Rick Stevenson, Eric Ness and Sam Knipp at the Farm Bureau PR Conference, San Diego, 2006
Former N.M. Farm & Livestock Bureau Staffer Ness Passes
Sante Fe--Erik Leroy Ness, director of communications for New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau for more than 30 years, passed away on Saturday, May 12. Erik was a talented, complex and compassionate communicator on behalf of agriculture, Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau members.
He was a perennial winner of multiple public relations awards from the American Farm Bureau Federation. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Agricultural Relations Council. Erik’s work for New Mexico farmers and ranchers was appreciated throughout the state and admired by his fellow public relations colleagues from across the country. Erik had been a contributor to AFBF’s weekly Focus on Agriculture commentary series. Details about services for Erik have not been announced.