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2018 - NMACD OUTSTANDING CONSERVATIONIST AWARD

Hector Mendoza, sponsored by the Caballo district

His lifetime dedication to farming and ag production conservation in the Upper Hatch Valley has earned Hector Mendoza the Region 3 and NMACD 2018 Outstanding Conservationist AWARD!

Hector has served on the Caballo SWCD board for 33 years! 

He is a very accomplished farmer, primarily raising chile, cotton, pecans and alfalfa.  He is known throughout the valley for his quality hay production and has been very successful in his cotton and pecan production.

Mr. Mendoza is very diligent in conservation practices, utilizing appropriate integrated nutrient management; conversion from earthen to concrete lined ditches and irrigation pipelines and laser leveling to further irrigation efficiency. He has a steady farm-to-garden market for his chile and was part of the original efforts to trademark Hatch Valley Chile. 

Mr. Mendoza is active in his community and ag organizations, the New Mexico Cotton Growers; Pecan Growers and Chile Growers. 

2018 – NMACD OUTSTANDING LAND STEWARDSHIP AWARD

Holcomb Family Ranch LLC, sponsored by the Otero district

The Holcomb Family has been involved in agriculture for 77 years.  Judyann Holcomb Medeiros; Rosemary Holcomb and Omer Holcomb are now the Holcomb Family Ranch, LLC.  They’ve been proactive in upgrading their cow/calf operation by improving their pasture management, herd management, facilities, and equipment.  The family has restored native grasslands to a more historical ecological state by eradicating noxious and invasive species, clearing and thinning brush species to increase wildlife habitat, addressing any soil erosion concerns that arise.  Featured below is Judyann accepting the award for her family.

 

They are current members of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, Otero Cowbelles, Farm Bureau, Otero County Cattleman’s Association, and Lincoln National Forest Allotment Owners Association.  The Holcomb family ranch LLC members are active in the Agricultural community by contributing to the success of Otero County Fair livestock exhibitors, support 4-H, and the Otero County Fair & Rodeo Association.

The Holcomb Family Ranch LLC has hosted an educational tour for the Native Plant Society and general public to showcase the conservation practices and range management on their ranch.  They continue to educate themselves and others to provide the best science and sound management practices proving to be 

OUTSTANDING LAND STEWARDS!

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NEW MEXICO HOT SPRINGS SCAT CATS PLACE 4TH IN 2018 NATIONAL 

ENVIROTHON COMPETITION AT IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY IN 

POCATELLO, IDAHO.  

CONGRATULATIONS HOT SPRINGS SCAT CATS!!!