Farm Credit
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

Aug 03 2016

PETA calls out Dairy Queen for lack of non-dairy options

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

PETA calls out Dairy Queen for lack of non-dairy options

You just can’t make this stuff up. This is the headline in the Minneapolis, Minnesota based Star Tribune entertainment column by a woman named CJ. She says:

“Good Wife” star Alan Cumming (the sort of slimy political campaign manager) has got a PETA-related beef (make that tofu beef) with Dairy Queen.

The Edina-based company is due to receive a letter from Cumming urging Dairy Queen “to offer nondairy items like TCBY, Ben & Jerry’s and other chains,” said Dan Mathews (CJ’s buddy), senior veep at PETA.

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Jul 20 2016

Of Wolves & Men & Workers Comp

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

 

Workers Comp

On June 30 the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the state’s workers’ compensation exemption for agriculture is unconstitutional. This was not unexpected, but it is certainly a huge blow to the financial well-being and the future of ranch families as well as to the job market in the state.

The short-term advice is to contact your insurance agent immediately to start working on coverage. Unless there is some success in the Court in mid-July, the mandate for insurance will come down as early as July 15. The Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA) has stated publicly that they will begin enforcement immediately upon receiving the mandate.

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