Udall Secures Strong Investments For New Mexico In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

“This bipartisan bill – which makes key investments to benefit and strengthen New Mexico, Indian Country, and the entire nation – is a great example of why the difficult work of the appropriations process is worth it. The bill provides strong resources to protect our public lands and the thriving outdoor economy they fuel, as well as funding key programs for Native and rural communities.

Udall To Attend Farm Bill Celebration In Los Luceros, Visit Successful Tech Transfer Facilities In Los Alamos And Address The Santa Fe Rotary Club

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will join U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), New Mexico acequia and land grant leaders, and conservation districts at Los Luceros Historic Ranch to celebrate the 2018 Farm Bill and the signing of a U.S. Forest Service guidance document for working with acequias.

Final Farm Bill Includes Luján’s Priorities for Land Grants and Acequias

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Final Farm Bill Includes Luján’s Priorities for Land Grants and Acequias

Agreed-upon package also includes support for the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program and language that strengthens the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, both programs championed by the Congressman

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced that the Conference Report for H.R. 2, the final Farm Bill that will be voted on in the House, includes several of his priorities.

NM Delegation Urges Agriculture Committees to Include Farm Bill Provisions Helping Acequias and Land Grants Access Federal Resources

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NM Delegation Urges Agriculture Committees to Include Farm Bill Provisions Helping Acequias and Land Grants Access Federal Resources

Letter supports language in Farm Bill that would make New Mexico’s acequias and land grants eligible for federal conservation programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lújan are urging the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to maintain a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill to make acequias eligible for federal resources through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

Luján Requests Hearing on Legislation to Recognize Traditional Land Uses in New Mexico

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Luján Requests Hearing on Legislation to Recognize Traditional Land Uses in New Mexico

[Washington, D.C.] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) appeared before the House Committee on Natural Resources to call for action on his Land Grant and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act, which would provide greater consultation between the federal government and New Mexico’s land grants and acequias. Luján’s legislation, introduced in July 2018, would for the first time recognize the traditional uses of land grants and acequias’ natural resources in New Mexico. 

Farmers Market Opens For Business

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The first Española Valley Farmers Market of the 2016 growing season was held June 13 on Railroad Avenue in Espanola. The Farmers Market is held every Monday from now until late October and features local products from throughout the valley. Demonstrations on how to cook with a traditional horno oven will also occur…

Op Ed: Acequias Left High & Dry By Governor Vetoes

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Each year, the local legislators of the community fund individual acequia projects.  Projects that are dire.  Projects that cannot receive funding from other sources.  Projects that would not be competitive for other water infrastructure money.  Many acequias rely on legislative capital outlay resources to operate; for new presas and pipes, for diversions and repairs.
This year ALL of that acequia money, appropriated by legislators to individual acequias, was vetoed by the Governor.