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May 15 2018

Agricultural listening session

Drought strategies workshop slated for May 31 in Belen

Belen will be the next stop for the agricultural listening sessions held by New Mexico’s top agricultural leaders.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will host the session from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the City of Belen Convention Center, 719 S. Main Street in Belen.

The listening session will follow a day-long workshop on drought strategies for livestock and a free dinner.

“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.”

“We look forward to meeting with New Mexico residents in the Middle Rio Grande region 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.”

This year’s first listening session was held in Roswell on March 28. Topics ranged from the education of future agricultural leaders to agricultural projects that will be included in the state general obligation bond in November.

“There were a number of concerns raised that are best addressed at the federal level, however, it is important to have those discussions, so I can help carry the issues to other agencies and push to address the concerns,” Witte said.

Prior to the listening session, the Drought Strategies for Livestock workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will include the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District irrigation outlook, drought monitoring and climate expectations, and updates from the U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency programs, as well as information about herd management and rangeland stocking.

To register online for the Drought Strategies for Livestock workshop visit https://goo.gl/LZ93vq.

“We hope people will stay for dinner and attend the agriculture listening session,” said Newt McCarty, NMSU Extension agricultural agent in Valencia County. “This day”s discussions will be beneficial in many ways.”

For more information, call McCarty at 505-565-3002.

May 14 2018

NMCGA President Channel 7 Interview

NMCGA President Tom Sidwell particpated in an interview with Channel 7’s Meteorologist Eric Green in a piece titled “Ranchers shrinking herds due to drought conditions”. See the link below for the video.

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May 14 2018

NMCGA Graduate Scholarship

 

Application Deadline for Cattle Growers’ Graduate Scholarship Approaching

            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 Tom Sidwell, NMCGA President, Quay.  “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 President Sidwell.  “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, 2018.  They may be postmarked that day or sent via email to nmcga@nmagriculture.org by midnight on that date. Applications 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 10 through 12 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.     

  Click here for scholarship application.     

For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org email

 

Apr 23 2018

Wilson Family Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Here’s The Moos….          For Immediate Release / April 20, 2018

Wilson Family Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

For ranchers like Kendal Wilson and his family, of Wilson Livestock, Inc. in Lincoln County, Earth Day is not a one-day event, it’s a way of life.   Every day across New Mexico, ranchers care for their land and livestock – protecting and developing water, providing wildlife habitat and maintaining the wide open landscapes that our state is known for.

“Environmental stewardship is nothing new for New Mexico’s ranchers,” said Tom Sidwell, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) President, Quay.  “We love what we do and where we live.   You would be hard pressed to find a rancher who isn’t focused on sustainability on his or her operation, because we aren’t just looking to keep our operations viable today but for several generations into the future.”

The Wilsons – Kendal and his wife Chelsea, his parents Rex and Carol, and his two brothers who live away from the ranch but help when they can – run a cow/calf, stocker and feeder cattle operation in central New Mexico. 

Wilson is the fifth generation of the family on the ranch, and is doing his part to ensure the land’s productivity into the future. Ongoing projects like controlling the overgrowth of trees and brush, rotational grazing and forage monitoring and water distribution – which helps ensure even utilization of the pastures – both improve the rangeland and protect it for the future.  “The best part of ranching,” he said, “is the ability to be involved in nature and the natural world in an intimate and ongoing fashion.”

Water conservation is important to the Wilsons. Through watershed management, extensive distribution and closed water storage to prevent evaporation, they make the most of this valuable resource and make sure it is available for both their livestock and resident wildlife, which include elk, deer, antelope, quail, and a number of furbearer species.  The family’s management practices make food and water sources available to the wildlife, as well as tree and shrub stands for protection.

Looking towards the future, Wilson says he hopes to increase the land’s production capabilities.  “I hope to be able to work within a scope that allows the land to be viable and productive for many generations to come,” he noted. 

The NMCGA has represented the beef industry in New Mexico and the West since 1914 and has members in all 33 of the state’s counties as well as some 14 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 email

 

Apr 23 2018

Corn Ranches Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Here’s The Moos….              For Immediate Release / April 20, 2018

 

Corn Ranches Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

For ranchers like Bronson and Barbara Corn, who ranch in Lincoln and Chaves Counties, Earth Day is not a one-day event, it’s a way of life.   Every day across New Mexico, ranchers care for their land and livestock – protecting and developing water, providing wildlife habitat and maintaining the wide open landscapes that our state is known for.

“Environmental stewardship is nothing new for New Mexico’s ranchers,” said Tom Sidwell, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) President, Quay.  “We love what we do and where we live.   You would be hard pressed to find a rancher who isn’t focused on sustainability on his or her operation, because we aren’t just looking to keep our operations viable today but for several generations into the future.”

The Corn Ranches are a family operation, and the Corns have been involved in production agriculture in southeastern New Mexico for 146 years.  Bronson is the sixth generation of his family to live and work on the family ranches, and the seventh generation is learning the ropes at his side.  The Corns raise commercial and registered Hereford cattle, fine wool sheep and meat goats, and Corn says he wouldn’t have it any other way.   “This is what God put me on this earth to do,” he said.  “When you love what you do, you never wake up discouraged about having to go to work; and this time of year when the calves are being born has to be the most satisfying part of doing what I do.”

            Numerous species of wildlife, including mule deer, scaled quail, antelope, Barbary sheep, mourning dove, coyotes, gray fox, kit fox, skunks, badgers, ringtail cats, jack rabbits, cottontail rabbits, porcupines and a variety of birds live on the ranch.  Both livestock and wildlife benefit from stewardship practices on the property, he explained.  “We manage our giant sacaton for the benefit of our livestock and the wildlife, maintain a healthy number of cedar trees for wildlife habitat and windbreak, manage predators to help ensure a prosperous reproductive season, and provide both livestock and wildlife with all of their salt, mineral, and water requirements.”

Ranchers depend on the land to sustain their families, so caring for the land and its creatures is second nature.  Corn has implemented biological brush control and prescribed burns to help rejuvenate the land, implemented erosion control practices to save top soil, and maintains light stocking rates in his pastures to ensure that ample forage is available year round.  He has placed escape ramps in water troughs and tanks to make sure birds and small wildlife can escape once submerged in water and has put in quail shelters and waters.

Because water can be so hard to come by in this part of New Mexico, Corn works hard to protect and conserve what he does have.   In the past year, he has installed 20 miles of new pipeline and numerous new water troughs and storage tanks, in addition to solar wells and solar booster pumps, to move water efficiently around the ranch. “We have also rebuilt some dirt tanks and diversion dams in order to maximize the effectiveness of what little rain God grants us with.”

Corn recycles used motor oil and scrap metal, and old tires are often repurposed as salt and mineral feeders throughout the pastures.

In addition to a love for the land, Corn hopes to teach his children to trust in the direction that God points them.  “It may seem crazy, but He has a plan,” he noted.   He also wants to teach them take pride in their accomplishments.  I want to teach them to keep their heads up every day, because you will never know when it will be your last day here at the ranch doing what you love to do, and to take pride in what you do, because as of now you are one of the 2% of people in the USA feeding the other 98% of people here in our great country.”

The NMCGA has represented the beef industry in New Mexico and the West since 1914 and has members in all 33 of the state’s counties as well as some 14 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 email

 

 

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