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.


Mar 19 2018

NM Indian Livestock Days

New Mexico Indian Livestock Days

May 2018: 9, 10, &11

The 22nd annual NM Indian Livestock Days will take place on May 9, 10 and 11, 2018 at the Rt 66 Casino and Hotel.

Registration is live at this link


Mar 13 2018

Wildfire Season & Support Survey

New Mexico Ranchers Urged to Prepare for Wildfire Season

If you are able to provide locations for displaced livestock, feed, potential transportation, or other resources please click the link below and fill our the support survey so that our office can begin to compile a list of contacts and resources when the need arises. Please submit your information if you can be of assistance to wildfire victims. 

Click Here for Support Survey

With fires already burning in northern New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma, New Mexico ranchers are encouraged to make preparations now for what could be a long and severe 2018 wildfire season.

“It’s only March, but we are being told by the National Weather Service and U.S. Forest Service that we are in for an unusually bad fire season,” said Tom Sidwell, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) president, Quay.  “Thanks to a warm, relatively dry winter, conditions across the state are unfortunately perfect for wildfires, and they have gotten an early start.”

 The Stateline Fire burning in Union County, north of Clayton, New Mexico, was estimated as of March 10 to be at 21,253 acres, of which 7,160 acres has crossed over into Colorado. The fire has also crossed from New Mexico into Cimarron County in Oklahoma, making it one of the few fires that have burned in three states.

In Oklahoma, seventeen of more than 100 wildfires are still burning. At least 60 homes have been destroyed or damaged by the fires.  There are at least six people dead and a lot of livestock has burned or has been destroyed due to burns.

Agencies have asked the NMCGA to start looking at locations for displaced livestock, feed and potential transportation.  “We would like to start a list of our resources in the NMCGA office so that if and when the need arises we can respond immediately,” Sidwell noted.  “If you are willing to help out, please let us know where you are and what you can do.  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.”

Range fires are unpredictable, destructive and dangerous, he said, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  “Above all else, please be safe.  In the past couple of years, two NMCGA board members have been badly burned fighting fire, with one fire claiming a life.”

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




Mar 05 2018

Youth Ranch Management Camp

Time to Apply for NMSU’s New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp

For six years teenagers have learned the science behind ranching at the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp conducted by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Now is the time for youth ages 15 to 19 to apply for a life-changing experience at the June 10 through 15 camp where they will be introduced to the many aspects of running a ranch, from financial statements and marketing strategies to producing quality beef and managing natural resources and wildlife.

Online registration deadline is April 15. Visit nmyrm.nmsu.edu for more information and to register. A total of 30 participants will be invited to this year’s camp with three of the openings reserved for out-of-state youth.

The camp is held at the CS Cattle Company’s 130,000-acre ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range near Cimarron.

“This location allows our campers to see a real-life working ranch,” said camp director Jack Blandford, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service program director in Luna County. “The CS, a cattle and hunting operation, has been family owned and operated since 1873.”

Collaboration between NMSU Extension specialists, county Extension agents and members of the ranching industry provides an opportunity for youth to learn about the many aspects of ranching.

“We are proud to offer this one-of-a-kind program for the future cattle producers of our state,” said Jon Boren, NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences associate dean and director of the Extension service.

“What we are finding, from the more than 150 youth who have participated in past ranch camps, is that they have gained a greater appreciation of the science and opportunities in agriculture,” Boren said. “It is also a win-win for our aging agricultural industry with more young people having an interest in going into this type of work.”

During the first four days, the youth compile information necessary to manage a ranch. The college-level hands-on curriculum includes all things beef, marketing and economics, natural resources and range land management.

At the end of each day, one camper receives the Top Hand award for their outstanding participation in that day’s activities.

Each evening they are using that day’s information to design their team’s own ranch management plan, which they present on Friday to a panel of judges from the beef industry and NMSU in competition for the coveted team jacket.

“You don’t have to just be in ranching to attend this camp. It offers a wide variety of career avenues,” Blandford said. “I encourage any youth within the age group to apply.”

The camp is sponsored by NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico Beef Council, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, Cattlegrowers Foundation Inc. and New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, and several beef industry companies.

Multimin Health

Original Environmentalist