Dear Neighbors

We have just endured one of the worst storms in our memory.  Most I have talked to have said that they have seen more snow, colder temperatures, and higher winds, but never had they seen them all join together in one 36-hour storm. I know some suffered worse losses than others, and I pray we will all be able to withstand the damage and return to normal operations sooner rather than later.

If any of you have suffered substantial livestock losses, be sure to check in at your local FSA office and ask about their Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). The deadline is tight.

At this writing, our New Mexico State Legislature has completed their first week. Issues NMCGA will be working on include Workman’s Comp and landowner access gross receipts tax, just to name a couple. Our president-elect Tom Sidwell and Caren, Michelle, and Alicia are there in the middle of the fray. Thanks to them for their hard work. Navigating the waters of New Mexico politics can be a difficult task, but we do our dead level best to represent our members as best we can.

If you get a chance, come to Santa Fe for a day, and walk the halls with them. It’s an eye opening experience. Also, as always, a big thank you to our bill readers. Their work helps expedite and shorten some of the long hours that are needed to wade through the many pieces of legislation.

Don’t forget that Ag Feed in the Rotunda will be February16. Come help if you can, as we feed our legislators and their staff some good, fresh New Mexico grown and produced food. We fed over 900 last year. It’s quite an experience so come join in the fun!

Problems and issues seem to come out of the wood work every single day, but we remain vigilant and dedicated to the task of helping our members to face these issues and seek solutions. We appreciate each and every one of you. Come see us when you can, let us know if we can be of any assistance, and keep us in your prayers.

Until we meet again, take care, and God bless America !

Vaya Con Dios,

Pat Boone
     Psalm 23:4