Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grasshopper Workshop

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service – Curry County will be hosting a Grasshopper Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on September 30, 2014 at Allen Hall in Grady, NM.  Shawn Carson from Plant Protection & Quarantine-Aphis will be on hand to discuss the current grasshopper situation and what we may be looking at in the future.  PPQ will also discuss what options we have when it comes to controlling the       grasshopper populations. 

There will be 1 General CEU for producers that hold a pesticide applicator license.   To register for this event please contact the Curry County Extension office at (575)763-6505

Thursday, July 10, 2014

USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

106,000 Payment Helping Farmers in 40 States Recover from Losses;
Producers reminded sign-up deadline approaching for ELAP

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
“Farmers and ranchers who waited two and a half years for a Farm Bill are now getting some relief,” said Vilsack. “We met the very ambitious goal to get these programs up and running in just 60 days. Now, thanks to our dedicated staff in offices across the country, we’ve provided more than 106,000 payments to farmers and ranchers in 40 states who suffered drought, blizzard, and other weather related losses.”
A quick implementation of the disaster assistance programs has been a top priority for USDA. In February, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that enrollment for four disaster assistance programs would begin April 15, 2014, 60 days from the date the programs were reestablished by the 2014 Farm Bill. After the 2008 Farm Bill, it took over one year for the programs to get up and running.
Since then, dedicated full-time FSA staff, as well as temporary employees hired to expedite the application process, have processed over $1.2 billion in payments to qualifying farmers and ranchers. The first payments were sent out to farmers and ranchers within two weeks of enrollment. USDA estimated that roughly $2.5 billion would be provided in disaster relief to cover losses from October 2011 through September 2014. If those estimates prove accurate, it would mean nearly half of all disaster payments have already been provided.
While disaster relief is a critical lifeline that can prevent farmers and ranchers who do not have access to crop insurance from being wiped out by weather-related losses beyond their control, most producers only receive support equal to 60 percent of their actual losses.
USDA disaster programs include:
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides payments for grazing losses due to drought and livestock deaths due to adverse weather.
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides assistance for livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish losses due to disease (including cattle tick fever), weather, wildfires and colony collapse disorder, or for losses not covered under other disaster assistance programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.
The Tree Assistance Program (TAP) provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes and vines that were lost or damaged by natural disasters.
Specific program deadlines are as follows:
• 2011-2013 ELAP – Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
• 2011 -2014 LFP – Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
• 2011-2014 LIP – Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
• 2011-2014 TAP – Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
Producers affected by adverse weather should contact their FSA county office to make an appointment and learn if they are eligible for disaster assistance. For more information, producers may review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet, and the LIP, LFP, ELAP and TAP fact sheets online, or visit any local FSA office.
Vilsack also highlighted that more than $270 million in disaster assistance has been paid to farmers and ranchers in USDA StrikeForce counties experiencing chronic poverty. “Farmers and ranchers in these counties have extraordinary challenges. Through USDA’s StrikeForce initiative, we can get federal support to areas that need it the most,” said Vilsack.
The StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative works to address the unique set of challenges faced by many of America’s rural communities. Through the StrikeForce, USDA is leveraging resources and collaborating with over 400 community organizations, businesses, foundations, universities and other groups to support 80,300 projects with more than $9.7 billion in USDA investments into rural America. StrikeForce currently serves 20 states that include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NMSU Corona research center to host field day July 19

CORONA – Ranchers will have an opportunity to learn about the research being conducted at New Mexico State University’s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center during a field day on Saturday, July 19.
Man standing in front of cows
New Mexico State University beef cattle nutritionist Eric Scholljegerdes will present different aspects of the research being conducted at New Mexico State University’s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center during the center’s field day on Saturday, July 19. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)
“The primary mission of the Corona center is to enhance the understanding of woody brush invasion, hydrology, cow-calf production, and big game management, and to develop innovative solutions to improve economic development in rangeland-bound communities,” said Shad Cox, superintendent of the 27,886-acre working ranch laboratory that is located near the geographic center of the state, just east of the village of Corona.

“During the year, we host Ranchers’ Roundtable events where experts on a specific topic answer questions of the ranchers,” Cox said. “The field day will give them a chance to learn about the research being conducted here at the research center and interact with faculty and graduate students.”

During the field day, attendees will learn about research in:
• Heifer development on native and irrigated pastures.
• Fly control and its impact on cow performance.
• NMSU Corona ram test
• Juniper feeding to sheep
• Reproductive programs for ewes
• Supplemental rumen protected amino acids influence on lamb growth and fetal programing
• Ranch management programs and feedlot health.
• Potential to use genetic markers to select cattle for grazing distribution
• Targeted cattle grazing to reduce fine fuels and improve other ecosystems services.
• Targeted grazing of juniper saplings at the Corona ranch
• Habitat selection of livestock
• Associations among cattle on rangelands: Do cows have buddies and does it matter?

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the program starting at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served following research poster presentations. For directions to the research center, visit