Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]

Logan receives grant for sewer project

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun A $3.9 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture will enable Phase II of the Village of Logan sewer project to get started immediately. Terry Brunner, State Director, USDA presented the grant March 3 to Logan Village Council. Logan City Manager Larry Wallin said total cost of […]

USDA slates $13.9 million for Tucumcari, Logan

Chelle Delaney and Thomas Garcia Tucumcari and Logan are slated to receive $13.5 million in USDA funds from the federal stimulus package, according to an annoucement this week from the USDA. Tucumcari will receive notice that they’re up for $8 million and the the Village of Logan will receive $5.9 for their respective wastewater projects, […]

Delegation urges USDA to expedite ‘split-state’ status

By QCS Staff New Mexico’s Congressional delegation is urging the Bush administration to expedite an approval of New Mexico’s application for “split-state” status for bovine tuberculosis (TB), according to a press release. Ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico last week were placed under mandatory movement restrictions and testing requirements after a single […]

USDA downgrades New Mexico bovine TB status

Chelle Delaney New Mexico officially lost its bovine tuberculosis free status on Thursday. The action means that certain cattle will have to have more testing for bovine TB before being exported from the state. The USDA downgraded New Mexico to “modified accredited advanced” status for bovine TB. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service […]

Landowners sought for USDA habitat program

By QCS Staff New Mexico landowners with property that will benefit from wildlife habitat improvements are being encouraged by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to visit NRCS’s Tucumcari Field Office, according to a press release. The agency is beginning the process of signing up interested landowners in anticipation of future funding.

Local groups, volunteer honored with statewide award

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Special to the QCS Three Tucumcari based organizations and Relissa Nials were recipients of USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) statewide Earth Team Volunteer awards on Wednesday in Albuquerque. The awards were presented by NRCS state conservationist, Dennis Alexander, to the Canadian River Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), El Llano Estacado Resource Conservation & Development […]

USDA applications for EQIP program sought

By QCS Staff The USDA-New Mexico Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that individuals who wish to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) during FY2008 should submit their applications at the very earliest time possible, according to a news release. NRCS New Mexico will be grouping the applications and beginning to process these […]

Hunger disappears from UDSA’s vocabulary?

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving? Most Americans will. But those who do celebrate should, perhaps, be conscious that not all Americans have reason to celebrate. For example, the “homeless” – people without a roof over their heads. In cities throughout the country there seem to be a great number […]

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 […]