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, […]

Rural small business grants offered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program has several grant and loan guarantee programs for rural small businesses and agricultural producers, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. For agricultural producers, small rural businesses, corporations formed under Section 17 or those similarly organized, rural electric […]

USDA authorizing grazing on CRP land

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized livestock producers in Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties to graze their cattle on land enrolled in conservation programs. According to a memorandum issued Wednesday, the department authorized a 30-day use of CRP lands for grazing by livestock producers who lost pasture or fences due to […]

USDA to offer training

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is conducting free training sessions for its Rural Energy for America Program and Value Added Producer Grant program. Eligible applicants for REAP include agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Eligible applicants for VAPG include independent producers, farmers or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled […]

Bovine STD topic of meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNt senior writer New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting. Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers. The meeting will cover the state of the disease in the area, management options and […]

Ag workers take steps to conserve water

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County agriculture producers are fighting dwindling water supplies and high costs with a number of water conservation methods. Dairy owners, farmers and ranchers have all taken steps. Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter uses specialized plows, water-efficient pivot sprinklers and computer technology to save water. Someday, agriculture may have to […]

Farmers: Recent rain not enough

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Recent rains have helped crops in Roosevelt and Curry counties, but farms and ranches still need more, producers said. Allen Deen, who dryland farms southeast of Floyd, said his family is planting hay grazer and milo. “We’re just marginal on our moisture, but we’re kind of running out of […]

‘Most Wanted’ episode delayed

Producers have decided to delay an America’s Most Wanted episode featuring this week’s escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the Fox network show plans to air the episode Sept. 6 instead of today as previously announced. Crews were in Clovis this week filming footage for the weekly show, […]

Subsidies give ag producers mixed signals

Editorial When the world’s finance ministers meet under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as they did in Washington earlier this month, they usually rub their chins and harrumph portentously about arcane financial matters. But this year the meetings tried to focus on a more tangible problem: rising prices for […]

12-2 Local Briefs

Dairy disaster aid sign-ups set Eligible dairy producers can sign up for the Dairy Disaster Assistance Program (DDAP-III) at local USDA Farm Service Agency service centers beginning Monday. The $16 million DDAP-III is aimed to help dairy producers recover production losses resulting from a variety of adverse weather conditions from Jan. 1, 2005 to Feb. […]