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Sep 08 2017

Cattlegrowers Foundation working with Next Generation…

Cattlegrowers Foundation Working to Bring the Next Generation of Ranchers Home to the Land

One of the biggest rewards of production agriculture for most farmers and ranchers is seeing the land they have spent a lifetime caring for handed down to their children or grandchildren and knowing that what they have built will carry on.  When that younger generation isn’t there – because they are making a living away from the ranch, aren’t quite ready to move home, don’t think they can make it work financially or for any other reason – making that transition can be tough.

At the same time, there are people out there who have the desire to become involved in agriculture, but are priced off the land.  These people of all ages, but primarily young, just need a chance and a place to embark on their agricultural careers.

The Cattlegrowers Foundation, Inc. would like to become the conduit to connect those who want to keep their land in agriculture and those who need a place to start.  “Our vision is to be able to help ranchers, keep ranchland in production whenever possible, and ensure a strong future for the industry and way of life we know and love,” said foundation President Phil H. Bidegain.  “We welcome input and ideas on how to make this a successful program, as well as financial support.”

Every situation is unique, and the Cattlegrowers Foundation will work with each individual rancher to meet the needs and concerns of all involved, Bidegain explained.  “Agreements must be put in place to cover the legal, liability, insurance, and many other issues that must be considered.”

Agriculture has always meant hard work, but in today’s world, keeping land in agricultural production is especially challenging.  Land values are high, the cost of doing business is high, and there are many more lucrative careers, he noted.  For someone wanting to get into the agriculture business, it’s almost cost prohibitive. 

The rewards of being in production agriculture aren’t always monetary, but they are just as valuable.  “The heritage and connection to the land, the sense of a job well done, watching the sun come up just like your parents or grandparents did – that’s something you can’t put a price on,” Bidegain explained.  “We want to do all we can to help people keep their land in agriculture, or get their start in agriculture, so that their kids and grandkids will have those same opportunities.”

Make a difference and leave your legacy. If you, or someone you know, would like to ensure their land remains in farm and ranch production, contact the Cattlegrowers Foundation at 505-247-0584, or visit www.raisingranchers.com.    

 

For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org email

Aug 02 2017

’17 Scholarship & Showmanship

Purina Mills’ Scholarship Deadline & Showmanship Contest Rapidly Approaching

November 3, 2017, 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 Pat Boone, NMCGA President, Elida.  “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,” Boone 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 November 30 through December 3, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque.

NMCGA is also excited to be hosting the 10th Annual Showmanship Contest at the New Mexico State Fair on Sunday, September 10th 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, 2017): 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

 

Download Application here.

 

Resources & Forms

Scholarship Form          Showmanship Contest Entry Form

 

 

Jun 12 2017

NMDA to hold public rule hearings across New Mexico

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017

Contact: Shelby Herrera

575-646-3007 office

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) –  The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold public hearings in four locations across the state to discuss the adoption and amendment of two rules.

The hearings will be held to propose the repeal and adoption of 21.15.1 NMAC – “Organic Agriculture,” and amendments to 21.34.3 NMAC “Pasteurized Milk Ordinance,” and receive public comment on each proposal.

The hearings will be as follows:

  • In Las Cruces at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 1–2 p.m., and 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • In Portales at the Roosevelt County Extension Office on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 2–3 p.m., and 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • In Santa Fe at the State Capitol building in room 326, on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 8–9 a.m., and 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • In Albuquerque at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 1–2 p.m., and 2:30–3:30 p.m.

During the Organic Agriculture hearings, the new fee structure for the Department’s Organic Program will be proposed.

During the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance hearings amendments will be proposed. These amendments add a reference to additional documents that are used to regulate milk and milk products in New Mexico.

The Organic rule hearings will be held first at each location, with the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance rule hearings to follow.

A copy of the proposed rule is available on the webpage at www.nmda.nmsu.edu, or at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture located at 3190 S. Espina, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

Apr 13 2017

NMCGA Graduate Scholarship

Here’s The Moos….              For Immediate Release – April 12, 2017

Application Deadline Approaching for Cattle Growers’ Graduate Scholarship

            June 1 is the deadline to apply for the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association’s (NMCGA’s) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee (YCLC) $1000 Graduate Scholarship.

            “With this scholarship, we want to help young people who come from an agricultural background further their education,” said Pat Boone, NMCGA President, Elida.  “As they pursue those advanced degrees, we hope to also broaden production agriculture awareness in non-typical agricultural fields.”

            Applicants must be New Mexico residents, have a background in beef cattle production, and pursuing a post-graduate degree.  Financial need will be considered, but is not a prerequisite.  Preference will be given to NMCGA members and their families.

            “We encourage all interested students to apply,” said Boone.  “There’s nothing easy – financially or otherwise – about post-graduate studies, and we want to do all we can to help students who are making that effort.”

            Applications must be received in the NMCGA office by June 1, 2017.  They should be sent to: New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, Attention: Graduate Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM  87194.  The scholarship will be awarded at the NMCGA’s Mid-Year Meeting, scheduled for June 19-21 in Ruidoso.

The NMCGA has represented the ranchers in New Mexico and the West since 1914 and has members in all 33 of the state’s counties as well as some 19 other states. The Association participates in venues necessary to protect beef producers and private property rights including litigation, state and federal legislation and regulatory affairs. 

For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org 

 

Application Link: 17graduatescholarship_Application

Apr 12 2017

Santa Fe National Forest Open House Dates

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is revising its Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), which will guide management of all forest resources for 10 to 15 years.

Summer Open House dates, 1-3:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 27, at the Walatowa Visitor Center

  • Topics: Heritage, Tribal Relations, and Forest Plan
  • Address: 7413 NM-4, Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024

Monday, May 15, at the Supervisor’s Office

  • Topics: Engineering, Wildlife, and Forest Plan
  • Address: 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508

Monday, May 15, at the Mesa Public Library

  • Topics: Recreation, Tribal Relations, and Forest Plan
  • Address: 2400 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Wednesday, June 21, at the Coyote District Office

  • Topics: Grazing, Heritage, and Forest Plan
  • Address: State Hwy 96, Drive 1707, Coyote, NM 87012

Tuesday, July 18, at the Supervisor’s Office

  • Topics: Grazing, Recreation, and Forest Plan
  • Address: 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508

Tuesday, July 18, Pecos High School (School Board Rm)

  • Topics: Archaeology, Forest Plan, and TBD
  • Address: 28 Panther Pkwy, Hwy 63 N, Pecos NM 87552

Wednesday, August 16, at the Cuba District Office

  • Topics: Archaeology, Oil & Gas, and Forest Plan
  • Address: 04b, County Road 11, Cuba, NM 87013

 

There will not be a presentation or an agenda at the Open Houses. It is a casual opportunity to engage with Forest Service specialists about Forest Plan Revision.

You can arrive any time, stay for as little or long as you like, and can circulate among Forest Service specialists discussing various resources.

Open Houses are not part of a comment period so there will not be any recording of public comments, but specialists may take informal notes during conversations.

SFNF will bring their current work to share with you and answer your questions, but they will be reviewing pre-draft material which will not be made available to the public either as a handout or on our website. This is an informal, intermediary step. They will bring handouts from previous public meetings, which are available on their website, and there will be opportunities later for public comment on draft work products.

If you have questions please call 505-438-5442, email santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us, or mail: Forest Plan Revision, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508. To learn more, please visit our website:  www.fs.usda.gov/goto/santafeforestplan.

 

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