State agriculture official to meet with farmers, ranchers

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Cattle that are grass-fed, antibiotic and growth hormone free gather at Kookoolan Farm in Yamhill, Ore., Thursday, April 23, 2015. Oregon legislators are debating whether to curtail the practice over concern that repeated use of the antibiotics could make germs more resistant to the drugs and result in infections being passed on to humans who consume the meat. If the legislation passes, Oregon would be the first in the nation to mandate stricter rules on livestock antibiotics. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – The state’s top agriculture official will be talking to dairy farmers and beef cattle ranchers in southeastern New Mexico impacted by last month’s record snowstorm.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will join officials from the state’s Farm Service Agency at two informational meetings organized by the Dairy Producers of New Mexico.

The purpose of the meetings is to discuss disaster programs with dairy farmers, ranchers and other affected agricultural producers.

One meeting is scheduled Wednesday in Roswell at the Chaves County Extension Office with the other Thursday in Clovis at the city’s Civic Center.

Witte and other leaders within New Mexico’s agricultural community are urging those who had livestock or other agricultural losses in the storm to contact their county FSA office.

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