Three decades prove resilience

Baxter Black This year marked my 30th writing this column. The column runs in 150 papers around the country and in Canada. For the most part they can be described as trade publications, or as a smaller weekly or daily papers. It is impressive to me how many of these publications continue to remain in […]

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Factory farming keeps costs low

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist I’ve been considering moving to a “working cattle ranch” in Ribera, New Mexico, after broadcast icon Don Imus invited me (and anyone listening to his show) to come farm sustainably on his 4,000 acre Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer. The I-Man, as he’s been known on radio, interviewed David […]

NMSU agriculture experts to give drought condition farming tips

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Special to the QCS The Tucumcari area has not yet received any irrigation water this year, leaving producers to largely rely on natural precipitation to keep their crops growing. Researchers with New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari plan to give producers ideas to help them manage crops and livestock during drought conditions […]

Racino not what entire town wants

By Brian Haines Last week we held a rather well advertised rally regarding the potential coming of a “racino” to our community. During the course of the week I overheard several statements made that I wanted to use this forum to address: First: at some point it was stated that “99 percent” of Tucumcari residents […]

Dryland farming may not be a viable solution

By Tony Farkas Since the High Plains’ economy is based on agriculture, and since water for crops and livestock may soon be in short supply, one solution seems obvious: Farmers should stop irrigating and raise dryland crops. But that won’t work, most agricultural experts agree. “I don’t see that happening, not in my lifetime,” said […]

Farmers already feeling effects of disappearing water supply

By Haley Rice and Dave Gragg Donald Jones has been farming 29 years, but he has had enough. He loves farming and would continue, but said he’s running out of water on his Farwell farm. And Jones is not the only area resident with water worries. Most experts agree all of eastern New Mexico and […]