New Mexico Cattle Growers Association

2024 Mid-Year Meeting AIM Internship
New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) Allied Industry Committee will be hosting college interns at the upcoming 2024 NMCGA Mid-Year Meeting in Ruidoso, NM.  “The Allied Industry Mentorship program allows students to build relationships with industry partners and cattlemen across the state,” said President Bronson Corn, Roswell.  “We know, as a young person, it can be hard to know what career field you may want to be in. We hope to give students a chance to learn from multiple sectors of the agriculture industry through one single internship.” Interns will have the opportunity to shadow NMCGA Leadership and Allied Industry Partners.  Having an internship gives student an experience in the career field they want to pursue, as well as giving them the face-to-face time with peers and industry leaders. Looking back on her internship, 2023 Joint Stockmen Convention AIM intern Rayleigh Carter said, "My time serving as an AIM intern has already proven to be beneficial during my academic and professional pursuits. I will always be grateful for the industry leaders and issues I was presented with during the internship."

NMCGA is working with Allied Industry Partners on this program that will offer businesses the opportunity to bring new ideas and energy into the workplace, discover talent, and potentially build a pipeline for future full-time employees.  There are over 15 different agriculture related sectors represented in the trade show.  “We hope this program will continue to give students a useful experience and connect them with future employers,” stated Corn.

Applications are due May 1, 2024.
For further information, please contact the NMCGA office at (505) 247-0584.
2024 Allied Industries Mentorship Application.pdf


2023 Joint Stockmen's Convention AIM Interns

Meet the 2023 AIM Interns that were an integral part of the 2023 Joint Stockmen's Convention!
(L-R) Mercedes Hazen, Avery Feldman, Rayleigh Carter.


2024 NMCGA YCLC Graduate Scholarship

A scholarship of $1,000 is being provided by the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association for the 2024-2025 school year.

Scholarship will be awarded at Mid-Year Meeting June 9-11, 2024, in Ruidoso, NM.
Application must be complete and postmarked by May 1, 2024 to:
New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association
Attention:  Graduate Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 850
Moriarty, NM 87035

Apply Here!

Heritage Buckle Contest

New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association extends a congratulations to all of last year’s countywide winners and is also proud to announce the opening of their fourth annual Heritage Contest. The contest aims to tell the stories of New Mexico’s youth involved in agriculture and highlights the importance of generational ties to land and livestock.

“Our youth hold the keys to the future of agricultural,” says Amanda Culbertson, NMCGA Promotions and Marketing Committee Chairman. “Our youth are great inventors and have a vested interest in our industry. NMCGA wants to help tell their stories and new ideas for our ranching way of life.  We believe the Heritage contest showcases our diverse industry and the families who make their livings at the end of the dirt road.”

Youth, ages 9 to 15 years, in all 33 counties of New Mexico are eligible to apply, but previous winners will not be selected to receive honors. Entries require a 200 to 500 word essay response to the prompt: “What new tradition would you like to see implemented in today’s agriculture?” Essay submission deadline is May 7, 2024.

NMCGA board members, county fair board members, and award sponsors will collaborate in deciding the final winners from each county. Winners will receive a belt buckle and a one year junior membership to NMCGA. All county winners will then be automatically advanced to the Statewide Heritage Contest, where their essay submissions could earn them a $1,000 scholarship funded through the NMCGA Promotions and Marketing Committee. The state wide winner and their family will be awarded and recognized as special guests during the 2024 Joint Stockmen’s Convention which will be held in December.

2024 Heritage Buckle Entry Form

 Past State Winners


(L-R) McKennon Stephenson, 2023 Roosevelt County Winner sponsored by Pat and Cindy Boone and NMCGA President Loren Patterson


(L-R) David and Macklee Cain, 2022 Torrance County winner, sponsored by Nolberto & Carlene Hernandez.

(L-R) David and Macklee Cain, 2022 Torrance County winner, sponsored by Nolberto & Carlene Hernandez.








(L-R): Trey, Kyleigh, Sheila and McKennon Stephenson. Kyleigh was the 2021 Roosevelt County winner, sponsored by Pat & Cindy Boone.