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 nmcga@nmagriculture.org or (505) 247­-0584.


For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org 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: http://bit.ly/2xwx4JE. 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 nmcga@nmagriculture.org.  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 / nmcga@nmagriculture.org email

Sep 08 2017

Cattlegrowers Foundation working with Next Generation…

Cattlegrowers Foundation Working to Bring the Next Generation of Ranchers Home to the Land

One of the biggest rewards of production agriculture for most farmers and ranchers is seeing the land they have spent a lifetime caring for handed down to their children or grandchildren and knowing that what they have built will carry on.  When that younger generation isn’t there – because they are making a living away from the ranch, aren’t quite ready to move home, don’t think they can make it work financially or for any other reason – making that transition can be tough.

At the same time, there are people out there who have the desire to become involved in agriculture, but are priced off the land.  These people of all ages, but primarily young, just need a chance and a place to embark on their agricultural careers.

The Cattlegrowers Foundation, Inc. would like to become the conduit to connect those who want to keep their land in agriculture and those who need a place to start.  “Our vision is to be able to help ranchers, keep ranchland in production whenever possible, and ensure a strong future for the industry and way of life we know and love,” said foundation President Phil H. Bidegain.  “We welcome input and ideas on how to make this a successful program, as well as financial support.”

Every situation is unique, and the Cattlegrowers Foundation will work with each individual rancher to meet the needs and concerns of all involved, Bidegain explained.  “Agreements must be put in place to cover the legal, liability, insurance, and many other issues that must be considered.”

Agriculture has always meant hard work, but in today’s world, keeping land in agricultural production is especially challenging.  Land values are high, the cost of doing business is high, and there are many more lucrative careers, he noted.  For someone wanting to get into the agriculture business, it’s almost cost prohibitive. 

The rewards of being in production agriculture aren’t always monetary, but they are just as valuable.  “The heritage and connection to the land, the sense of a job well done, watching the sun come up just like your parents or grandparents did – that’s something you can’t put a price on,” Bidegain explained.  “We want to do all we can to help people keep their land in agriculture, or get their start in agriculture, so that their kids and grandkids will have those same opportunities.”

Make a difference and leave your legacy. If you, or someone you know, would like to ensure their land remains in farm and ranch production, contact the Cattlegrowers Foundation at 505-247-0584, or visit www.raisingranchers.com.    


For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org email

Jun 12 2017

NMDA to hold public rule hearings across New Mexico

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017

Contact: Shelby Herrera

575-646-3007 office

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) –  The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold public hearings in four locations across the state to discuss the adoption and amendment of two rules.

The hearings will be held to propose the repeal and adoption of 21.15.1 NMAC – “Organic Agriculture,” and amendments to 21.34.3 NMAC “Pasteurized Milk Ordinance,” and receive public comment on each proposal.

The hearings will be as follows:

  • In Las Cruces at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 1–2 p.m., and 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • In Portales at the Roosevelt County Extension Office on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 2–3 p.m., and 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • In Santa Fe at the State Capitol building in room 326, on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 8–9 a.m., and 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • In Albuquerque at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 1–2 p.m., and 2:30–3:30 p.m.

During the Organic Agriculture hearings, the new fee structure for the Department’s Organic Program will be proposed.

During the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance hearings amendments will be proposed. These amendments add a reference to additional documents that are used to regulate milk and milk products in New Mexico.

The Organic rule hearings will be held first at each location, with the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance rule hearings to follow.

A copy of the proposed rule is available on the webpage at www.nmda.nmsu.edu, or at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture located at 3190 S. Espina, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

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