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Jul 10 2018

’18 Scholarship & Showmanship

Purina Mills’ Scholarship Deadline & Showmanship Contest Rapidly Approaching

November 5, 2018, is the deadline to apply for the annual scholarships awarded by Purina Mills and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association’s (NMCGA’s) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee (YCLC).

“We are pleased to be able to offer these scholarships once again, and appreciate Purina Mills and our Allied Industries Committee making it possible,” said Tom Sidwell, NMCGA President, Quay.  “We have some great young people in New Mexico agriculture, and want help them as much as possible as they look to the future.” 

The $1,000 Purina Mills scholarship will be awarded to a New Mexico student who is a member of the NMCGA, the New Mexico Junior Cattle Growers Association, or the child of an NMCGA member.  Graduating high school seniors, and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the award.  In addition, the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee and the Allied Industries Committee will also be presenting two $500 scholarships – one to a high school senior and one to a continuing college student – at this same time.

“College can be very expensive for students and their families.  We are pleased to be able to offer these scholarships and encourage all eligible students to apply,” Sidwell said.  “We want to help NMCGA members and their families continue their education and hopefully return to the agriculture business.”

The three scholarships will be presented to the top three applicants during the Joint Stockmen’s Convention slated for December 3rd through December 8th at the Sandia Resort & Casino.

NMCGA is also excited to be hosting the 11th Annual Showmanship Contest at the New Mexico State Fair on Sunday, September 9th immediately following the New Mexico Breeders Classic Steer and Heifer show that begins at 1:00 p.m. There will be three divisions this year with buckles being awarded to each division winner.  Divisions are broken by age groups, (age of youth as of January 1, 2018): Division 1) 9 to 11 Division 2) 12 to 13 and Division 3) 14 to 19 years of age.

For more information please contact the NMCGA office at 505.247.0584 or via email at nmcga@nmagriculture.org

 

Resources & Forms

Showmanship Entry Form

Scholarship Application

 

Jun 29 2018

New Elk Proposal Open for Comments

The New Mexico Game Commission is seeking comments on proposed changes to the private land elk license allocation (E-PLUS) rule

Comments can be e-mailed to: DGF-EPLUS-Rules@state.nm.us or mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: E-PLUS Rule Development, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments should be received before the November 15, 2018 Game Commission Meeting.

Please share your comments with the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association at nmcga@nmagriculture.org so they can be used in developing policy and Association comments.

Thanks!

Click Here for 2018 NMDGF Proposal

Jun 21 2018

NMSU & NMDA listening session 7/18

NMSU, NMDA agricultural leaders’ listening session slated for Alamogordo July 18

 

DATE: 06/20/2018
WRITER: Jane Moorman,
505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Rolando A. Flores,
575-646-3748, agdean@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Jeff Witte,
575-646-3007, jwitte@nmsu.edu

Alamogordo will be the final stop in the 2018 agricultural listening session series held by New Mexico’s top agricultural leaders.

New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will host the session beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Otero County Cooperative Extension Service office at the Otero County Fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road in Alamogordo.

Since beginning the listening sessions in 2017, Flores and Witte have conducted five meetings across the state. The information they learn helps them lead their organizations.

“As representatives of NMSU, we address the agricultural needs through research, teaching and Extension,” Flores said. “The best way to know about the agricultural issues is to listen to the stakeholders in the state.”

Topics at this year’s first two sessions in Roswell and Belen ranged from education of future agricultural leaders to agricultural projects that will be included in the state general obligation bond election in November.

“We look forward to meeting with New Mexico residents in Otero and Lincoln counties and listening to their concerns,” Witte said. “The listening sessions provide New Mexicans with the opportunity to engage in face-to-face conversation with us, while allowing us to answer questions they may have regarding agriculture in our state.”

Jun 20 2018

NMSU to host ranch safety training

NMSU to host new ranch safety training at Corona Ranch July 25-26

 

DATE: 06/20/2018
WRITER: Jane Moorman,
505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Marcy Ward,
575-644-3379, maward@nmsu.edu

CORONA – Providing certified ranch safety training to employees has become a concern for ranchers since the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that excluding agricultural laborers from the Worker’s Compensation Act is unconstitutional.

