Clovis farmers opening yogurt facility

CNJ staff Clovis dairy farmers Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family will soon open a yogurt manufacturing facility at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The van der Ploegs will make “Freanna Original Yoghurt” using a family recipe and milk fresh from their […]

Farmers tout CRP benefits

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Christina Calloway Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program in 2011 received a combined $9.95 million in rental payments. A voluntary program introduced in 1986, the CRP pays agricultural producers to turn environmentally sensitive crop land into conservation areas by planting native grasses. This year’s four-week CRP […]

Vendors exhibit products at Roosevelt County Ag Expo

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Christina Calloway Local farmers and vendors said they shared an overall enjoyable experience at this year’s annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo. The two-day event ended Wednesday. For Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Randy Lieb, the expo presented a great opportunity for him to stay abreast of what new products are available as well as price […]

Drought takes its toll on cotton crop

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Farmers across the region say this fall’s cotton crop is bad because of the drought but that’s not the worst news. “The worst thing,” farmer Kendall Devault said Thursday standing alongside 200-acre cotton field outside Farwell, “the bad of it all is underground. There’s no deep moisture left. It’s […]

Their view: Program helps turn veterans into ranchers

John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs offers his view on a program that would help veterans become farmers and ranchers.

Farmers predict fewer, smaller pumpkins

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Benna Sayyed Pumpkins will be fewer and smaller in size this Halloween, according to local farmers. Eastern New Mexico farmers are experiencing drops of 20 to 30 percent lower than usual. Extreme drought and heat took its toll, they said. “We irrigate our pumpkins, but there is just nothing you can do about 100-degree days,” […]

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased by 17 percent nationally and by 38 percent in New Mexico. Despite this national and state increase, vendors from the local Clovis and Portales markets said, […]

Water, fuel, whiskey important to farmers

Remember that song, “toe bone connected to the foot bone, connected to the ankle bone….?” Agriculturists for sure know the “words to that song.” Water is the first bone. Gotta have it. Large sections of our country, where water from the sky seldom falls, depend on irrigation water — either from rivers and lakes (snowmelt) […]

FSA extending grazing period

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, […]

My turn: Tomato salad fast, healthy

Argen Duncan With farmers markets starting to sell home-grown tomatoes and basil, I had just the opportunity to try a healthy recipe with them. “Mozzarella and Tomato Salad” comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s cookbook “Fast and Fabulous.” My work schedule often makes getting to the Portales Farmers Market at 5 p.m. […]

Can’t depend on corporations to feed us

England has made a choice to remain dependent on other countries to feed them. Recently corporations have proposed to build a modern dairy and sow unit in their countryside. Two activist groups objected saying it would force a significant number of small farmers out of business. The proposal was withdrawn. We in the United States […]

Farmers’ markets cropping up

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With the farmers’ market season under way, growers have less produce than usual but hope that will change. The Portales and Clovis farmers markets have been open since June. “We’re selling the little stuff,” said Margie Plummer, manager of both markets. “We don’t have a lot ready right now because of the weather.” The heat, […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan The last week’s rain did little to help most area farmers and ranchers in the midst of the extreme drought. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported precipitation ranging from 0.14 inches in Portales and at the Clovis airport to 1.22 inches in Clovis. “It’s as dry as I’ve ever seen it,” Broadview […]

Drought conditions tough on farmers

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Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and ranchers, and they say federal aid programs are little help. Dry weather is causing increased input costs and low crop yields, while high fuel prices add to the trouble. Gene Massey, who grows dryland milo and wheat near Rogers, said the drought […]

Farmers always target for cuts

I’m sitting here reading the newspaper about farms in Missouri and Louisiana being deliberately flooded to prevent inundation of towns on the Mississippi River. Alabama and Tennessee have been ripped with tornados, there’s snow on the ground in Wyoming, it’s too wet to plow some places, Texas is burning up and, at my place in […]

Drought taking toll on farmers’ markets

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Kevin Wilson The drought in Curry County hasn’t stopped Don Wiley from getting ready for annual farmers’ markets in both Clovis and Portales. “We’re in a dry part of the world anyway,” said Wiley, who grows about 30 varieties of vegetables for the twice-weekly sales. “I’ve always been prepared. I use drip irrigation. Drought in […]

Farmers practice conservation year-round

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, writes that American farmers and ranchers are the forefathers of resource conservation:

Clovis farmer re-elected to dairy board

Freedom New Mexico Dairy Farmers of America Inc.’s Board of Directors has re-elected Wayne Palla, a Clovis dairy farmer, as first vice chairman of the board, according to a news release from DFA. Palla is a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chairman of the Southwest Area Council, as well as being involved in other […]

Elida school news — March 22

Actiity schedule Today: Baseball vs. Grady, 3 p.m. doubleheader. Friday-Saturday: Baseball tournament at San Jon. Saturday: Future Farmers of America team goes to Los Cinco Amigos in Roswell.

Portales past: March 13, 1962

March 13, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Transwestern Pipeline Co. has appealed to the United States Supreme Court a judgment calling for the payment of more than $40,000 in damages to nine Portales Valley farmers.