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Ag in the Classroom Workshops Summary Emma Cameron, NHSRA 2017 Queen Fun at the State Fair Page 1

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A Busy October Some might think October is a slow month for farmers, to address what we can expect from the Endangered Species and perhaps it is for farmers further north. But for those of Act in coming years, and a member of the United States us in sunny New Mexico, October is a busy month. Cotton Farmer and Rancher Alliance to talk about “What’s Next for is being harvested, the last of the red chile is coming in from Agriculture,” incorporating research on millennials’ view on the fields and lettuce and onion seed are being planted for agriculture. harvest next spring. Ranchers are busy as well, branding Of course we’ll name our Family, Volunteer, Media and late calves and shipping cattle that have grazed on summer Educator of the Year, along with recognition of our outgoing pastures. And the dairy families, well they’re always busy, and incoming State Board Members. There will be county milking their cows every day, no matter the time of year. caucuses to elect new representatives from regions 1, 3 and This is also a busy season for your New Mexico Farm & 5, and the Women’s Leadership and YF&R programs will Livestock Bureau. We are sponsoring the 2017 Ag Day held hold elections as well. We’ll celebrate our 100 years with in conjunction with New Mexico State University’s Homea reception for our Centennial exhibit at the New Mexico coming on October Farm & Ranch Her“...to Ensure a Successful Future” 28th. Matthew Gonitage Museum, and zales, our Director of our Centennial book Government Affairs has been attending interim committee will be for sale meetings as we gear up for the upcoming 30-day legislative throughout the session which starts January 16th. CEO Chad Smith and I meeting. Then have been attending Centennial BBQ’s across the state as we on Saturday we’ll celebrate our 100-year anniversary. County Farm Bureaus adopt policies have been working on resolutions. And Traci and Cheryl, recommended well they’re always busy, working with teachers and stuby our county dents, no matter the time of year. farm bureaus. Another group of very busy people are those who are You’ll find the organizing our Annual Meeting in Las Cruces, November registration form 16 – 18. We hope you’re planning to attend, it will be a fun, on page 9, we educational and informative conference with something hope to see you for everyone. “Building on the Past to Ensure a Successful there! Future” is our theme and in that vein, we’ve invited young Do justly, love Ag Educator and 4-H Agents to talk about the future of FFA mercy, walk and 4-H, a representative from the Pacific Legal Foundation humbly. Page 2

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Time to get all of Rural America up to Speed with Broadband When we start talking about infrastructure improvements, most Americans can easily think of a local highway they’d like to see widened and smoothed out or a nearby bridge that needs upgrading. Farmers and ranchers are no exception when it comes to taking an interest in better roads, railways and waterways: We depend on safe and reliable infrastructure to get our products to market. But in today’s fast-paced global economy, high-speed internet has become just as critical a pathway to customers near and far. That’s why Farm Bureau is urging the administration to address rural America’s broadband needs as it develops its infrastructure improvement plan. Too often, rural America has been left in the dust when it comes down to actual spending on infrastructure. Communications infrastructure is no different. We’re working to make sure that the administration brings rural America up to speed. Rural communities connect our farmers and ranchers to the rest of the world. The speed and bandwidth of those connections play a part in the efficiency of our nation’s food, fuel and fiber production. It’s hard to believe in today’s digital age, but 39 percent of rural Americans today still lack access to the Federal Communications Commission’s defined broadband speed of at least 25 Mbps/3Mbps. Without those respective download and upload speeds, rural Americans are left behind, unable to stream and share real-time data, images and videos. By comparison, only 4 percent of urban Americans are without that same access. A lack of access shouldn’t be confused with a lack of demand either. Research shows that the rural broadband

industry has boosted our nation’s economy by $24.1 billion and has led to the creation of nearly 70,000 jobs. I recently visited several farms in Maine, where an organic potato seed grower told me that he depends on the internet for 75 percent of his sales. However, he lacks high-speed internet and the cost to bring it to his farm is too high. His ability to benefit from e-commerce is limited. High-speed internet shouldn’t be a luxury. It has become as basic to daily life and business in the 21st century as electricity became early on in the last century. For most urban and suburban Americans, it’s a given that they can fire up their phones and computers to instantly connect to the world around them.