By law the employer must provide a safe work environment and a safety program to ensure employees are trained to do their jobs safely.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service has developed a ranch skill and safety series to help ranchers provide that training to their employees.

“We have visited with ranchers and they feel with the new ruling on worker’s compensation that there is a need for a safety certification training,” said Marcy Ward, NMSU’s Extension livestock specialist. “We are developing hands-on safety training that will fulfill that need.”

The Department of Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources along with NMSU’s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center will host the first event in a series of programs on Wednesday and Thursday, July 25-26, at NMSU’s Corona Ranch.

“The program is designed to provide information on animal handling and husbandry, equipment safety and education on other hazards ranchers often face,” said Craig Gifford, NMSU Extension beef specialist. “The series will cover topics relevant to the time of year when certain safety risks of the job are greatest.”

Training on the first day will focus on animal handling, fire safety, first aid, ATV/UTV safety and general ranch safety.

“Dean Fish from Arizona will provide a demonstration on low stress animal handling and handler safety,” Ward said. “As a former Extension agent and current employee at the Santa Fe Ranch in Arizona, Dean has developed clinics on cattle handling and safety.”

Doug Cram, NMSU Extension wildland fire specialist, will address how to respond to fires on the ranch.

“We will have a special webinar in the evening that will provide an interactive discussion with Tylor Braden, area manager for the King Ranch in Texas,” said Gifford. “He will be discussing the characteristics of a successful ranch employee.”

The evening event may be attended by persons not attending the daytime programs.
Second day topics will focus on animal health with training on safely following veterinary directives and nutrition.

“NMSU’s Extension veterinarian John Wenzel will be conducting training about safety while handling pharmaceuticals, animal first aid and safety when implementing animal health programs,” Ward said. “He will also be conducting Beef Quality Assurance training and a test for certification.”

Eric Scholljegerdes, NMSU associate professor of ruminant nutrition, will provide training on the basics of protein and energy, feed ingredients, importance of minerals, ration balancing considerations, avoiding metabolic disorders and feeding mistakes and supplementing when and how.

Registration fee is $100 for both days, or $50 for individual days, plus a $15 fee for a special evening webinar. Lunches and breakfast will be provided for participants. Registration deadline is July 17. Online registration is available at nmbeef.nmsu.edu.

Limited free Corona Ranch bunkhouse accommodations will be available with two-day registration, including breakfast at 7 a.m. Other overnight accommodations are available at the motel in Corona.

Training certificates will be issued to participants, along with a manual for their ranches that can serve as a resource for future training or for Occupational Safety and Health Administration documentation.

 

Jun 18 2018

NMDA Chef Ambassador Program

For immediate release

June 15, 2018

Don’t miss out on the first-ever NMDA Chef Ambassador Program

Application deadline is Saturday, June 30

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s first-ever NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® (NM-TTT) Chef Ambassador Program. The competition is sizzling up! Applications are due Saturday, June 30 for New Mexico chefs interested in being a part of this exciting program.

This is your chance to provide a taste of New Mexico agriculture simply by incorporating foods grown throughout the state into your own recipes. If selected, chefs will have the chance to showcase their cooking skills and gain industry exposure while providing a voice for New Mexico agriculture.

Ambassadors selected through a competitive application process will serve a two-year term advocating for and promoting New Mexico agriculture at various events, such as the New Mexico State Fair, HomeGrown and industry conferences.

Those interested in becoming an NM-TTT Chef Ambassador must demonstrate credentials as a chef, sous chef or pastry chef in the state of New Mexico. Please visit newmexicotradition.com or call Felicia Frost at 575-646-4929 for more information. Applications and necessary attachments must be emailed to tastethetradition@nmda.nmsu.edu by Saturday, June 30.

For more information about NMDA, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter @NMDeptAg.

 

Media Contact:          

Baylee Banks

New Mexico Department of Agriculture

575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

 

Photo attached:

Dennis Hogan is the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Food and Beverage Specialist. NMDA is accepting applications for its NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® Chef Ambassador Program through June 30, 2018. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

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