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NRCS Receives Funding for Ogallala Initiative



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United States Depart of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service
6200 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque NM 87109
Phone:  (505) 761-4400 

March 5, 2013

Michael Nuebeiser, (505) 761-4419 


NRCS seeks ag producer application for financial, technical assistance


ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO –Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico announced a second application period to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation practices, as part of the Ogallala Initiative.  All farmers and ranchers interested in participating in this initiative should sign-up by Friday, April 19, 2013 to be considered for funding.  The Ogallala Initiative aims to reduce the quantity of water removed from the Ogallala aquifer by implementing various conservation practices to decrease water use and by increasing delivery efficiency in New Mexico.

NRCS is committed to promoting recharge to the Ogallala Aquifer.  With the help of New Mexico’s private landowners, these objectives will be accomplished by improving cropping systems and conservation practices for improved irrigation water management, crop residue and tillage management, nutrient and pesticide management, brush management, proper grazing systems and playa wetland and associated watershed restorations.

The Ogallala Initiative is one of 15 Landscape Conservation Initiatives that address resource concerns of national importance by helping America’s landowners implement voluntary conservation practices to protect water quality and quantity and improve wildlife habitat and enhance the long-term sustainability of producers’ operations.

“Through these landscape level initiatives we’re maximizing conservation efforts to address some of our most pressing natural resource challenges,” said J. Xavier Montoya, State Conservationist for the NRCS in New Mexico. “The result is far-reaching and long-lasting environmental benefits for New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers and the Nation.”

In coordination with local, state and federal agencies and organizations, NRCS’ Landscape Conservation Initiatives use a systems approach that focuses technical and financial assistance to implement a suite of conservation practices to address specific resource concerns. Through the Ogallala Initiative, farmers and ranchers are incorporating conservation practices to improve water quantity into their agricultural operations.

“The Ogallala Initiative aims to reduce the aquifer’s over draft and to improve irrigation application efficiency on New Mexico’s private lands in an effort to conserve water quantity and improve water quality,” Montoya added.

Conservation assistance is available to producers through several 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Producers interested in becoming a part of the Ogallala Initiative or any other NRCS programs and services, should contact their local USDA Service Center, or visit for more information.

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