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

 

 

Apr 09 2018

Drought Assistance Available

Click Here for NM Drought Map

As of April 3, 2018, all of New Mexico was considered to be abnormally dry to extreme drought according to USDA’s drought monitor.  Nearly three-quarters of the state is in severe or extreme drought.  (see attached from April 3,2018)

This isn’t news to you living out there, but it is important in terms of drought assistance that may be available from the USDA. Nearly all of the State’s 33 counties have either been declared in a drought or are adjacent to a county with a declared drought. (see list below)

The Severe and Extreme drought (D2 and D3 respectively) qualify for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock program (ELAP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) along with some loan program. The fact sheets on the three program are attached. If you are in need of assistance, please contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency for details.

As a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

 

Catron

Lea

Rio Arriba

San Miguel

Guadalupe

McKinley

Sandoval

Santa Fe

Harding

Grant

Mora

San Juan

Taos

 

Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:

 

Bernalillo

Eddy

Roosevelt

Chaves

 

Sierra

Cibola

Lincoln

Socorro

Colfax

Los Alamos

Torrance

De Baca

Hidalgo

Quay

Luna

Union

Sierra

 

Click Here for Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet

Click Here for Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet

Click Here for Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet

Apr 05 2018

Do they really think we are just a dump?

New above ground nuclear waste storage proposed in New Mexico

Click here for Federal Register Notice regarding the newly proposed nuclear waste storage in Southeast New Mexico.

Everyone needs to submit comments!

We will have draft comments available soon.  Comment deadline is May 29, 2018

We need crowds at local meetings!

Local Meeting Dates:

  • Monday, April 30 – Open House in Roswell from 4 to 7
  • Tuesday, May 1 – Open House in Hobbs from 6-7; 7-10 scoping comments
  • Thursday, May 3 – Open House in Carlsbad from 6-7; 7-10 scoping  comments

As soon as we get locations, we will share them.

From the Federal Register:

Holtec International (Holtec). By this application, Holtec is requesting authorization to construct and operate a HI–STORE consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for spent nuclear fuel at a site in Lea County, New Mexico (the proposed action). Holtec intends to initially store 500 canisters or 8680 metric tons of uranium in the CISF and eventually store up to 10,000 canisters in the CISF.

Mar 19 2018

NM Ag Leadership: Application

The New Mexico Ag Leadership Program is ready for Class 13 Application period is open!

The New Mexico Agricultural Leadership program is designed for professionals in the early stages of their leadership careers in agriculture, food, and natural resources. This may include individuals who are new to the industry or to New Mexico, who have been promoted to a new leadership position, or who are looking for long-term professional development.

Our next program is Class 13, and will run from July 2018 thru December 2019, with a graduation reception in January 2020. Applications will be available starting March 15, and due on May 15, 2018

 There are potential sponsorships for the tuition available.  If you are interested and need a sponsor, please let us know.

For full details on the program and the application, please visit the website.

 

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