Feb 23 2018

2017 Cattleman of the Year

2017 Cattleman of the Year

(l to r)  (back) Shacey Sullivan, Beverly Merritt, Rex Wilson, (front row) Wynn, Lauren, and Joe Bill Nunn, Mitch Selking, Al Porter, both with Farm Credit of New Mexico and CoBank; Michelle, Justin, Kelsey and Tristen Nunn


     There are cowboys and there are cattlemen. The distinction is subtle and many times they are one in the same. The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association takes great pleasure in honoring one of these cowboy/cattlemen each year. These individuals are pillars of their communities and all have many unique qualities they share more than generously with their time, talent and resources.

     This year’s honoree has a story that is similar to many in New Mexico. Today there are four generations of the family working side by side on the family ranches with the elder keeping a close eye on the grandkids and great grandchild to make sure they are safe. This man believes that he belongs in the saddle every day, a place he has been since he got his first saddle and began learning from his legendary father and mother.

     But that doesn’t keep him from serving his local community and the ranching community. You may not see him in the halls of the Roundhouse often, but he has logged his share of miles back to DC and spends a more time than he would like to on the phone with legislators at the state and federal level.

     He was a star on his FFA and New Mexico State judging teams, but star is hardly a word that he would apply to himself. He still regularly is asked to judge sale range bulls. He has been a CowBelle Man of the Year and Border Belles Father of the Year. He is on the Board of the NMCGA and has served numerous terms, the New Mexico Federal Lands Council, the Southwest Grazing Association, several State Trust Lands Advisory Committees, and in 2014 was honored with the Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award in Midland. He was recently named the Ag Business Man of the Year by the Deming Chamber of Commerce.

     Joe Bill Nunn has never turned away an opportunity to educate the public, elected officials, youth and the media about raising livestock and caring for the land and wildlife. He knows the challenges of the past and accepts the challenges in today’s ever-changing world.

     While he is a quite man, he knows where to speak up and to stand up for what is right. You don’t find Joe Bill behind a computer much, but he expresses himself very well in the written word. His letter to the Fish & Wildlife Service about the Mother’s Day one of his cows spent after the early morning kill of her calf by a Mexican wolf.

     Once asked by a reporter why he continued to ranch when it is such are hard way to make a living, Joe Bill responded “We don’t make much monetary profit, that’s true. But the real profit is in being able to work outside with my family.”

     He takes great pleasure in the quality of the cattle he has raised and raises, whether they are the big healthy weaned calves and stockers he rears or in a judged competition. Joe Bill and his wife, Lauren, have a son and a daughter and their spouses, Justin & Michelle & their children Tristen & Kelsey; Tamijo & Phil Treadwell & their daughters Starlyn and Shandy; great granddaughter Wynn.



Feb 23 2018

Ranchers invited to meet in Quay County

Ranchers invited to meet in Quay County with NMSU livestock production experts

TUCUMCARI, N.M. – Agricultural producers will gather with New Mexico State University livestock experts Tuesday, Feb. 27, for presentations on cattle-related topics and a Ranchers’ Roundtable discussion of range livestock production at the Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 Route 66 in Tucumcari.

“We are sponsoring a breakfast with an Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources program,” said Shad Cox, superintendent of NMSU’s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. “Producers will have a chance to hear updates on the Tucumcari Bull Test and ACES High calf program, and hear a presentation on applied reproduction techniques.” The Roundtable discussion will follow the breakfast.

The event will be presented in partnership with the Quay County Cooperative Extension Service office.

Topics of discussion at the Quay County event, “Let’s Talk! Breakfast in Town,” will depend partly on ranchers’ questions, but experts on hand will be especially well-versed in cow/calf/stocker nutrition, reproduction and management.

The event will start at 8 a.m. with a free breakfast. The event is free to attend.

Among the experts from NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences planning to be on hand are professor Eric Scholljegerdes in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences; Marcy Ward, Extension Livestock Specialist in Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources; and Craig Gifford, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, also in Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources.

The Quay County program follows a similar event that took place Feb. 14 in Chaves County.

Feb 20 2018

Raising Ranchers Program

Thank you for your interest in the Raising Ranchers program! Please find the following applications below: Landowner Application and Participant Application.

Landowner application

Participant application

For more information or to return your application, please contact the Cattlegrowers Foundation at:
(505) 247-0584
2231 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87194

Feb 20 2018

Gila National Forest Plan Revision

Survey on Land Adjustments

Message from Peak Facilitation Group:


Thank you for your continued interest in the Gila National Forest Plan Revision effort. As you may know, Peak Facilitation Group has been assisting the Gila planning team with planning, facilitation, and documentation of the Plan Revision community engagement process. We are excited to begin the next round of community conversations after the preliminary revised Forest Plan is released later this spring.