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Today, online tools bring educational programs, health services and business resources right to our doorsteps. This kind of access is especially critical in rural America where folks can be far removed from resources that can improve their way of life and help boost their local economy. A rural entrepreneur in North Carolina can get training to improve her business and reach clients hundreds—even thousands—of miles away. A family living 50 miles from the nearest town in southwestern Idaho can receive a virtual house call from a doctor via video chat. And a farmer on the Kansas prairie can upload field data straight from his farm equipment to analyze his crops and apply just the right amount of fertilizer exactly where it’s needed. Modern farming has made great strides in the last several decades thanks to developments in precision ag tools and see “Broadband” pg 12 Fall 2017

New Mexico Ag in the Classroom, Growing Our Future By Katelin Spradley, Communications Intern

Imagine a world where our youth understood and appreciated agriculture and the implications that could have for farmers and ranchers. New Mexico Ag in the Classroom is working to open the eyes of our youth by reaching out to a critical link in the chain, our teachers. Starting on July 14 and ending on July 28, NMAITC hosted their first summer regional workshops throughout New Mexico. The workshops, which were themed “Grow with New Mexico Ag in the Classroom”, were held in Farmington, Carlsbad, Bernalillo, Las Vegas, and Silver City and focused on school gardens and grow projects. “For the regional workshops we are trying to take it to the teachers and get them connected with the resources from their area so that they feel better supported when they want to do a garden or other ag project,” said Traci Curry, Southern Regional Director for NMAITC. Each workshop brought in a variety of local speakers to share their expertise on different school garden subjects. Desiree Deschenie spoke about the Yeego Gardening project through the Farmington Agriculture Science Center, which is working to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to communities within the Navajo Nation through school gardens. “There are only 13 grocery stores within the Navajo Nation, creating ‘food deserts’, which makes fresh produce from school gardens important for the prevention of diabetes and cancer,” said Deschenie. Mollie Toll, an outreach educator at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology, talked about historical plants and planting methods at the regional workshop in Bernalillo. Teachers also got to hear from Arthur Ariaz, New Mexico Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist, who explained soil erosion using a rain simulator and explained all the educational opportunities that NRCS provides. Other local resources such as local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Extension Service presented how they could help support school gardens and learning within the classroom. “Teachers are much more successful if they have local support for a garden or grow project,” said Curry, “The number one killer of school gardens is not having local Peter Skelton, Associate Professor and Director of NMSU’s Extension and support.” Teachers also heard from existing Research Youth Agricultural Science Center at Memorial Middle School in garden projects within their communities and Las Vegas shows teachers the potential of a school garden. teachers attending the Bernalillo workshop got the opportunity to tour a school garden at East San Jose Elementary and the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden at Albuquerque Academy. Garden managers shared tips on how to get students, teachers, administration, and community members involved in a school garden project and other useful information like when and what to plant and good ideas for fundraising and grants. NMAITC helped to pull everything together by providing teachers with the necessary curriculum to make school gardens an extension of the classroom. Tools like the NMAITC curriculum matrix, which lets teachers find agriculture lessons based on common core requirements, provided another source of support to teachers wishing to incorporate agriculture within their Page 4

