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Date: 05/22/2020

Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small will provide an update from the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee during a webinar for beef producers hosted by New Mexico State University next week.

U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small will provide an update from the House Agriculture Committee during the second session of the “Navigating COVID-19 for New Mexico Beef Producers” webinar hosted by New Mexico State University on Thursday, May 28.

The second session of the “Navigating COVID-19 for New Mexico Beef Producers” webinar, presented via Zoom by NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28. Register for the webinar at nmbeef.nmsu.edu.

“We are looking forward to hearing from a range of speakers for both legislative and industry updates in this quickly evolving environment. We are very excited that Rep. Torres Small was able to carve some time out to update on the House Ag Committee’s activities,” said Craig Gifford, NMSU Extension beef cattle specialist.

The webinar is the second in the series of monthly meetings designed to provide up-to-date information to agricultural producers.

“The first of this series provided some good information regarding the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on the cattle industry,” Gifford said. “We plan to have these monthly webinars to provide the valuable information to our cattle producers so they can make informed decisions.”

Also on the program will be Dave DuBois, Stan Bevers and Justin Gleghorn.

DuBois, NMSU climatologist, will provide an up-to-date monsoon outlook.

“Some of our areas in the state are already facing dry conditions and are trying to decide what to do with calves when the forage is running out and the market is volatile,” Gifford said. “Hopefully Dr. DuBois will have some good news for us with a favorable monsoon outlook.”

Bevers will provide a beef cattle industry update and fall management considerations. The retired Texas A&M University agriculture economist is currently a practitioner in ranch economics at the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.

“Dr. Bevers is one of the premier ranch economists in the country and has extensive experience with ranching operations from Texas and New Mexico to Montana,” Gifford added.

Gleghorn, of Cactus Feeders, will provide an update on the challenges the feeder industry is facing.

“Many of our calves sold in New Mexico end up at feedyards in the Panhandle region. Justin Gleghorn will highlight some of effects COVID-19 has had on the feeder industry, as well as provide considerations for retaining ownership and utilizing custom feeder services,” Gifford said.

Writer: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

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