Nov 02 2017

November 15 Deadline for PRF Program

November 15 Sales Closing Date Approaches for Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Program

New Mexico producers are reminded of the November 15 sales closing date for the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Program, administered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).

The PRF program has become widely used by New Mexico producers in recent years. In fact, for 2017, the PRF Program covers over $84M in liability across more than 7M New Mexico acres.

The PRF program is an area-based plan of insurance designed to give forage and livestock producers the ability to buy protection for losses of forage produced for haying and/or grazing. The program is based on a rainfall index approach for determining losses and triggering indemnities. The flexible program allows producers to personalize their policy by choosing at least two specific 2-month coverage intervals, a coverage level between 70 to 90 percent, and a productivity factor anywhere between 60 and 150 percent of the county base value. When applying for coverage, producers will also need to allocate the percentage of the total value for their operation. Program payment are not based on individual rain gauges or on a single local weather station.

Online tools are available to assist producers in determining how well the PRF program correlated with their past forage production. Specifically, history for each grid and interval across covered areas can be accessed using decision support tools found on RMA’s PRF web page ( The tools allow producers to see which years and coverage periods would have paid indemnities in past years based on hypothetical coverage levels in selected grids. Producers are strongly encouraged to use the available tools to help make purchase and coverage level decisions. Not all acres that are grazed need to be insured, but producers must have an insurable interest in the acres covered. An insurable interest, defined as the right to graze the property, must be documented.

The PRF Program is available in the 48 contiguous states. Interested producers are encouraged to visit with their crop insurance agent to learn additional program details. An agent locator tool is also available on the RMA website (

To speak with a rancher who has analyzed and purchased this product, producers are encouraged to contact Brett Crosby, President of Wyoming-based Custom Ag Solutions (CAS), and Wyoming cow calf operator who is well versed in the complex risk management decisions facing livestock producers. Crosby can be reached at 307-548-9636.

Custom Ag Solutions works with RMA and other partner organizations to educate producers about risk management and Federal crop insurance programs. More information about Federal crop insurance programs, including RMA’s Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Program, can be found at the RMA website, To receive information by mail, call CAS at 877-227-8094.  USDA, RMA, and CAS are equal opportunity providers.

Oct 27 2017

YCLC Scholarship

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee is proud to offer four (4) scholarships to graduating High School Seniors or college undergraduates.

This is up from three (3) last year thanks to Purina and Purina dealers!

 Scholarships offered include:

 $1,500 Purina Scholarship

$1,500 Purina Dealer Scholarship

$500 NMCGA Allied Industry Committee Scholarship

$500 NMCGA Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee


 Get those applications in NOW!!!

 Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2017 or received via email at by 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on November 1, 2017


Download Application here.

Resources & Forms

Scholarship Form 

Oct 17 2017

Cattle Growers to Meet in Belen

Here’s The Moos….                 For Immediate Release / October 17, 2017

From the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association

P.O. Box 7517 / Albuquerque, New Mexico 87194                                   

Cattle Growers to Meet in Belen

Central New Mexico farmers and ranchers are invited to join members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) for the Central New Mexico Ranch Day on Saturday, October 21, at 8:30 a.m. at Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction, 19543 Highway 314 in Belen.

Saturday’s meeting is open to anyone interested in the cattle industry, whether or not they are Association members, said NMCGA President Pat Boone, Elida.  “I am looking forward to seeing and learning more about agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley, and appreciate these men and women who are willing to have us come visit their operations,” Boone said.  “This will be a great opportunity to meet and visit with producers, hear their concerns and issues, and let them know more about the Association”

Host Charlie Myers, Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction, and Boone will welcome the group at 9 a.m., followed by a discussion of the impact of the auction market on New Mexico ranchers.  Later in the morning, as part of presentation on Bio Security, the group will participate in a Bio Security Training Exercise, which will continue to update throughout the day.  John Wenzel, D.V.M., with New Mexico State University, will also train the group on Beef Quality Assurance.

The group will move to 4 Daughters Land and Cattle for lunch and an update on issues impacting the livestock industry from the NMCGA.  The day will conclude with a tour of area agricultural facilities.  

“Coming together to talk about current issues, problems and ideas can benefit us all,” Boone said.  “We hope local ranchers will come spend some time with us, learn more about the work of the NMCGA, and give us an idea of what they need and want from the Association.”

Lunch will be served.  For more information, or to reserve a seat, please contact the NMCGA office at or (505) 247­-0584.


For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / email

Oct 11 2017

Filament Seeks 2018 Summer Intern

Madison, Wis. [October 11, 2017] – Filament, located in the heart of Madison, Wis., is seeking its 2018 summer intern.

“If you’re passionate about marketing and communications, love agriculture and have hands-on experience working with animals then an internship at Filament might just be for you,” says Kristi Olson, marketing executive with Filament. “Our internship provides students real-world marketing and communications experiences.”  

Qualified applicants should be college juniors or seniors studying agricultural journalism, agricultural marketing/business, animal science, communications or a related field.

Filament summer intern opportunities include: 

  • Involvement with a variety of advertising, public relations, media and marketing projects.
  • Networking with industry experts and influencers.
  • Working with a fun team that is enthusiastic about the future of agriculture.
  • Gaining knowledge of marketing materials development, social media, production and printing processes.

“Filament is proud to offer a summer internship experience to help students prepare for their future careers,” says Olson. “Our internship program gives students the chance to use what they have learned in the classroom and implement it in the real world.”

A full description of the internship position along with application details can be found here: Interested individuals should apply by October 31, 2017.

Founded in 2004, Filament is a strategic marketing and management firm focused on the advancement and success of its clients. Strongly and specifically involved in dairy, livestock and general agricultural industry markets, Filament works closely with clients seeking innovative marketing ideas and insight. Filament’s expertise is built on continued, hands-on involvement in the agriculture markets it serves and its dedication to strong client relationships.

Oct 02 2017

Livestock Inspector of the Year Nominations

Here’s The Moos….                 For Immediate Release / October 1, 2017

From the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association

Livestock Inspector of the Year Nominations Sought

               The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) is seeking nominations for its annual Livestock Inspector of the Year Award, which will be awarded during the Joint Stockmen’s Convention in December.

               Each year, the NMCGA honors a livestock inspector employed by the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) for outstanding service to the livestock industry, according to Curt Kelling, NMCGA Theft & Livestock Committee Chairman, Cuervo. “Not only does the NMLB protect New Mexico’s livestock industry from theft, but the livestock movement control provided by the Board assists in protecting animal health.”

               Nominations should include the name and address of the inspector, as well as a brief narrative on why the nominee is deserving of the award.  Nominations should be directed to the NMCGA, P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87194, via fax at 505/842-1766 or via email to  The deadline for submitting nominations is November 1, 2017.

          The award will be presented during the 2017 Joint Stockmen’s Convention, slated for November 30 – December 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque.   For further information, please contact the NMCGA office at (505) 247-0584.

For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / email

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