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 [...]

Peanut producers gather for meeting

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Responding to the recent samonella outbreak that occurred in February, a National Peanut Board representative was on hand to help reassure peanut producers that peanut butter is continuing to remain a staple in many households. With the recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning found in peanut butter, peanuts have been [...]

Bovine TB confirmed in Eddy County

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A confirmed case of bovine tuberculosis has been reported in Eddy County, according to officials from the New Mexico Livestock Board. An investigation is being conducted by the New Mexico Livestock Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to state veterinarian Dave Fly. The infected dairy cow was [...]

Cold, cold cows

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Come rain or shine, snow or ice, livestock producers must battle the elements on a daily basis to ensure their livestock is cared for and their livelihood is not damaged or lost. Snow and ice storms that have recently hit the area, with temperatures dropping down into the single [...]

Sen. Bingaman visits Portales

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told a crowd of Roosevelt and Curry county agriculture producers Thursday in Portales he was pessimistic about passage of a new farm bill this fall in Washington. He said the proposed farm bill is tied to world trade talks, which he said have collapsed. “Chances [...]

Some dairy owners want aid program scrapped

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some local dairy owners would rather the government do away with a program set up to help dairies. They believe it’s hurting the dairy industry and milk market and they’re actively lobbying against the program. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, indefinitely [...]

Movie crew sets up shop in Clovis

By David Irvin Producers of a movie called “Believe in Me” say filming will begin before the end of the month, and their Clovis production office will open Tuesday in the Wells Fargo Bank building. If all goes as scheduled, filming will begin Sept. 28, said co-producer John Manulis. About 70 percent of the filming [...]

$200 million cheese plant to bring jobs to Clovis/Portales microplex

By Gary Mitchell ALBUQUERQUE — A $200 million cheese plant will be built in Curry County and it will bring about 200 jobs to the Clovis/Portales microplex, local officials said Thursday morning. Gov. Bill Richardson and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Thursday morning unveiled the news that a site five miles south of Clovis would [...]