NMCGA Presidents Letter – 11/10

Well, the people have spoken … at least the ones that voted. I pray that all people of the agricultural community did vote. Whatever the outcome of the election, it is now time to roll up our sleeves and work with the elected.

Let our story be known. Visit with your legislators. Let them put a face to your name. We should now have an idea of how we should approach the various concerns affecting our industry and bring these to the annual Stockmen’s Convention in Albuquerque. Mark December 2-5 on your calendar to be there. We need to work on the policy of the Association to guide us in Santa Fe. I picked the quote at the start of this November letter to remind us of the multitude of Veterans, living and gone, who served our country in the military to defend and protect our country and constitution from being destroyed. Papa fought with the Marines in the south Pacific during World War II. I lost my last uncle this August, who was a veteran of the Korean war. Looking around at the attendees of the funeral reminded me that there are not many left of those that gave their all back then. I know, if they were like my dad and uncles, that they gave their families a love of country and a feeling of responsibility to its welfare. To watch a wife or the oldest living son receive the folded stars and stripes and hear the words “From a grateful nation” truly puts in perspective what our veterans gave. So, if you know a veteran, you might shake his hand and give him a great big “Thank you” this Veterans Day. We may need to call on him to save this nation again. The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association has been in constant court cases for several years fighting for our members on numerous fronts. Our Litigation fund has been exhausted to the point that the bottom of the barrel can be seen. If any member can see fit to donate to the fund or come up with some fundraising idea, it would be especially grateful. We must remain proactive to survive in these times. I know we have a great convention planned and we need all to be there. It is our livelihood at stake. See you in December.

May God Bless Us All,
Bert Ancell

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
– Samuel Adams

What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, Whose people He has chosen for His own.”
– Psalm 33:12 NLT