New Mexico producers meet in spite of drought

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jul 10, 2006
by WLJ

Over 100 cowboys from across New Mexico converged on Silver City, NM, recently, despite drought and fire, for the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) mid-year meeting.

Caren Cowen, executive director for NMCGA, was pleased by the conference. “It was a good turn out in light of the drought and fires.”

Cowen continued, “Policy issues discussed included a measured approach to death tax reform and capitol gains as well as the need for the IRS to provide longer time frame for 1031 exchange on lands sales. Other resolutions addressed water rights, jaguar critical habitat, The Nature Conservancy involvement in federal land management, country of origin labeling, archeological clearances necessary for land conservation projects, the state’s growing elk herd and other state issues.”

A new membership contract was unveiled to the attendees with hopes of attracting more interest and support for the organization. Cowen was pleased with the conference and looks forward to next year as the group has already begun work on its agenda for the 2007 Legislature.