New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association

Website: https://nmagriculture.org/

Mission Statement

“To promote and protect the cattle industry in New Mexico by providing a unified voice on issues of economic importance to the New Mexico cattle industry.”

Summary

NMCGA is a membership organization for livestock producers that seeks to promote and protect the livestock industry in New Mexico and across the West. They have opposed public access to New Mexico’s waterways. The group fought against the establishment of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument, and has called on President Trump to eliminate it. The group also supports efforts to transfer federal public lands to the states.

Notable Activities & Statements on Public Lands Policy

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Worked to Reduce Public Access to New Mexico’s Streams.

In 2015, the New Mexico Senate Passed a Law Prohibiting the Public from Accessing Waterways that Bisect Private Plots. Senate Bill 226 “created ‘liability protection for landowners from recreational users of public water’ and prohibits the public from accessing waterways that bisect private plots. The legislation voided an order by former state Attorney General Gary King that made all New Mexico streams open to the public. [Rebecca Moss, “Ad accuses governor of privatizing streams to benefit donor,” Santa Fe New Mexican, 09/07/16]

  • The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Supported the Bill. “Perry said SB 226 protects landowners’ rights to the riverbanks surrounding waterways, as specified in their deeds. He worked with a number of groups, including the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association and the Realtors Association of New Mexico, to get the bill passed and signed into law, he said.” [Rebecca Moss, “Ad accuses governor of privatizing streams to benefit donor,” Santa Fe New Mexican, 09/07/16]

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Opposes the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Opposed the Creation of the the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument. “Before debate over the bill got very far, President Barack Obama in May created the nearly 500,000-acre Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument under the Antiquities Act. A 240,000-acre wilderness study area within the monument would still need congressional approval before it could become wilderness. Many applauded the president’s move, and wilderness groups said most area residents supported the monument. Ranchers with private land holdings and grazing leases within the monument felt betrayed. ‘The ranching community feels like they’ve been gutted in that area,’ Cowan said. ‘Generally, this kind of designation is a death knell for ranchers.’” [Staci Matlock, “50 years later, Wilderness Act divides ranchers, environmentalists,” Santa Fe New Mexican, 09/02/14]

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Urged President Trump to Eliminate OMDP. NMCGA urged “President Donald Trump to eliminate certain large-scale national monuments, including the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.” NMCGA was “seeking the elimination of the OMDP monument, but, if that doesn’t happen, they’d back a reduction in its size.” [“Cattle growers ask for Trump to scrap OMDP monument,” Las Cruces Sun-News, 04/13/17]

The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association Supports Transferring Federal Public Lands to the States.

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Urged the New Mexico State Government to Examine the Possibility of Taking Over Management of Some Federal Lands. NMCGA “wants the state to examine the possibility of transferring some federal lands to state management,” NMCGA Executive Director Caren Cowan said. “‘We always feel that management closer to home is the best management.’” [Staci Matlock, “Hundreds rally in Santa Fe in support of federal public lands,” Santa Fe New Mexican, 02/01/17]

Lobbying & Political Contributions

(New Mexico does not require disclosure of amounts paid by or to lobbyists)

Lobbyist Name Years employed

Caren Cowan 2013 – 2018

Jessica Ann Decker 2017 – 2018

Michelle Leigh Frost-Maynard 2013 – 2016, 2018

Randell Glen Major 2018

Mr. Jose Javier Varela Lopez 2013 – 2017

Tom J Sidwell 2016 – 2017

Ms. Alicia Briggs 2015 – 2016

Patrick Henry Boone IV 2014 – 2015

Mr. Zachary Del Riley 2013 – 2014

Mr. Rex A. Wilson 2014

Source: NM SOS vis NM Openness Project

https://opennessproject.com/organizations/new-mexico-cattle-growers-association–293/

Revenue & Expenditures

Revenue

2016: 448,023

Membership Dues: 219,646

Conventions/Meetings: 164,455

2015: 486,828

2014: 455,702

2013: 491,259

Source: NMCGA Form 990s 2014-16

 

Contributions to NMCGA by political candidates:

 

Jimmie C Hall $1,420.
Stuart Ingle $630.
Clinton Harden $225
Andrew “Andy” Nunez $175
Dona G. Irwin $100
Candie G Sweetser $35
Melinda Joy Russ $35
James E Smith $35
Brian S Colon $35
Ellen E. Wedum $25

Source: NM SOS via Openness Project

https://opennessproject.com/search/?term=cattle+growers&table_name=candidate&table_name=pac&table_name=contribution&table_name=expenditure&table_name=lobbyist&table_name=organization

Expenses

2016: 453,892

Salaries and Wages $138,884

Conferences/Meetings $91,171

2015: 442,857

2014: 435,264

2013: 458,802

Source: NMCGA Form 990s 2014-16