It’s their job: Range land manager helps conserve resources

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Sean Lewis has worked as a range land management specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for six years, with about eight months of that time in Portales. Lewis grew up on a ranch north of Mosquero and finished high school in Roy. He earned a degree in range land management […]

Women play significant role in agriculture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The classic image of a farmer shows a man getting up with the sun, feeding his animals and getting on his tractor. But what if that farmer is a woman? Michelle Heavyside, a dairy farmer’s wife, and LaVerne Scheller, a cattlewoman and one-time farmer, are active in agriculture in […]

Feral hog population threatens agriculture industry

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or pest, for farmers across eastern New Mexico, a state agriculutural official said Thursday at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. State officials outlined the problem as well as a creative program still being developed to […]

Sunland wins marketing award

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working for peanuts has earned a Portales company top honors. Peanut processor Sunland Inc. is the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s New Mexico Agriculture Marketer for 2008. The company received the honor earlier this month. “The importance of it is just the recognition by the New Mexico Department of […]

Local Brief Dec. 16

PNT staff ENMU professor to head Ag Expo Terry Ervin, Eastern New Mexico University professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture, has been selected to serve a second term as chairman of the New Mexico Ag Expo. Ervin’s plans for next year’s Ag Expo include increasing the number of […]

Udall meets with area agriculture officials

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — U.S. Senate candidate Tom Udall told area agriculture officials and producers he voted against the recent $700 billion bailout when it came before the U.S. House because he didn’t feel there was enough in the bill for Main Street America versus Wall Street. And there are no […]

USDA error cuts grazing time for local ranchers

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer A state lawmaker is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for additional grazing time for roughly 100 Roosevelt County ranchers involved in a federal program. U.S. Rep.Tom Udall, D-N.M., said a clerical error resulted in the ranchers eligible for a special U.S. Department of Agriculture program that allowed grazing […]

County agents help growers answer agriculture questions

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By Celena Cordova, PNT Intern Do you need help identifying a spider, or would you like to come up with new ways to market your crops? Patrick D. Kircher, 34, and Stan H. Jones, 46, have the answers to those questions. One could say that problem solving is their job. As the Roosevelt County Agricultural […]

FFA Awards

New Mexico FFA members received proficiency and state star awards during the 80th Annual New Mexico FFA State Convention June 2-4 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Elida FFA member Ryan Best received the star in production agriculture. His SAE focuses on the production of animals for the show ring. Each of the […]

Udall stumps in Clovis

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would make sure Cannon Air Force Base keeps its new mission if he is elected to the Senate. He said the Special Operations mission will help fight new conflicts and would make sure Cannon has all the facilities needed to support it. […]