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The NRCS New Mexico Conservation Funding Opportunity

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May 15, 2020

​New Mexico Conservation Funding Announcement

ALBUQUERQUE, NM –The NRCS  New Mexico Conservation Funding Opportunity (NFO), Opportunity Number USDA-NRCS-NM-CTA-20-NOFO0001015, has been posted to and is open for applications through July 15, 2020. 

Conservation partners are invited to apply for NRCS assistance for the following opportunities:

  1. Conservation Outreach Workshops:  Promote public awareness of NRCS programs, and further the development of NRCS relationships with its conservation partners and 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.  Direct involvement of conservation partners will enhance effectiveness of programs and ensure widest dissemination to the public while, also, offering an opportunity to provide information on current agricultural topics of interest to underserved segments of the regional agricultural population.
  2. Technical Workshops and/or Field Days on Native Plant Community Adoption, and/or Pollinator Habitat:  Provide learning opportunities to educate New Mexico agricultural producers who are following or considering native plant communities in rangeland systems.  Opportunities will provide education and demonstration on topics including, but not limited to plant establishment, management techniques, details regarding rotational grazing and stockpiling, and native plant community adoption. Applicant must demonstrate the capability to unite members of the agriculture science and technology communities to share their knowledge with producers and other interested parties.
  3. Organic and Specialty Crop Workshops:  Provide learning opportunities to 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 associated with organic and specialty crop production.


  1. Estimated Funding The total amount of Federal funding the agency expects to award through this opportunity is up to $100,000.
  2. Start Dates and Performance Periods Projects will be 1 year in duration.  Applicants should plan their projects based on a project start date of September 1, 2020.
  3. Type of Federal Award The agency plans to award cooperative agreements pursuant to this opportunity.
  4. Number of Awards The agency expects to make 5 awards.

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