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"Conservation is a state of
harmony between men and land."
--Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
“Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food,” a statewide conference on opportunities in agriculture, food products and food industries, will be held November 9-10, 2016 in Las Cruces. It is sponsored by High Desert Discovery District (HD3N; a high technology start-up accelerator), the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and New Mexico State University (NMSU). Think of it as a "Shark Tank" for agriculture and food start-ups. Learn more here.
Coronado's Placitas Open Space project was awarded a second year of funding by the SWCC! This year, project volunteers will focus on gully erosion containment.
The annual meeting of the NM Association of Conservation Districts will take place October 24-26, 2016 in Farmington. This year's meeting will focus on the health of New Mexico's watersheds.
"Managing the River to Failure: Is There a Better Way?" The 17th Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly Meeting will be held Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UNM Dane Smith Hall, Rm 125. The meeting will focus on balancing water use with renewable supply. Add your voice to the discussion! Details available here.
Batty for bats
At the October 2016 board meeting, Coronado's Board of Supervisors voted to donate $500 to the NM Bat Working Group to further research on White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is decimating the bat population in New Mexico and across the country. The disease has spread at an alarming rate and millions of bats have died from it since 2008. Learn more about efforts to save the bats here.
Learn about native plants in the Placitas Open Space on Saturday, October 15. A native plant hike will be led by local plant expert Michael Crofoot. The hike is sponsored by Las Placitas Association. The 2-hour hike will start at 8: 45 a.m. Go to the westernmost gate of the BLM, off Cloud View Court in Sundance Mesa, and follow the gravel road to the Open Space gate, where the group will meet. For more information, call Las Placitas Association at 771-8174.
The 22nd Annual Southwestern Noxious/Invasive Weed Short Course will be held July 19-21, 2016 in Farmington. Learn from local and national experts about the ecology and management of plants that threaten the southwestern U.S. Includes a half-day plant identification field trip to Durango. The agenda and registration are here.
Forget the dump run and recycle instead! Coronado's Wood Chipper Day is coming up Saturday, June 25.
Be firewise! Prune your yard of dry branches, slash and dead wood. Bring branches to the Placitas Community Library, 8:30-1:30.
The next NM Soil and Water Conservation Commission (SWCC) meeting will be held Friday, June 3, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at the NM Department of Agriculture building, 3190 S. Espinosa St., Las Cruces. The public is welcome to attend and provide input. The draft agenda is here. The SWCC is the state entity that provides guidance and policy direction to local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Are you part of the new generation of farmers, ranchers and food/fiber producers? The AgriFuture Educational Institute is for you! It will be held May 16-18, 2016 in Las Cruces and feature tours of food & agricultural companies, educational speakers, breakout sessions, dinner with mentors from New Mexico's agriculture community, networking opportunities and much more! The conference is open to anyone interested in being a part of the future of agriculture. Veterans of the armed forces and those 18 - 40 years old are strongly encouraged to attend. Information and registration are here.
National Soil and Water Stewardship Week is April 24-May 1, 2016.This National Association of Conservation Districts initiative aims to educate citizens about the need to care for our natural resources. Learn more about the week and what stewardship means here.
Land management workshops for farmers and ranchers
Learn how to work with nature to increase your land's productivity and resilience in good times and bad. A series of three 2-day workshops sponsored by Holistic Management International will be held in Tucumcari, April 1-2, 15-16 and 29-30. Topics include effective ranch management, ecosystem health, tracking land productivity, managing grazing and animal impact, and much more. Register online here.
State's Noxious Weed List being updated
The rapid expansion of noxious weeds and invasive plants affects millions of acres of land in our state. The NM Dept. of Agriculture is accepting petitions to add plants to the updated 2016 list until April 29. The last update was in 2009. Forms and more information here.
"The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth", an acclaimed documentary film by Holistic Management International, will be shown April 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at a Coronado SWCD event in Bernalillo to celebrate National Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Features leading scientists and conservationists and stunning footage of holistically managed landscapes, revealing why "protecting the first millimeter of soil is critical to our collective future." Free--plus popcorn and snacks! Details are here.
Funds available for New Mexico growers
The NM Department of Agriculture invites New Mexicans to apply for funding for specialty crops and agricultural development and promotion. Informational workshops on how to apply will be held March 18 in Santa Fe and March 22 in Las Cruces. More information here.
A resilient food and agricultural system to be focus of upcoming regional meetings
Your insights are needed! Between January 13th and March 9th, 2016, New Mexico First and New Mexico State University County Extension Service will hold a series of regional meetings with diverse agriculture stakeholders to identify industry trends, challenges and solutions. You can register via the New Mexico First website.
New Mexico Water Dialogue 22nd Annual Statewide Meeting to be held January 7, 2016
How can regional water plans be effectively developed and implemented? How can the process be strengthened to better represent the values and concerns of each region's people? These and other critical issues will be discussed at the meeting, to be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. More information, the agenda and registration are here.