by Pat Boone
New Mexico Cattle Grower's Association President's Message
Dear NMCGA members and cattle industry friends,
As I write this, we are a week removed from the 2014 Legislature in Santa Fe. It was the short session, and it was slow and uneventful for the most part. An unusually small number of bills were introduced, and I have not heard yet how many of them were actually passed all the way through. We didn’t see the budget passed until two days before the end. NMCGA didn’t have a lot going on, but we were there every day, doing our best to stay abreast of the issues affecting our industry and our fellow ag producers. We did get HB 51, the Right to Farm, dealing with nuisance lawsuits against agricultural operations all the way through. Next year promises to be a much more active session, and we are already preparing for it.
We had our winter Board meeting and Legislative breakfast during the Session. Both were well attended. We appreciate the efforts by our legislators to attend in spite of their busy schedules. They have a tough job, and it means a lot when they give us their ear. Remember to thank your senators and representatives for the work they do on our behalf.
I am truly humbled to be serving you as president-elect of NMCGA. The men and women who have gone before in service to our great organization have left big boots to fill. I thank them for all the hard work they’ve done to make it as great as it is. Our president Jose is doing a great job. He has a heart for NMCGA, and is a work-a-holic on the issues facing us. I am honored to serve with him.
A BIG thank you to Caren, Michelle, and Zach. They keep up with everything and everybody, and keep us pointed in the right direction. They are the best.
Our Mid-Year meeting will be here before we know it. Plan on coming to Las Cruces June 8 through 10 and joining us. Urge your friends and neighbors who are not members to pay their dues and help us as we strive to stay ahead of the issues that are always there.
We have had, for the most part, a dry winter all across the state. The tanks are dry once again, and the dust is beginning to blow. I pray that will soon change for all of us, that the spring showers will come, and the grass will be green all summer ! May God bless you all.