May 31 2018

USDA Reopens Application for Producers

USDA Reopens Application Period for Producers Recovering from Cattle Loss, Other Disasters

Release No. 0091.18

Media contact: Justin Fritscher

Signup Begins June 4 for Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress earlier this year.

“When disasters hit, help is as close as your USDA service center,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “After any catastrophic event, an eligible producer can walk into any one of our local offices and apply for help.”

Beginning June 4, FSA will accept new applications for losses for calendar year 2017 or 2018 filed under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) or Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). Producers who already submitted applications and received decisions on their applications for these years do not need to file again, but they can reapply if they have additional losses or their application was disapproved because it was filed late.

In February, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which made several changes to these two disaster programs, including:

Removing ELAP’s $20 million fiscal year funding cap, enabling FSA to pay producers’ 2017 applications in full and their 2018 applications as soon as they are approved.
Removing the per-person and legal entity annual program payment limitation of $125,000 for LIP for 2017 and future years. (The income limitation applies as it did before, meaning producers with an adjusted gross income of more than $900,000 are not eligible.)
Changing LIP to allow producers to receive a payment for injured livestock that are sold for a reduced price due to an eligible event. Previously, the program only covered financial loss for livestock death above normal mortality.

Producers interested in LIP or ELAP should contact their local USDA service center. To apply, producers will need to provide verifiable and reliable production records and other information about their operation.

Drought, wildfires and other disasters continue to impact farmers and ranchers, and LIP and ELAP are two of many programs available through USDA to help producers recover. Learn more at

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May 16 2018

MVD Mobile Unit

We would like to announce that the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department will have their Mobile Unit at the 2018 NMCGA Mid Year Meeting in Ruidoso.  

The 40ft Mobile unit 5th wheel has almost exactly the same capabilities as a stationary office. They will have three full service stations and one camera station. They can issue a driver’s license, register your vehicle, vehicle title transfers, we even have certified VIN Inspectors on site.  

In their Mobile Unit they can only accept credit or Debit card. Apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause but it for the safety of their employees not being able to secure a deposit.

Attached is the list of Real ID acceptable documents list, as well as a picture of our mobile unit and below, just a little about the trailer.

They will be at the meeting Monday June 11th and till noon on June 12th.

They will be presenting at 8:30am on Monday June 11 at the General Session to address issues on CDL’s and other MVD vehicle issues.

Please plan taking advantage of the Mobile Unit to address all of your MVD needs.

Click Here for REAL ID Acceptable Documents

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

“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 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 / email


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