Farm bill passes Senate again

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Senate passes $286 billion farm bill

Staff and Wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill with an election-year expansion of subsidies for growers and food stamps for the poor. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oat, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

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 […]

Farm bill receives go ahead

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A farm bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday is likely to make eastern New Mexico peanut farmers happy, but disappoint some dairy farmers. According to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., the committee gave approval to a $280 billion farm bill Thursday which would restore […]

City plans fund-raiser for Paiz

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer By Casey Peacock PNT Staff Writer Casey_Peacock@link.freedom.com Portales residents and employees of Russell’s Super Save are pulling together to help a local resident who has been in the hospital for more than a week following a farm accident. Ray Paiz said he sustained a major pelvic fracture and a […]

Government should take cue from aid groups

Editorial Even as many Americans continue to clamor that government hand just about everything into our waiting palms, elsewhere more people and groups are recognizing how vital free markets are to international development. The international humanitarian relief group CARE recently rejected a shipment from the U.S. government of some $46 million worth of food to […]

Domenici discusses Farm Bill with area growers

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Sen. Pete Domenici said while he is optimistic about the peanut and agriculture industry in New Mexico, much remains to be accomplished as the Senate prepares to take up the 2007 Farm Bill. Domenici, R-N.M., met Tuesday with area peanut producers at Sunland Inc. to discuss the Farm Bill. […]

Farm bill gets Friday focus

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., stepped outside her district Friday to gain some perspective on agriculture across the state in preparation for upcoming debate over a new Farm Bill in Congress. Wilson said she had relied on the late Rep. Joe Skeen for that perspective in the past, but […]

Harth earns Pioneer nomination

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County resident Irene Harth spent the first 19 years of her life moving from place to place with her family. After marrying her husband in 1936 in Roswell, Harth eventually became a long-standing resident of Roosevelt County. After marriage, the couple moved to the Rogers area and built […]

Labor bill receives lukewarm reception

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A bill that would help farm and ranch laborers injured at work has gotten a lukewarm reception in the Legislature, and local lawmakers predict it has too many hiccups to pass. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and others said a bill that would amend the Worker’s Compensation Act to include […]

Water conservation problem not solved

Editorial Paying farmers not to farm isn’t a new or shocking concept inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture: in fact, today it’s a widely accepted practice, used to keep the price of commodities pumped up, protect “wetlands” and advance other conservation goals, some of which have a dubious public benefit. But how about paying farmers […]

Farm safety is no laughing matter

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched before thrusting the hose forward, letting loose a stream of water. Zig-zagging it from side to side, she watched in satisfaction as the orange glow gave way to smoke and the flames disappeared. “I was scared of (the […]

Portales airport will have new fuel farm access road

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting a new fuel farm access road as part of the airport expansion. City councilors recently accepted a $301,651 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will fund reconstruction and paving of the fuel farm access road, paving of the parking lot […]

Wind farm powering region with electricity

By Tony Parra, Freedom Newspapers Some aspects of operating the 120-megawatt wind farm can be as easy as doing it from a personal computer at home, that is if you are authorized and have a password from Edison Mission Group. Members of the Edison Mission Group held an open house at the San Juan Mesa […]

Elida wind farm has smooth sailing

By Tony Parra The Elida Wind Power Plant operators are completing their first month since flipping the switch sending electricity from the plant to homes in eastern New Mexico, west Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Wind farm operators have been using the Roosevelt and Chavez county winds to generate electricity for the homes of Xcel […]

Elida wind farm nearing completion

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By Tony Parra The wind farm near Elida is nearing completion and will be generating power to homes in New Mexico, West Texas and Oklahoma by the beginning of 2006. Dave Hayward, field engineer of the wind farm project construction, said 98 wind turbines have been constructed and completion of the 120 wind turbines is […]

Portales and Clovis Farm Service Agency offices could merge

By Marlena Hartz A federal initiative to modernize the Farm Service Agency could lead to a merger of the Portales and Clovis offices. The agencies serve as federal program liaisons for thousands of local ranchers and farmers. According to an FSA press release, the consolidation is a result of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns initiative to […]

10/8 Local Briefs

Staff reports Police seeking identity of Caucasian female Clovis Police are seeking assistance in identifying a Caucasian female found Friday lying in an alley in the 3100 block Ross Street. Unable to relay information to emergency officials, she was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment before being transported to a Lubbock hospital, according […]

Farm bill drawing local attention

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Agriculture committee members from eastern New Mexico have the support of Roosevelt County commissioners in lobbying efforts on the farm bill which could hurt area farmers. Blake Curtis, president of the Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico lobbying group, told commissioners during Tuesday’s commission meeting that stipulations in the […]

Lubbock corn field transformed into 12-acre agricultural maze

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Complied by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Lose yourself, and maybe even your family in Lubbock beginning this weekend and running through Nov. 26. The original “Corn-field Maze” is once again ready for families and anyone with an interest in trying their best to get through 12 acres of twists and turns combined with pathways and […]