Roosevelt County farmer appointed to State Fair Commission

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Roosevelt County farmer Matthew Rush to the State Fair Commission. Rush is the executive vice president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, overseeing day-to-day operations of a 16,000-member farm and livestock organization. He also owns and operates Rush Cattle Company, a family business that specializes […]

BBC show represents farm life well

Netflix lied to me but it hasn’t discouraged me from their product yet. On closer examination of the way they’ve been billing me on the credit card number I have on file with them, it’s apparent their former CEO wasn’t shooting me straight in the letter he sent me telling me he was shooting me […]

Martinez adds Portales man to land protection committee

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Matthew Rush of Portales to the Natural Lands Protection Committee. Rush was among 11 appointments announced Friday by the governor. Rush is executive vice president, secretary and treasurer of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. With his father, he owns and operates Rush Cattle Co. Rush serves on the […]

Businesses eligible for disaster loans

Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The loans aim […]

Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

Monday morning briefing: Spring break, farm values and closing The Rock

Good morning and happy spring. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Spring break Sunday marked the first day of spring. Today marks the start of a week-long spring break for students at Eastern New Mexico University. Alas, university staff must continue to report to work. Quirky quote of the day “How would we measure […]

Farm Credit of New Mexico distributing money to stockholders

Farm Credit of New Mexico will be distributing over $6 million in cash to their stockholders, according to a news release. The money will be distributed as part of the Farm Credit of New Mexico’s Patronage Distribution Program. The release said the cash will be distributed on or before March 31. The distribution will also […]

Plans for second Roosevelt County wind farm taking shape

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Argen Duncan Plans for a proposed new wind farm in Roosevelt County are taking shape. Bill Castor, vice president of development in the Terra-Gen Power LLC office in Denver, said he couldn’t discuss specifics, but his company was contemplating a wind energy project of at least 150 megawatts in Roosevelt County. He would like to […]

Ticket feature: Alpaca farm hosting open farm day

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Freedom New Mexico Windrush Alpacas is hosting an open farm day March 12 to give people a chance to learn more about alpacas. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the second Saturday of every month, visitors are invited for free tours of the Clovis farm. In addition to a guided pasture tour, visitors can learn […]

Portales past: Feb. 6, 1955

Feb. 6, 1955: The Portales Daily News: Cotton growers of Roosevelt County were gathering ammunition to send to Sen. Clinton Anderson this week in an effort to have 5,000 additional acres allowed to be farmed under a 1955 farm subsidy program.

Weddings — Dec. 26

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Palmer Heather Risdon and Brian Palmer of Bosque Farm were married Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. in Belen. The bride is the daughter of Keith and Lisa Risdon of Clovis and the granddaughter of Gordon and Darrell Spies of Clovis. The groom is the son of Robert and Geri Palmer of Albuquerque and the grandson […]

Portales past: Dec. 9, 1947

Dec. 9, 1947: The Portales Daily News: To Travis Corbin, lean and lanky young farm youth from Portales, the world was just a rosy hue today. He was named the top in farm safety in New Mexico. As a result, he was guest of General Motors at the 26th National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago.

Roosevelt ranching family wins state farm and livestock bureau award

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Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County ranching family has won the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Farm Family of the Year award. Davis Blackwater Ranch owners Chad and Rebecca Davis and their sons, 12-year-old Cooper and 9-year-old Skyler, received the award at the annual Farm Bureau convention Nov. 19 in Albuquerque. “Chad, Rebecca and their […]

Press Release: Portales couple named Farm Family of the Year

LAS CRUCES — Chad and Rebecca Davis, owners of the Davis Blackwater Ranch near Portales, were recently named Farm Family of the Year by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau.

TV crew filming ag show in Portales

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Argen Duncan A crew from a Louisiana agricultural television show has been filming in Roosevelt County all week. Every year, the Louisiana Farm Bureau-produced “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture” weekly show holds a contest in which viewers write to tell staff why they should come to the viewer’s town, said host Michael Danna. This year, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Calling area farmers and ranchers

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Nominations needed The Roosevelt County Farm Service Agency is taking nominations for the County Committee until Aug. 2. The committee administers FSA programs at the local level, and farmers and ranchers who are members decide how to make the programs serve local needs. Eligible […]

Virtual farm guilty pleasure

Sharna Johnson “Thank you for feeding my chickens.” The words formed in my brain, but I managed to engage the filter right before they made it off the tip of my tongue. Instead I smiled as I passed a professional female acquaintance in the courthouse hallway and kept walking, mentally kicking myself. You see, I […]

Rural dumping angers resident

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Jared Tucker A Portales man is outraged because he said someone keeps dumping trash, furniture and dead calves near his farm on Roosevelt Road Y. The farm owner, Tim Mitchell, blames local dairies but Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said he has not been able to substantiate such a charge. Mitchell said he finds three […]

Politics don’t belong on farm

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist Jigger Jesperson was a white-haired, skinny fellow who showed up at our friends’ ranch looking for work, insisting he was “the best cow hand in captivity.” He looked hungry, so our friend Bill agreed to take him on for a month or so. It was spring calving time, and they […]

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 […]