FSA extending grazing period

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, [...]

Emergency grazing authorized

Emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acreage has been authorized for Curry County through Sept. 30 because of drought conditions, according to a news release from the U.S. Farm Service Agency. Participants must leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP fields ungrazed for wildlife. According to the release, CRP participants in [...]

County gets disaster declaration

PNT Staff Report The U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 30 declared 31 New Mexico counties as disaster areas including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties because of persisting drought conditions, according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help [...]

FSA county committee nominations beginning

PNT Staff Report Farmer and rancher candidate nominations begin today for local Farm Service Agency county committees, according to a news release. The nomination period continues through Aug. 1, and elections take place this fall. “I encourage all producers to participate in the county committee election process by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” [...]

County News, Briefs

Local Briefs Free radon tests available The New Mexico Environment Department is offering free residential radon test kits, while supplies last, during its January campaign against indoor radon. According to a press release from NMED, radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in most soils. It is linked to lung cancer when individuals are [...]

Portales and Clovis Farm Service Agency offices could merge

By Marlena Hartz A federal initiative to modernize the Farm Service Agency could lead to a merger of the Portales and Clovis offices. The agencies serve as federal program liaisons for thousands of local ranchers and farmers. According to an FSA press release, the consolidation is a result of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns initiative to [...]