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classroom. “I had no idea of all that was available,” said Louise Catron, a fourth grade teacher at McKinley Elementary in Farmington. NMAITC led teachers through simple activities like a source relay to show the importance of natural resources and the Earth is an apple analogy to show the percentage of viable land to grow crops on. “I want my kids to know where their stuff comes from. That’s way more important to me than any test,” said Faye Richards, a second grade teacher at Mission Avenue Elementary School in Albuquerque. In the future, NMAITC hopes to expand on their vision for the summer regional workshops and reach more teachers and students. Although summer regional workshops may look different in the years to come, NMAITC will continue to reach out to New Mexico teachers with the continued help of local county farm bureaus. “We would love to see our volunteer base grow and have more of the locals going in and taking A special thank you to the Bernalillo, San ownership,” said Cheryl Butterfield, State Contact for Miguel/Mora, Eddy, San Juan, and Grant National Ag in the Classroom and Northern Regional Director for NMAITC. County Farm Bureaus and AGvocates: Martha The success of the summer regional workshops, Stewart, Tessa Ogden, Haley Montes, Rosaand NMAITC in general, relies heavily on county farm lie Lopez, and Lou Emma Floyd for their hard bureau groups like San Juan County Farm & Livestock work and participation. Also thanks to San Juan Bureau who helped to spread the word to local teachers, County FLB President Gary Hawthorn, for brought in local speakers, provided an ideal location for attending and participating in the Farmington the workshop, and provided lunch. “We need to support our teachers. We need to support our community workshop! If we did not have all the great help and build from there. It needs to be grass roots. We are and support at the local level then these worka grass roots organization, and everbody needs to see shops would not have been possible! - Traci Curry NMAITC as their own program,” said Curry.






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How Changes to A-Plus Pronghorn Program Will Affect NM Land Owners By Tanner Anderson, NMF&LB Southeast Regional Director

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is proposing to make big changes to how pronghorn hunting is managed in our state. This will affect many of our members, as many of us have pronghorn on our properties. Currently, pronghorn hunting is managed through the A-Plus program, where tags are distributed to land owners who meet the qualified acreage in their unit. With the current program, hunting is limited to those areas that meet the minimum acreage requirements, yet there are still those who choose not to sign up regardless of whether they meet that requirement. Landowners choose not to sign up for several reasons, but the new proposal may encourage them to begin hunting on their properties. There are currently two options, but the main proposal is to deviate from the A-Plus program and begin distributing tags publicly through the draw (not much different), and privately over the counter. This option would allow landowners the opportunity to purchase as many tags as they desired, over the counter. In addition to this, they have proposed to add another hunt (most likely muzzleloader), increasing the hunt from 3 to 5 days, and going from 60 to 150 hunting rules. Keep in mind that this plan is just a proposal, and NMDGF is seeking input from the public. This is a great opportunity for us as farmers, ranchers and landowners in general, to “sit at the table” with the Game and Fish department and develop a plan to benefit both hunters and landowners. Hunting is a large part of the economy of NM, and many consider New Mexico to have some of the best pronghorn hunting in the world, however the private property rights of landowners in this state must be respected, bottom line. Our goal is to get feedback from our members, take that feedback to NMDGF and work with them to ensure a plan is created that respects our rights as landowners. If you have any feedback, please send it to me and if you have any questions at all please contact me at tannera@nmflb.org.

All Hail the Queen! Not since 1969 has a New Mexican won the title of National High School Rodeo Association Queen. But when Emma Cameron, a 17-year-old from Santa Fe, competed at the contest in Wyoming this past summer she not only won, she dominated, winning several of the categories and placing second or third in the others. “I could not be more proud of Emma,” says her mom, Karen McClelland Cameron. “She wanted it, she went for it, and her hard work has paid off. National High School Rodeo has an amazing queen in Emma, as she is a perfect ambassador for rodeo and the western way of life.” Emma grew up with a passion for the sport of rodeo, competing in 4-H and junior rodeos. Last year she was named Queen for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. Currently a senior, Emma wants to go to Stanford to study business and international relations. “Then I want to go to grad school and get a Ph.D, so I can end up in agriculture on an international level,” says Emma. To contact Emma, or to book her for your event, please email her at nhsraqueen@gmail.com Both this photo, and the cover photo, were taken by Kristina Holt/Loveletters Photography. Page 6

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Thursday, November 16

New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau 2017 Annual Meeting, November 16-18 Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces

