Farm Credit
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)

Jun 14 2018

Brand Apparel Application

NMCGA Brand Apparel Application

Secure your brand on the NMCGA ligation fund! Life on the ranch is not always black and white, but we know that our way of life is being encroached on from outside forces. Put your brand on NMCGA’s new apparel and help support NMCGA’s efforts to preserve and protect our way of life for future generations. Included with your purchase of a brand space we will include the opportunity to purchase one brand tie at a special price of $25.

We are looking for 50 brands to be featured.  Each brand space will cost $100. To reserve your brands spot on our apparel please fill out this form and mail a check for $100 to NMCGA.  Introductory special for brand apparel ties & brand space is $125. First 50 brands reserved by October 1, 2018 will be accepted.

Click Here for Brand Apparel Application.

Click Here to Access NMCGA Store to purchase your brand spot.

 

Jun 07 2018

One Howl of a Need!

Recent federal court decisions have created a need to fund additional wolf litigation if Arizona and New Mexico ranchers and their families plan to stay on the ground. The precedents set by the Tucson Federal District Court 10J Rule case will have far reaching impacts on all endangered species.

To head that off, we will likely need to appeal the recent Tucson decision… But there is good news!

Your dollars will go farther than EVER before! We have had tow generous donors, CKP Drought Insurance and Alisa Ogden have pledged to match every dollar donated!

Click Here for Flyer.

Jun 01 2018

2018 Mid-Year Meeting

New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association, New Mexico CowBelles & New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts Mid-Year Meeting

New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. & New Mexico Federal Lands Council Annual Meeting

June 10 – 12, 2018/ Ruidoso Convention Center/Ruidoso, New Mexico

The 2018 New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association / New Mexico CowBelles / New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts Mid Year Meeting; New Mexico State University Short Course and the New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. Annual Meeting are just around the corner. This largest mid-year gathering of New Mexico agriculture is scheduled for June 10 through 12 at the Ruidoso Convention Center in Ruidoso, New Mexico.   

Already it has been a busy year, but we hope that you can take some time out of your busy schedule to come and join us in some of the events we have to offer; bring the whole family!  We are happy to have New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts join us this year.  New Mexico CowBelles have new activities planned to help promote beef as well as our  Policy and Issues Sessions, Ladies Luncheon and NMSU Short Course, so there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.  As always, there will be a good mix of fun and learning to make this event worth your time. 

We will highlight the the 2018 Legislative Session, bills that passed and those that were vetoed, along with legislative issues that continue to be a concern and attack our lands and way of life.  The 2018 Elections are MORE IMPORTANT than ever!!!  It is never too early to start discussing who WE want to represent us both in the Roundhouse and on Capitol Hill.  New Mexico agriculture has strived to not only preserve our way of life but to enhance our livelihoods in providing food and fiber for all Americans.  NMCGA and NMWGI are proud of our members for all they do both on and off the ranch to achieve this goal. 

As you can see, we need your input to develop policy to fight these issues!  Throw all that in with the Bud Eppers & Les Davis Memorial Golf Tournament, where we cowboys get out our golf sticks at least once a year, along with good food, fun and fellowship, and a good time should be had by all!  Please make your reservations and registrations TODAY!  Click Here to Register Online.

Click Here for Mid Year Schedule

Click Here for Mid Year Registration Form

Click Here for Golf Tournament Registration Form

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