Recent News

Training Seminars were recently held in partnership with USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service.  One was held in each of the six Regions, on the 2018 Farm Bill/Local Work Group.  Two each were held in April (Cuba and Hernandez), in May (Artesia and Clovis), and in June (TorC at Elephant Butte and Las Vegas).

NMACD applied for and received a Thornburg Grant to hold a series of training seminars to inform conservation organizations and landowners of the 2018 Farm Bill Title II Conservation Provisions and how to provide input at the state and local level on implementation.  The seminar encouraged understanding of how to provide input to USDA to tailor the Farm Bill to New Mexico’s and local conservation needs through participation in Local Work Groups.  Opportunity was provided to review legislation recently passed in New Mexico.

Three public meetings will be held with the dates to be announced in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces to provide further information regarding the USDA Farm Bill Programs and opportunities for them to participate in Farm Bill Programs.

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2018 NMACD Final Legislative Report is attached at the bottom of this page.

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2018 - DISTRICT SUPERVISOR LENGTH OF SERVICE AWARDS

(Please click on file at the bottom of this page.)

2019 Awards will be given during the NMACD Annual Conference                     scheduled to be held this year in Region 4 in Raton, NM.

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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.  

For more details, go to Education and Training/Envirothon on our website.

CONGRATULATIONS HOT SPRINGS SCAT CATS!!!

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NMACD Admin,
Apr 22, 2019, 7:20 AM