Non-Local News Releases

This category will feature news releases from out-of-area government agencies and representatives, as well as events that are not taking place in the four-county area of Grant, Catron, Hidalgo or Luna. For those events please visit Local News Releases.

Virgin Galactic Captive Carry Test Flight Marks Relocation of Spaceflight Operations to Spaceport America 

bull trich nmsuLearn more about Trichomoniasis, a bovine sexually transmitted disease, at a bull management workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, in Abiquiu. Producers may bring their bulls to be tested for the disease and fertility. The workshop is hosted by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service Small Farm and Ranch Task Force and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association Foundation’s Raising Rancher program. (NMSU photo)In response to northern New Mexico cattle growers need for access to veterinarians and cattle working facilities to perform Trichomoniasis tests, a bull management workshop will be held in three counties.

guar 1New Mexico State University crop physiologist Sangu Angadi looks at a guar plant. Guar will be one of the crops discussed at the New Mexico Alternative Crops Conference Tuesday, March 10, at NMSU's Roosevelt County Extension office, 705 East Lime Street, Portales. (NMSU photo)PORTALES, NM – New Mexico farmers are facing many challenges, including water availability and reduced profitability of conventional crops.

The answer may be in expanding the farm production into profitable alternative crops, some of which are new to New Mexico.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host the New Mexico Alternative Crops Conference, with the theme “Enhancing Sustainability of Cropping Systems in New Mexico,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at NMSU’s Roosevelt County Extension office, 705 East Lime Street, Portales.

vegetable stand 01New Mexico State University will host product safety rule workshops for fruit and vegetable growers in Las Cruces on March 4, and Albuquerque on March 19. (NMSU photo)No one growing produce wants to inadvertently make people ill because of poor food safety practices.

Two training sessions will be held in New Mexico to help fruit and vegetable growers meet the regulatory requirements included in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.

SANTA FE – On Thursday, New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky announced the hiring of the department’s first deputy secretary, as well as the department’s first assistant secretary for Native American Early Education and Care. These appointments round out the leadership team at the state’s newest department, which is dedicated solely to the well-being of New Mexico’s youngest.

Dr. Jennifer Duran-Sallee will serve as ECECD’s deputy secretary. Previously, Dr. Duran-Sallee served as director of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence at Santa Fe Community College. She earned an Ed.D. from the University of New Mexico and has long experience working with early childhood educators in every corner of the state.

Medlin commits to New Mexico and to supporting a new welding apprenticeship at NMSU

ALAMOGORDO N.M. - Medlin Ramps one of the world’s leading manufacturers of material handling equipment, has chosen Alamogordo, N.M. as the primary location for its third facility. 

The company has purchased a vacant Walmart store with a total of 87,150 square feet in building space and 25 acres of land at the intersection of Hwy 54 and Hwy 70.

In addition to the influx of money and additional local rural jobs, Medlin Ramps deepened its commitment to New Mexico by creating a welding apprenticeship program at New Mexico State University, at the suggestion of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

(Washington D.C., February 14, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation naming February 16-22 as Grain Bin Safety Week. Earlier this week, the Secretary sat down with the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, to talk about the importance of grain bin safety on the farm. Governor Noem grew up on a farm in Hamlin County, South Dakota and has a personal connection to farm safety. She has been an advocate for increased grain bin safety efforts for years. 

You may click HERE to watch their conversation.

“We hope grain operators, farmers and community leaders will join us in expanding knowledge of safe practices not just during National Grain Bin Safety Week, but year-round,” said Secretary Perdue. “Tragedies like the one Governor Noem’s family experienced happen too frequently and call for greater action, which is why I have signed a proclamation naming February 16-22 Grain Bin Safety Week.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2020 – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $9 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,744 rural households, 31 businesses, 41 farms and a critical community facility in Tennessee. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“Our core mission at USDA is to increase rural prosperity through boosting economic opportunity in rural America,” Perdue said. “We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity. Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is proud to partner with rural communities to deploy this critical infrastructure, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

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