In the meantime, we would like to ask your assistance one more time, as we help the Gila team gather information to inform the revised Forest Plan. The Plan needs to address the process by which the Gila National Forest will pursue “land adjustments,” which are basically purchases, sales, donations, or exchanges of land to achieve other Forest goals, such as access, connectivity, etc. The Gila team would benefit from your thoughts about this issue. Toward that end, we have developed a short, online survey regarding criteria and other issues related to land adjustments.

If this is a topic of interest to you, we encourage you to click here  and share your perspective.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and all responses will be included in a written summary that Peak Facilitation will prepare for the Gila National Forest. This summary will be posted on the Gila Plan Revision web page. The survey will close on Friday, March 2, at 5 pm .

Nov 15 2017

EMNRD: Proposed Rule

New Mexico Register / Volume XXVIII, Issue 21 / November 14, 2017


The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Energy Conservation and Management Division is commencing a public comment period and will hold a public hearing on proposed rules for the new Geothermal Resources Development permitting program at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Porter Hall, Wendell Chino Building, 1220 South Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.

In 2016, the Legislature passed the Geothermal Resources Development Act (GRDA). This Act transferred geothermal energy regulation from the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) to the Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) of EMNRD. Therefore, ECMD needs to promulgate rules so that it can regulate geothermal energy exploration, development, and production. The proposed rules update the rules OCD promulgated in 1983. The passage of the GRDA also repealed the Geothermal Resources Conservation Act. Therefore, this rulemaking proposes to repeal parts of the existing Geothermal Power Rules – Title 19, Chapter 14 NMAC that were adopted pursuant to the now repealed Geothermal Resources Conservation Act.

As authorized by Section 71-9-6 of the Geothermal Resources Development Act, Section 71-9-1 et seq. NMSA 1978, EMNRD is proposing the following new rules governing the exploration, development, and production of geothermal resources:

19.11.1 NMAC, Geothermal Resources Development, General. This part sets forth general provisions including confidentiality of documents and transition provisions and definitions pertaining to the ECMD’s authority.

19.11.2 NMAC, Geothermal Resources Development, Permits. This part establishes requirements to obtain a permit prior to commencing exploration, development, and production of geothermal resources and establishes procedures for reviewing applications for geothermal well or facility permits or for the denial of permits.

19.11.3 NMAC, Geothermal Resources Development, Hearings. This part establishes procedures for hearings before the ECMD.

19.11.4 NMAC, Geothermal Resources Development, Construction and Operation. This part establishes construction requirements to ensure the exploration, development and production of geothermal resources is conducted in a manner that safeguards life, health, property, natural resources, environment, and public welfare, and to encourage maximum economic recovery and includes provisions regarding the drilling and plugging and abandoning of wells, construction and closure of pits, and disposal of waste.

EMNRD is also proposing the subsequent repeal of rules, 19.14.110 NMAC, Geothermal Power, Necessity for Hearing; through 19.14.131 NMAC, Geothermal Power, Rehearings, as those parts prescribe hearing procedures before the OCD and Oil Conservation Commission and the OCD no longer administers the permitting of exploration, development, and exploration of geothermal resources.

Copies of the proposed rules and the following technical information:

Utah regulation R655, Idaho regulation IDAPA 37.03.04 and Nevada regulation NAC 534A. US Environment Protection Agency guidance document, EPA 816-R-00-008 and study report EPA/816-R-99-014q, and US Environment Protection Agency regulations 40 CFR 124, 141, 144, 145, 146, and 147; that served as a basis for the proposed rule are available from EMNRD, Energy Conservation and Management Division, 1220 S. Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; at http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ECMD/RenewableEnergy/geothermal.html; or by contacting Daren Zigich at darenk.zigich@state.nm.us; telephone (505) 476-3323.

All interested persons may participate in the hearing, and will be given an opportunity to submit relevant evidence, data, views, and arguments, orally or in writing.

Those wishing to comment on the proposed rules may make oral comments or submit written comments at the hearing or may submit written comments by January 3, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. by mail or e-mail. Please mail written comments to Daren Zigich, EMNRD, Energy Conservation and Management Division, 1220 South Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 or submit them by e-mail to darenk.zigich@state.nm.us.

If you are an individual with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing, please contact Daren Zigich at (505) 476-3323 or the New Mexico Relay Network at 1-800-659-1779 one week prior to the hearing. Public documents can be provided in various accessible formats. Please contact Daren Zigich at (505) 476-3323, if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed.

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