Current events, education, policy and more will be on the agenda June 24-26 as ranchers and farmers from across New Mexico gather in Mescalero at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA), New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau (NMFLB), New Mexico CowBelles (NMCB) and New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. (NMWGI) will be meeting jointly, making this the largest gatherings of agricultural producers in the state this summer.
“ There is strength in numbers,” said Rex Wilson, NMCGA President, Carrizozo. “As agricultural producers, we are all in similar situations, and it makes sense to look at and work on the issues together. We will have a full agenda, and are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and making new friends at this year’s Mid-Year Meeting.”
”We look forward to a highly energized and productive meeting bringing nearly all of New Mexico agriculture under one roof to address the opportunities and challenges ahead,” said Mike White, NMFLB President, Dexter.Events will start on Sunday, June 24, with the Bud Eppers and Les Davis Memorial Golf Tournament at noon. The NMCB’s Beef Ambassador Contest will begin at 1 p.m., and the NMFLB’s Executive Committee will meet at 3 p.m.
Monday morning, public relations will be the topic with presentations beginning at 8 a.m. from Don Lipton, Executive Director for Public Relations and Linda Johnson, Director of Policy Implementation Programs, both with the American Farm Bureau Federation. The NMCB Board of Directors / General Session meeting will begin at 9 a.m.
At lunch, Edward Avalos, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Affairs, will address the group. Afternoon sessions will focus on water issues and sovereignty. An awards banquet and dance will end the day.
Sessions on wildlife, oil and gas and alternative energy will start the day on Tuesday, June 25, followed by the NMWGI’s Board of Directors meeting and General Session. After lunch, where attendees will hear from Dr. Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the convention will wrap up with the NMCGA’s Board of Directors / General Session meeting.
“Unfortunately, the list of issues impacting us as producers is not getting any shorter,” said Marc Kincaid, NMWGI President, Hope. “This meeting will be an opportunity to learn from state and national leaders, and to work within our associations to address current events.”
“We have to stay active in industry associations to protect our livelihoods and the way of life we love,” said Beverly Butler, NMCB President, Columbus. “I hope to see a large turnout at this year’s Mid Year Meeting.”
For more information, please contact the NMCGA office at (505) 247-0584 or visit www.nmagriculture.org
For further information, contact:
Caren Cowan, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, 505.247.0584
Dalene Hodnett, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, 575.532.4700