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San Francisco Soil & Water
Conservation District

Promoting stewardship of natural resources in southern Catron County, New Mexico

We provide technical and financial assistance to the citizens of our district for soil improvement, erosion and floodwater control, removal of invasive species, and other conservation efforts.

What's New

Dry Creek Juniper Restoration Project

The Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest proposes to treat one-seed juniper (Juniperus monosperma) and mesquite trees (Prosopis spp.) on approximately 4,300 acres of National Forest Lands with thinning treatments and prescribed fire. The project is approximately 2.5 miles south of Glenwood, New Mexico and is located in Catron County in T. 12 S., R. 19 W., Sections 17-21, 28-33; T. 12 S., R. 20 W., Sections 13, 24-25, 36. Private land borders the south and west sides of the project area.

Click the button below for more details, including a map of the prescribed area.

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Bipartisan Legislation Submitted to Address Wildfires

A bipartisan group of legislators from California and Montana have introduced The Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act.  You can read a summary of the bill here and see the full text by clicking the button below.

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Landscape Restoration Grants are Available - Deadline August 31st

Grants are available for Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) projects that address one or more landscape objectives including water quality and watershed function, wildfire risk reduction, fish and wildlife habitat improvement, forest health improvement, and invasive species mitigation.

Anyone with an eligible project is encouraged to meet with their local NM District Forester as soon as possible to jointly develop a competitive proposal and budget. You can find contact information at State Forestry’s website: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/contact.html.
The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.

All related documents may be found at  http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/RFPs/RFPMain.html

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USDA to Invest up to $360 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has invited potential conservation partners to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS will award up to $360 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.

Proposals for RCPP will be accepted through the RCPP portal and are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 4, 2020

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NMDA accepting Healthy Soil Program grant applications

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for its Healthy Soil Program, which was created in the 2019 Healthy Soil Act. The act’s purpose is to promote and support farming and ranching systems and other forms of land management that increase soil organic matter, aggregate stability, microbiology and water retention to improve the state’s soil health, yield and profitability. New Mexico farmers and ranchers interested in applying must do so by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 through their local Soil & Water Conservation District.

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SFSWCD Comments re: Interstate Stream Commission Suspension of Environmental Review Process for New Mexico CAP Entity

It was apparent from listening to the June 18, 2020 deliberations and vote of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) that many of the Commissioners either lack a basic understanding of the NEPA process or acted with bias based on the New Mexico Governor’s position of terminating efforts to secure diversion of Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA) water for the citizens of Southwestern New Mexico. It should be noted that the ISC as a joint lead agency is also legally bound to the CEQ implementing regulations governing preparation of NEPA documents.

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Unsolicited Seeds from China

USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and State departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

USDA urges anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to immediately contact their State plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director. Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

If you have questions please call (844) 820-2234 or email [email protected]

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The Next Regular Board Meeting of the SFSWCD is Scheduled for September 7th

The next regular monthly meeting of the San Francisco SWCD board of supervisors is scheduled to be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 7th, 2020. If COVID-19 restrictions continue the meeting will be held virtually using Go To Meeting.

Agenda

New Mexico CAP Entity

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project (CAP) Entity is composed of 15 representatives of counties, municipalities, irrigation districts, and soil and water conservation districts in the four- county region of Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna in southwest New Mexico.

The entity was formed for the purpose of working with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission to support federal legislation securing an additional average of 14,000 acre-feet of water per year and up to $128 million to satisfy water supply needs in southwest New Mexico and/or provide a project or projects to access the additional water on the Gila and San Francisco rivers.

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Financial Assistance for Producers Impacted by the COVID-19 Epidemic

Corona Virus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
will provide $16 billion in financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have been affected by price declines and who are experiencing additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. USDA began accepting applications May 26, 2020 and will continue through August 28, 2020. Producers should apply through their local FSA office. A list of FSA offices is available here.

Other programs for Producers include the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Crop Insurance and Farm Loan flexibilities, Animal Mortality, and several more. Click the button below to see the full list along with a summary of each program.

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Elevate NM Agriculture

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture aims to connect consumers with New Mexico agriculture products. If you are a New Mexico producer/business that wishes to include your food, beverage or agricultural product and contact information on our online products-to-consumer database, please click the button below.

Once you submit your information, the NMDA staff will verify the submission, and once validated, it will be added to the list. Questions? Email [email protected]

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NMSU Extension publication focuses on direct sale of beef to customers

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an abrupt and dynamic change in how food reaches the consumer’s dinner table. Grocery store meat sections are frequently bare or offering very slim selections. Shoppers are sometimes left wondering how to replenish their family’s supply of this protein source. While the shelves are bare, ranchers and farmers are experiencing low prices for their livestock at the sale barn, as the supply chain is impacted by changes in the market.

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Wild and Scenic River Legislation

New Mexico senators Udall and Heinrich are proposing legislation to include parts of the Gila and San Francisco rivers and tributaries of the San Francisco River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The SFSWCD Board of Supervisors and the Council of Border Conservation Districts  oppose this legislation.

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Other Impacts from COVID-19 

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has closed their offices to the public until further notice. Offices remain open for business with staff working from home and may be reached by phone or email.

For further information on COVID-19 and associated official orders please visit https://www.newmexico.gov and https://cv.nmhealth.org. Here is a FAQ from NMDA and a Fact Sheet from FEMA.

Click the button below for further information on NMDA office closures and for important guidance for Producers.

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Livestock Risk Management Working Group

The LRM-WG is a newly formed organization with a producer approach to improving risk management tools. Through a grass-roots producer effort, this organization will seek to gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the current Risk Management Agency (RMA) insurance products available for livestock producers.

Producers are encouraged to take a survey designed to help LRM-WG gain a better understanding of producer experiences with risk management products.

LRM-WG appreciates the value of your time and is committed to utilizing this information to provide producers with better risk management tools. LRM-WG will use the collected information to inform the risk management community and RMA on potential improvements to current programs as well as potential new products to better serve the livestock industry. As you know, maintaining cash flow and economic stability in livestock agriculture is extremely challenging. Having insurance products which aid producers in managing financial risk is a common goal for producers, insurance providers and RMA.

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Water Data Initiative

In accordance with Section 3D of the Water Data Act (from 2019 House Bill 651), a Water Data Plan has been completed. The new plan identifies the goals, actions, targets and metrics of the Water Data Initiative for the next year. The plan and an infographic have been submitted to the Governor's office and appropriate legislative interim committees, as required by the Water Data Act statute. This plan will be updated annually.

The New Mexico Water Data Implementation Team is  counting on you to meet Goal # 4, Continue Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities. Help determine what some of the biggest needs for our water data are! The Team is looking for creative ways to do this in the coming months and will be reaching out again soon to pull ideas together for this effort!

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2020 AgriFuture is Postponed

This event has been postponed. Please check back for updates.

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