Conservation program policies modified

CNJ staff 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, according […]

USDA drought aid offers producers some relief

By QCC Staff By QCS Staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded eligibility in six eastern New Mexico counties for livestock producers to qualify for drought aid under a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative to open Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage, according to an announcement by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici.   The USDA announcement […]

Area goats combatting salt cedar

LOGAN – About 1,000 goats have been feasting on salt cedar along Ute Creek for the past five months. Like a swarm of locusts, they devour up to 10 acres of invasive trees everyday. “They’re ravenous eaters,” said Kelly Boney, a rancher and goat herder from San Jon. “We expect them to raze about 2,500 […]