immersion in our organization and
what we stand for. They can get to
know each other and learn to really
work together, with everyone knowing
what they are doing. That allows
them to lead our organization in the
best way possible.
WR What is one of NMCGA’s greatest
CC Despite all the pressure we’ve had
over 30 years from environmental
groups, we are still here and healthy.
If we hadn’t taken a strong stance
we would have been driven from our
land. We’ve been battle scarred, but
we are still here and we are still working
everyday to meet new challenges,
and most importantly, keep our people
Current and Past Presidents helped celebrate 100 years of New Mexico Cattle
Growers’ Association. (l to r) Bill Sauble, Rex Wilson, Bert Ancell, Bebo Lee,
Wesley Grau, Jose Varela Lopez and Alisa Ogden.
on the land.
WR What is something NMCGA is
looking forward to accomplishing?
CC From a staff perspective, we need
to establish a succession plan. I’ve
been here a long time, so it’s time to
start thinking about who is going to
come in behind me. How do you create
a succession plan for an organization
that is vital to the well-being of
our industry? We have members from
19 other states, along with our New
Mexico cattle growers, so we have a
lot of people invested in us, and we
need to make sure we have the right
staff to continue serving our
WR What is something
unique NMCGA is doing?
CC 20 years ago we started
putting together a ‘Raising
Ranchers’ program. We want
to pair young people who
want to make a living on
the land, with older people
who have land with no successional
them. We need to keep
our industry vital by helping
these young people be successful,
and keeping our land
in agriculture. We need them in our
industry. We are working on a beginning
farmers and ranchers grant to
help secure funding to really move
forward with this program.
WR What advice would you have
for someone thinking about joining
CC We have built a strong reputation
in legislative circles, and no one has the
time to do that on their own and be
there the entire time they are in session.
But we have three people there every
day, working on issues facing our community.
We stand up for private property
rights. If you have an issue and we
can help you, we will. We have a reputation
for doing the work, and we do it
well, but we need the fi nancial support
of our people in order to do that.
WR encourages producers to have a voice
by being active and involved in an association
that aligns with your needs and ideals.
NMCGA members choose a variety
of ways to speak their minds. Ernie
Torrez, then NMCGA Northwest
Vice President, spoke at a rally
against more wilderness.
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