1:00 pm President Craig Ogden Welcome & Year in Review 1:15 pm Lyndy Phillips, Keynote Speaker 2:15 pm Klayton Bearup, Ag Educator, Silver City 2:45 pm Kayla Hinrichs, 4-H Extension Agent, Lea County 3:15 pm Break 3:30 pm Matthew Gonzales, Legislative Update 4:00 pm Discussion Meet 4:30 pm Foundation Board Meeting 6:00 pm Reception for Centennial Exhibit at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum hors d’oeuvres served

Friday, November 17

7:00 - 8:15 am WLP Meeting 8:30 am Garrey Carruthers, NMSU President 9:00 am Youth Ranch Management Camp Top Hand Winner 9:30 am Jennie Hodgen, Merck 10:15 am Break 10:30 am Jeff McCoy, Pacific Legal Foundation 11:15 am Discussion Meet Final Four 12:00 pm Luncheon 1:30 pm County Caucuses for Regions 1, 3, and 5 and Elections for WLP &YFR 2:15 pm Break 2:30 pm Paul Spooner, USFRA 3:30 pm Annual Business Session 4:30 pm Board of Directors Reorganization Meeting 6:00 pm 100th Annual Banquet Sponsored by FBFS

Recognition of Outgoing & Incoming Board Members Teacher of the Year Live Auction to benefit NMAITC Media Person of the Year Volunteer of the Year Distinguished Service to Ag Farm Family of the Year

Saturday, November 18

7:00 am State Board and County Presidents’ Meeting 8:30 am Adoption of Policy Resolutions

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Hotel Encanto,705 S Telshor Blvd Make reservations by calling 575-522-4300 and referencing NMF&LB, or go to http://tinyurl.com/2018NMF-LB Rooms start at $99.00 before October 26th

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Name:______________________________________________________________________ Address:____________________________________________________________________ Email address:_______________________________________________________________ County:____________________________________Phone:___________________________ #___Early Registration $150 after October 26 - $200 (One person - all inclusive) #___Child Registration $50 after October 26- $65 (age 6-15, under 6 are free)

#___High School/ Collegiate Farm Bureau Member $100 (CFB membership must be current) after October 26 - $125 #___Additional Evening Dinner tickets $50 (tickets are limited)

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Mail to: NMF&LB 2220 N. Telshor Las Cruces, NM 88011

Questions? Call Theresa Widner at 575-532-4703 or 575-312-6197 theresaw@nmflb.org

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O Fair New Mexico by Dalene Hodnett, Director of Communications and Media Relations The New Mexico State Fair provided plenty of opportunity for the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau to connect with both consumers and food producers, while showcasing our 2017 Farm Family of the Year. Rise of the Chile Ristra was held on Friday September 8th on the patio of the Agricultural building. Fair goers were invited to help string a 14-foot-long red chile ristra which remained on display until September 16th. “The goal behind Rise of the Chile Ristra was to bring together one of New Mexico’s oldest traditions, building chile ristras, and fair-goers,” said Francisco Hatay, NMF&LB Marketing Coordinator. “By creating a presence within the New Mexico State Fair, we can share NMF&LB’s message.”

Javier Correa, Field Claim Representative for Farm Bureau Financial Services helped with the ristra, as did Chad Smith, NMF&LB CEO and Mike Gion, FBFS Sr. Ag Marketing Underwriter. The completed ristra was held 25 feet in the air by a fork lift. On Wednesday, September 13th the McCollum family of De Baca County was recognized as our Farm Family of the Year at a presentation held during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo. Kim McCollum was joined by her son, Ryan, his wife Kelsey, and their children Lacey and Colby as the State Fair paid tribute to this family with a long tradition of involvement with NMF&LB. They are shown below with Larry Reagan, NMF&LB 1st Vice President and De Baca County FLB President, Craig Ogden, NMF&LB President and Chad Smith, NMF&LB CEO. We were honored to support New Mexico’s agricultural future on Friday, September 15th when we partnered with Farm Credit of New Mexico to purchase show animals at the Junior Livestock Sale. We bought Aubrey Brandenberger’s steer and Kaya New’s lamb. We are so proud of these 4-H and FFA members who demonstrate compassion and animal care as they raise their livestock projects. What a great State Fair!

