Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How does health insurance affect farmers and ranchers?

I got this in February so sorry I lost it for awhile the link is still active however. Greetings, Please help in promoting this USDA funded survey. It would be great to have New Mexico represented. In Appreciation, Sonja How does health insurance affect farmers and ranchers? Help influence rural health policy in upcoming survey Farmers and ranchers: How does health insurance affect you? Help influence rural health policy by participating in an upcoming USDA funded survey. Your responses will help researchers understand how health-insurance policy affects farmers’ and ranchers’ decisions to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises. Selected participants received a letter about the survey in February. If you would like to participate follow this link: https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php/132344?lang=en This survey is a chance for farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard about their experiences with health insurance and how that affects both their economic development and family’s quality of life. "We’re interested in hearing from multi-generation, beginning, and first generation farm and ranch families across all ages and sectors of agriculture. We want to understand what parts of health insurance are working well for farmers and ranchers and what types of policy and program modifications need to be made. Results will be shared with agriculture and health policy makers,” said lead researcher, Shoshanah Inwood, rural sociologist and professor at the University of Vermont. All responses will be confidential and only summary statistics will be reported. "We know from our prior research that farmers identify the cost of health insurance as a key barrier to growing their farms or farming full-time,” said Inwood. This study is a joint effort with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Policy, and the four USDA Rural Development Centers. Findings will be used to guide the development of training materials for professionals who work with farmers and ranchers—such as Extension Educators, farm consultants, and tax accountants—so that they can support farmers’ and ranchers' ability to make well-informed decisions regarding health insurance. The survey questions are based on interviews conducted in 2016 with smaller groups of farmers and ranchers in the 10 states being researched. This study is a four-year national project exploring how health insurance options impact the farm and ranch population in the U.S. The project, titled “Health Insurance, Rural Economic Development and Agriculture” (HIREDnAG), is funded by a $500,000 USDA Rural Communities and Regional Development grant. States included in the study are California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. Project partners include the Northeastern, North Central, Southern and Western Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs); University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies; University of Vermont Extension; Center for Rural Affairs; University of Maryland Extension; and, the Farm Foundation. For more information, visit the HIREDnAG website: http://www.hirednag.net/ Or contact Katlyn Morris, HIREDnAG Project Coordinator at katlyn.morris@uvm.edu or by phone at 802-656-0257. ****************************************************************************** Dr. Sonja Koukel Community & Environmental Health Specialist

Friday, March 24, 2017

Understanding Western Soils, For Agriculturislist like Farmers, Ranchers, and others.

Free Resources for teaching or learning about soil properties in the arid west. There are a number of short video demonstrations by respected professionals: such as Visualizing soil properties like water holding capacity and textures, reducing erosion, sampling soil. Great animations to make visable some hidden aspects of arid westerns soils. Like how do salts compete with plants for water; what is SAR?; Reason to use the olsen P when soil testing . Check it out at: http://westernsoil.nmsu.edu/ If you would take a short 15 second online survey to help improve this resource.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Guide H-171: Iron Chlorosis

Guide H-171: Iron Chlorosis Natalie P. Goldberg (Extension Plant Pathologist/Distinguished Achievement Prof., Dept. of Extension Plant Sciences) Jason M. French (Plant Diagnostic Clinician, Dept. of Extension Plant Sciences) http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_h/H171.pdf

National Poison Prevention Week – EPA Urges Public to Keep All Pesticides in Original Containers to Prevent Accidental Poisoning

EPA Pesticide Program Updates From EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs www.epa.gov/pesticides March 21, 2017 In This Update: National Poison Prevention Week – EPA Urges Public to Keep All Pesticides in Original Containers to Prevent Accidental Poisoning National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is highlighting the dangers of removing pesticides and other household chemicals from their original containers and storing them in bottles or cans that can be mistaken for drink. Poison Control Centers have reported cases of accidental poisonings from ingestion of chemical substances stored in soda and juice bottles and cans, coffee cups, baby bottles and various other beverage containers. One of the simplest ways to prevent poisonings is to always keep products in their original containers. Product labels contain valuable use instructions and important precautions and first aid needed in case of an emergency. National Poison Prevention Week is a time to raise awareness about simple steps that can be taken to prevent poisonings. Most poisonings happen in people’s homes and are preventable. Here are tips to reduce exposure: • Post the Poison Control Centers’ national helpline number, 1-800-222-1222, near your phone. Program the number into your phone's "address book." • Read the product label first and follow the directions to the letter. • Never transfer pesticides and other household chemical products to containers that may be mistaken for food or drink. • Re-close products if interrupted during application (e.g., phone call, doorbell, etc.). • Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container tightly after use. • Make sure all of your household cleaning and pesticide products are stored out of children’s reach and use childproof locks on low cabinets. • Remove children, pets, and toys before applying pesticides (inside or outside the home). Follow label directions to determine when children and pets can re-enter the area that has been treated. More information about poisoning prevention in your home: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/children.pdf https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/reduce-your-childs-chances-pesticide-poisoning See this for more information on poison-proofing your home and safely controlling pests in an around your home: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-10/documents/roombyroom-checklist.pdf https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/got-pests-control-them-safely EPA distributes its Pesticide Program Updates to external stakeholders and citizens who have expressed an interest in the agency's pesticide program activities and decisions. This update service is part of EPA’s continuing effort to improve public access to federal pesticide information. For general questions about pesticides and pesticide poisoning prevention, contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), by email at npic@ace.orst.edu or, by visiting http://npic.orst.edu. For information about ongoing activities in the Office of Pesticide Programs, visit our homepage at: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Celebrate National Agriculture Week with NMDA

