uses specialized plows, water-efficient pivot sprinklers and computer technology to save water. Someday, agriculture may have to […]

Group, worker suing state for workers compensation benefits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico is hearing a debate over whether agriculture workers need to be included in the state-run workers compensation system. A group of civil rights organizations is suing to have New Mexico agricultural workers included. However, many in the agriculture industry have said their employees are already covered and […]

Aug. 21, 1990

Rod Savage, vocational agriculture instructor at Portales High School, was named best agriculture teacher in New Mexico by the state Agricultural Education Teachers Association during their July 20-Aug.t 3 conference in Albuquerque, according to Portales news archives. He was presented the “Ag Teacher of the Year” plaque by Kenneth Taylor, president of the association.

U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has committed to temporarily raise the price the federal Department of Agriculture will pay for dairy products, providing the director of the U.S. Office of Management and the Budget approves the move. In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and other senators […]

Melrose student honored

PNT Staff Report Caleb Dodd of Melrose has been chosen as one of 50 participants in the National FFA Organization 2009 New Century Farmer Program. Dodd is an Eastern New Mexico University student majoring in general agriculture. He plans to work on his family’s farm after college and expand operations using technology. This year’s New […]