Apr 06, 2015
Alisa Ogden made history by becoming the first female president of the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association (NMCGA) from 2010 to 2011, after serving in many different capacities with the group over the years. With her selection as the organization's 2014 Cattleman of the Year, Alisa's many contributions to the NMCGA have now been formally recognized.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is honoring Alisa and her award with a wall display in the Museum’s Central Corridor.
For the cattle grower from Loving, New Mexico, the NMCGA has been a lifetime commitment. Alisa started out as a member of the Junior Cattle Growers' Association, and from there has served the NMCGA in numerous capacities. She has also been an active member of the Cotton Council, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and its predecessors. Her commitment to the NMCGA continues in 2015, with her service as Vice Chairman of the group’s Resolution Committee.
Alisa received a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Colorado State University, and worked as an athletic trainer before returning to New Mexico to partner in her family’s ranching and farming enterprises. She is also active in her church and local community, often serving as treasurer or parliamentarian for various groups. But perhaps her biggest achievement was raising her son Cody as a single mom. He is currently a junior at the United States Naval Academy.
“Alisa is truly one of a kind,” said NMCGA President Jose Varela Lopez. “She is a natural leader, and has risen to a position in leadership position in everything she has tackled both within and outside of the NMCGA....We are proud to honor her as our Cattleman of the Year.”
The NMCGA has represented the beef industry in New Mexico and the West since 1914, and has members in all 33 of the state’s counties as well as some 14 other states. The Association participates in venues necessary to protect beef producers and private property rights including litigation, state and federal legislation, and regulatory affairs. Each year since 1952, the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association has honored one of its own for their selfless generosity to the Association, our industry, our families, our state, our region and our nation. The winner is nominated and selected by the Board of Directors, and the award is sponsored by Farm Credit of New Mexico and CO Bank. Visit or join the NMCGA online at: www.nmagriculture.org.