Celebrate National Agriculture Week with NMDA For Immediate Release: Contact: Shelby Herrera 575-646-3007 office (LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – In celebration of National Agriculture Week, March 20-24, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is inviting all New Mexico residents to celebrate with them. On March 21, National Agriculture Day will be celebrated across America for the 44th year. Here in New Mexico, New Mexico Department of Agriculture is asking you to celebrate with us for the whole week as we see how New Mexico’s agriculture is spreading from “Local to Global.” We want to recognize the important contributions farmers and ranchers make to our dinner plates and communities all over the world. It's a time to celebrate the abundance that agriculture provides for us, 365 days a year. “New Mexico agriculture not only provides for our local communities, we now reach over 44 countries who enjoy New Mexico products every day,” Jeff Witte, the New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, said. “We truly have much to celebrate,” he added. AgriCulture in our state is as diverse as our people. Our rich agricultural history began with corn, which was harvested in New Mexico by 4000 B.C. Squash and beans were being harvested by 3000 B.C. Today, the agricultural industry in New Mexico has put our state on the map, globally! New Mexico food products are used by several national fast food chains. Our state also ranks ninth in total milk production and fourth in total cheese production, nationally. During the celebration of Ag Day/Week we hope to tell the story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is still a part of ALL of us. This is very evident in New Mexico, with 98% of our state’s farms and ranches being family owned, many handed down through multiple generations. Join New Mexico Department of Agriculture as we tell our story through photos, facts and stories shared through our social media sites, and by sharing your agricultural experiences using #LocaltoGlobal and #NMAgWeek. Follow along with us throughout the week by following us on Twitter at NMDeptAg and like our Facebook by searching NMDepartmentofAg. To celebrate this week, New Mexico Department of Agriculture encourages every New Mexican and American to: • Enjoy locally grown products. • Visit a farmers market in your community. • Understand how our food and fiber products are produced. • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products for each of us. • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy. • Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry. Most importantly, THANK our local producers for their contributions to our tables and local communities. So fill your glass with some of the highest-quality milk produced in the nation, and if you’re of age, raise a glass of New Mexico’s award-winning wine or beer in a toast to the people who produce the things we love to eat and drink.


Eddy County Ag News: BEEF QUAILITY ASSURANCE MEETING: DR. Wenzel NMSU Extension veterinarian Will be conducting a BQA class this thursday at 3:00 pm in the Extension Office. I learn something n...


DR. Wenzel NMSU Extension veterinarian Will be conducting a BQA class this thursday at 3:00 pm in the Extension Office. I learn something new every time Dr. Wenzel does a program. Call and let us know you are coming. Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry. BQA programs have evolved to include best practices around good record keeping and protecting herd health, which can result in more profits for producers. When better quality cows leave the farm and reach the market place, the producer, packer, and consumer all benefit. When better quality beef reaches the supermarket, consumers are more confident in the beef they are buying, and this increases beef consumption. The efforts of BQA across the nation have been instrumental in recent successes that continue to re-build and sustain beef demand. Through BQA programs, producers recognize the economic value of committing to quality beef production at every level - not just at the feedlot or packing plant, but within every segment of the cattle industry. The guiding principles of BQA are based on these core beliefs: WE BELIEVE production practices affect consumer acceptance of beef. WE BELIEVE the BQA Program has and must continue to empower beef producers to improve the safety and wholesomeness of beef. WE BELIEVE these fundamental principles are the fabric of the BQA Program. Empowering people…because producers can make a difference. Taking responsibility…because it’s our job, not someone else’s. Working together…because product safety and wholesomeness is everyone’s business.