Soil Health

        Soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.  As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important conservation endeavors of our time.  

        A growing number of America’s farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the health and function of their soil.  The preceding statements are from NRCS but are supported by the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts. 

        House Bill 204 addressing soil health in New Mexico was introduced, passed and became law in the 54th Legislature.  The bill is attached below for your information.

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On behalf of the Soil Health Institute and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, please find the attached courtesy copy of "Impact of 2018 Farm Bill Provisions on Soil Health." This report provides a comprehensive review of each new provision and its role in advancing soil health, which is the foundation for regenerative and sustainable agriculture.

Link to the report:   https://soilhealthinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Impact-of-2018-Farm-Bill-Provisions-on-Soil-Health.pdf.

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National NRCS CIG Soil Health On-Farm Field Trials and Demos

        The NRCS National CIG Grant proposal was developed for the Southern High Plains Portions of Curry and Roosevelt Counties (Central Curry and Roosevelt SWCDs).  The purpose is to implement then conduct evaluations and host demonstrations showing the benefits of soil health sustaining agricultural management practices. The NRCS is reviewing the 5-year, $3.3M proposal and we hope to receive acceptance notification by early October 2019.  Partners included in performance of the proposal are Central Curry SWCD, Roosevelt SWCD, NMACD, Quivira Coalition, NMSU Agricultural Sciences Center at Clovis, and New Mexico State University.

New Mexico Healthy Soil Act

        NMDA is accepting grant proposals for the New Mexico Healthy Soil Program. Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been notified and are encouraged to apply.  The NMACD stands ready to support Districts and eligible entities in development of proposals.  Proposals are encouraged from farmers, ranchers and other groups, but must be signed off on by an eligible entity, such as a District.  The deadline has been extended to November 6th, but for the most up-to-date information on this grant, please click on this link to access the NMDA web site:  Healthy Soil Project Proposals -- APPLY NOW

NRCS-NM -Quivira Coalition Soil Health Grant

        Quivira Coalition has been awarded a Soil Health CIG Grant by NRCS-NM.  NMACD will provide support to Quivira Coalition in the delivery and follow-up of six producer-led, 1-day, on-farm, soil health workshops to be hosted in each of the 6 New Mexico SWCD regions, as well as other Soil Health training and outreach activities.

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NMACD Admin,
Jul 12, 2019, 11:54 AM