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Dec 01 2016

The New ED

by Caren Cowan, Executive Director,
New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association
Read this article & more in New Mexico Stockman Magazine

There was a new national disease diagnosed in early November 2016. Fox News labeled it election depression (ED). This acronym is used for other things, so always be sure which malady or job you are referring to.

Fox seemed to think this was a new discovery. Sadly they are wrong. I, and I am sure many others, have suffered off and on with election depression since 1992. In 1997 I was driven to wear a black arm band on Inauguration Day during the American Sheep Industry Convention.

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Nov 02 2016

So I was confused …

by Caren Cowan, Executive Director,
New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association
Read this article & more in New Mexico Stockman Magazine

Last month I wrote about an amicus brief that had been filed by Robert Redford and former Governor Bill Richardson and their Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife in a Mexican wolf case. As some of you with better reading comprehension than I had at last month’s writing, the case they have filed a brief in is the one between the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (NMDGF) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). In this case the Department requested and received a temporary restraining order to prohibit the FWS releasing any more wolves in New Mexico without proper consultation with the NMDGF. This ruling was made in New Mexico Federal District Court.

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Sep 30 2016

Basket of Deplorables

by Caren Cowan, Executive Director,
New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association
Read this article & more in New Mexico Stockman Magazine

At first thought I would start this month with something at least semi-humorous about the upcoming election… and how soon we all want it to be over. But on second thought, the matter is much too serious for jokes.

Every election year I think most of us feel that this could be the most important election of our life-times. This year is no different and the stakes could not be higher from the top of the ticket all the way to the bottom.

One section of the ballot that never receives enough attention is the judges. Judges aren’t allowed to campaign like other candidates and it is pretty easy to just skip over voting for them. You might know someone in your local area that is running for judge so you vote for them, but do you even know who is running for the New Mexico State Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals?

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Sep 08 2016

When Nobody’s Happy …

by Caren Cowan, Executive Director,
New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association
Read this article & more in New Mexico Stockman Magazine

It has become common in dealing with thorny issues with federal and state agencies, for there to be the belief that no one is happy with the outcome, it is a fair outcome and a good compromise. I recently challenged that statement on the theory that if that is how a marriage works, there aren’t going to be many lasting marriages.

It is true that most issues require compromise, but there needs to be a lot more equal compromise as we move forward. I think it was Bud Eppers that said ranchers are always being invited to the table by their detractors for a “compromise.” The problem was and is that ranchers got to the table with their families, their businesses, their generational life’s work and their economic security at risk. The other side generally comes to the table “compromising” by taking some but not all… and with no promise not to come by for more tomorrow.

The federal government is getting a dose of this medicine.

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Aug 29 2016

Updated Livestock Depredation Guidelines

These updated Livestock Depredation guidelines reflect updated cattle costs provided by the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Council and updated information on the Livestock Indemnity Program provided by Farm Services Agency. FSA and Coexistence Council Compensation Guidelines July 20 2016

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