Lobbyist release expense reports

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Several state farm and ranch organizations on Thursday hosted their annual “Growing For You” dinner in the Rotunda of the Capitol, dishing out free plates of meat, vegetables, ice cream sandwiches and bags of salted peanuts to lawmakers, staff, lobbyists, building personnel, reporters, visitors and anyone else […]

Feb. 22, 1953

Local 14-year-old polio victim Buster Wooten won the 4-H Cotton Production Contest, earning the title of “Roosevelt County Cotton Prince” and $75 cash after he successfully planted and harvested an acre of cotton on his father’s farm northwest of Portales. From his labors, he earned a gross of $266.86 and a net of $194.96.

Local restaurant hosting record release party

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Freedom New Mexico Local musician Keeson Bell will perform at a Blues Farm Records CD release party Saturday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Blues Farm Records country recording artist Mark Kelley is bringing the release party for his December album to Clovis. Mark Kelley released his second CD, ‘Til I Get Home, in December of 2008. […]

Local Brief Sept. 18

Peanut Field Day set for Monday The Agricultural Science Center of Clovis will have its annual Peanut Field Day on Monday. Registration will be at Eastern New Mexico University Farm-Portales from 8-8:30 a.m. followed by opening remarks. A tour led by Paxton Payton, a physiologist for the USDA-ARS cropping systems research lab in Lubbock, will […]

Honors: Charles Crane

Charles K. Crane with Crane Appraisals in Portales has been recognized by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers for five years of membership with the organization. The ASFMRA represents nearly 2,500 agribusiness professionals in the United States and Canada who provide farm and ranch management, rural appraisal and appraisal review, and agricultural […]

Wealthy welfare farmers assured for five more years

Editorial Farm welfare: It’s not just for the poor. While working Americans slave away to pay their taxes, wealthy welfare farmers can rest assured the easy money will keep showing up in the mail for years to come. Even though farmers are thriving as a result of world food prices soaring 43 percent in the […]

Local reaction to farm bill mixed

Freedom New Mexico Reaction among local ag producers and lawmakers to a farm bill passed in Congress this week is split. The $290 billion measure will increase food aid for the needy as well as subsidies for farmers. Alva Carter, a Roosevelt county dairy owner, thinks that many people are misunderstanding the farm bill and […]

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 […]