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YF&R’s NM Ag True Tour By Tessa Ogden, District III Co-Chair Young Farmers and Ranchers are gearing up for their Ag True Tour on October 27th and 28th in Las Cruces. Here is some info, and we would love to see some familiar Farm Bureau faces and supporters, along with our legislators. Since this is our Centennial year, Aggie Homecoming, and the “Ag” game, we hope to have a great turnout! We have some new and exciting stops this year that will be enjoyed by all! Check in/Registration will be from 12:00- 12:45pm on Friday, October 27th and we’ll depart for the tour at 1:00pm. We’ll visit the Mesilla Valley Maze, Masson Farms and Spotted Dog Brewery among other sites. There will also be a dinner/reception at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum that evening. The tour will end with a lunch at the Aggie Tailgate on Saturday. If you have questions please contact Danielle Lowry at 505264-4147 or Haley Montes at 575-973-1539.

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“Broadband” from pg 3 technology. Yet, in the same way a smartphone is nothing more than a mobile phone when it’s not connected to a highspeed wireless network, precision ag equipment cannot reach its full potential without access to broadband in the fields. If we’re going to continue reducing our environmental impact and growing more with less, we must be able to optimize the latest technology to analyze our inputs and yields and connect to resources and services that help make our farms smarter and more sustainable. Broadband is not a luxury for a farmer who wants to stay competitive in today’s marketplace; it’s a necessity. An urban business wouldn’t go hours, much less a day, without access to high-speed internet. Why are business owners across rural America expected to get by with far less? Getting all of rural America connected to high-speed internet, and the services and opportunities that brings, can strengthen our rural communities and help farmers produce more of the American-grown products we all enjoy. Page 12

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ISSN 0028-6192 2220 N. TELSHOR BLVD. • LAS CRUCES, NM 88011 575.532.4700 • FAX: 575.532.4710 PUBLISHER: New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau New Mexico Farm & Ranch is published monthly. Yearly subscription is $24.00. New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau members receive a complimentary subscription with yearly dues. U.S. Postage PAID, bulk rate, PERMIT #31, Las Cruces, NM 88001. FORWARDING/RETURN POSTAGE GUARANTEED, ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED. OFFICERS Craig Ogden President, Loving Larry Reagan 1st Vice President, Ft. Sumner Boe Lopez 2nd Vice President, Springer Mike White Past President, Dexter Page 14

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Burl Brown, Des Moines Bud Deerman, La Mesa Jim Ellett, Hope Duane Frost, Claunch Anita Hand, Datil Gary Hathorn, Flora Vista Leon Hemann, McDonald Jay Hill, Mesilla Park George Jackson, Lordsburg John Jackson, Lake Arthur Janet Jarratt, Los Lunas Deena Kinman, Elida Matt Lansford, Clovis Danielle Lowry, Albuquerque Donald Martinez, El Rito Tommy Ortiz, Las Vegas Troy Sauble, Maxwell Paula Sichler, San Antonio John Sweetser, Deming Tom Wilton, Ft. Sumner Anita Hand, Chair Women’s Leadership Committee Danielle Lowry, Chair Young Farmer & Rancher Committee

REGIONAL DIRECTORS Tanner Anderson, Portales Matthew Gonzales, Cimarron Valerie Huerta, Santa Cruz Benjie Segovia, Las Cruces Cheryl Butterfield Northern Director, Ag in the Classroom Traci Curry Southern Director, Ag in the Classroom Francisco Hatay Marketing Coordinator Dalene Hodnett Director of Communications and Media Relations Cecilia Diaz Johnson Bookkeeper Theresa Widner Director of Membership Services

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