Jul 26 2018

Corn Named Sheepman of the Year

Mike Corn Named Sheepman of the Year

Mike Corn, Roswell, was named the New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. (NMWGI) 2018 Sheepman of the Year at the association’s recent annual meeting in Ruidoso. 

“Mike Corn is a great advocate for the sheep industry, both here in New Mexico and on the national level,” said his son Bronson Corn, NMWGI President, Roswell.  “He is an eternal optimist when it comes to the sheep business, and works hard to protect and promote our industry and way of life.  He is a rancher, sheepman, and a family man, and we are proud to have this opportunity to say thank you.”

The Corn family has been ranching in the Roswell area for over 135 years.  A fourth-generation sheep producer, Corn raises white-faced, fine-wool sheep – along with cattle and goats – on his family ranches, which he operates with his son, Bronson.  Corn also co-owns and manages Roswell Wool Warehouse, marketing wool for sheep producers across the West. Roswell Wool is now the largest wool warehouse by volume in the United States and recently opened a second facility in Long Beach, Calif.

Corn is an active member and past president of the NMWGI and is currently serving as President of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), the national organization that represents sheep producers.e     He is also active in the Chaves County Farm and Livestock Bureau, the New Mexico Hereford Association, the Chaves County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Corn is also an active member and serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.

Corn and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Bronson and his wife Barbara, who live and work on the family ranch near Roswell with their children Garrett and Madison; Jessica and her husband, Craig, who live in Canadian, Texas, with their children Connor, Creed and Courtney; and Jenny, who lives with her husband Travis and their two sons Tripp and Tucker in Gladstone, New Mexico.

The NMWGI is the trade organization that has represented New Mexico’s sheep industry for well over 100 years. Established in 1902, it is the oldest agricultural organization in the state. For more information, please visit www.nmagriculture.org.

Jun 29 2018

New Elk Proposal Open for Comments

The New Mexico Game Commission is seeking comments on proposed changes to the private land elk license allocation (E-PLUS) rule

Comments can be e-mailed to: DGF-EPLUS-Rules@state.nm.us or mailed to: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: E-PLUS Rule Development, 1 Wildlife Way, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507. Comments should be received before the November 15, 2018 Game Commission Meeting.

Please share your comments with the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association at nmcga@nmagriculture.org so they can be used in developing policy and Association comments.

Thanks!

Click Here for 2018 NMDGF Proposal

Jun 21 2018

NMSU & NMDA listening session 7/18

NMSU, NMDA agricultural leaders’ listening session slated for Alamogordo July 18

 

DATE: 06/20/2018
WRITER: Jane Moorman,
505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Rolando A. Flores,
575-646-3748, agdean@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Jeff Witte,
575-646-3007, jwitte@nmsu.edu

Alamogordo will be the final stop in the 2018 agricultural listening session series held by New Mexico’s top agricultural leaders.

New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will host the session beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Otero County Cooperative Extension Service office at the Otero County Fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road in Alamogordo.

Since beginning the listening sessions in 2017, Flores and Witte have conducted five meetings across the state. The information they learn helps them lead their organizations.

“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.”

Topics at this year’s first two sessions in Roswell and Belen ranged from education of future agricultural leaders to agricultural projects that will be included in the state general obligation bond election in November.

“We look forward to meeting with New Mexico residents in Otero and Lincoln counties 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.”

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)

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