U.S. Department of Agriculture: New Mexico Conservation FundingDeadline: May 31, 2019
New Mexico Conservation Funding will support the efforts of natural resource conservation partners and promote public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill activities including, but not limited to, conducting conservation outreach workshops and training that will help educate New Mexico’s agricultural community, private landowners, conservation organizations, cooperating agencies, acequias, land grants, and general citizenry. Proposals must be for projects based in New Mexico and focus on Farm Bill conservation.
Conservation partners are invited to apply for the following opportunities:
- Farm Bill Outreach Workshops: Promote public awareness of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, participants, women, agricultural producers, veterans, minority and limited resource landowners, beginning farmers, and historically underserved agricultural producers, producers in urban areas, acequias, and land grants.
- Technical Workshops and/or Field Days on Soil Health Strategies, Native Plant Community Adoption, and/or Pollinator Habitat: Educate New Mexico agricultural producers who are following or considering soil health improvement strategies in cropping and/or incorporation of native plant communities in rangeland systems. Opportunities will provide education on topics including, but not limited to, soil health factors in rangeland and cropland, plant establishment, management techniques, details regarding rotational grazing and stockpiling, proper soil health conditions in cropland and rangelands, wildlife habitat benefits from improved soil health, and native plant community adoption.
- Organic and Specialty Crop Workshops: Educate New Mexico agricultural producers, who are following or considering the use of organics, or considering transitioning to organic cropping systems for vegetables, fruits, specialty crops, produce, berries, and non-traditional agricultural production efforts in New Mexico. Examples include: Promotion and expansion of field-to-market efforts; voluntary landowner supported efforts to educate producers on how to implement organic farming techniques and improve understanding of organic labeling, marketing, and organic production benefits; and encourage technical assistance, education, research, technology transfer, and public awareness of economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural production techniques.
Amount: Approximately $70,000 is available to award up to five grants or cooperative agreements. Project periods will be 1-3 years in duration.
Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian Tribes; state or local units of government; community organizations; colleges/universities; nongovernmental organization; acequias; land grants; or non-profit organization capable of providing support in the State of New Mexico.