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New Mexico Fund Accounts and Ranking Criteria

Eligible applications will be considered in all ranking pools that the applicant is eligible for. Non-industrial private forestland (NIPF) cannot be included in the same contract with crop, range or pasture. An applicant with both NIPF and agricultural land has the following options:

  1. Request one application for NIPF.
  2. Request one application for agricultural land.
  3. Request two applications, one for agricultural land and one for NIPF. When two applications are requested, each must independently meet stewardship threshold eligibility requirements.

The following ranking pools have been established for New Mexico for FY2020. Each ranking pool is available for the general signup (new applications) and the renewal signup (second term for existing contracts). Each

  • Agland, Agland Beginning Farmer/Rancher, Agland Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher: Eligible land types are cropland, range, pasture, farmstead and associated ag land. Prioritizes
  • grazing management on rangeland and pasture;
  • cover crops, no-till and reduced tillage on cropland; and
  • forage harvest management on pasture.
  • Wildlife habitat improvements including pollinator habitat.
  • Agland-Organic: At least 75 percent of the eligible acres in the operation must be certified organic or transitioning to organic. Eligible land types are cropland, range, pasture, farmstead and associated ag land. Prioritizes
  • grazing management on rangeland and pasture;
  • cover crops, no-till and reduced tillage on cropland; and
  • forage harvest management on pasture.
  • Wildlife habitat improvements including pollinator habitat.
  • Non-Industrial Private Forestland (NIPF), NIPF Beginning Farmer/Rancher, NIPF Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher: Eligible land uses are forest, farmstead and associated ag land. Prioritizes
  • Activities that improve habitat for wildlife and reduce risk of pest damage;
  • Activities that reduce erosion from concentrated runoff; and
  • Activities that reduce the threat of wildfire.

Fund Allocation

A minimum of 5 percent of the allocated funds must be used to assist beginning farmers/ranchers and another 5 percent must be used to assist socially disadvantaged farmers/ranchers. CSP does not set aside funds for limited resource farmers/ranchers.

Veteran farmer/ranchers are given additional ranking points only in the beginning farmer/rancher and socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher ranking pools.  

The definitions for beginning farmer/rancher, socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher and veteran farmer/rancher are found on form NRCS-CPA-1200 “Conservation Program Application.”

FY2020 Ranking Criteria

Additional ranking points are given to projects that will have contracted activities in NRCS determined source water protection areas.

New Mexico Priority Resource Concerns
 

Agland

Non-Industrial Private Forestland

 Wind and water erosion

 Concentrated erosion

 Soil Quality limitations

 Fire Management

 Degraded Plant Condition

 Degraded Plant Condition

 Livestock production limitation

 Livestock production limitation

 Terrestrial Habitat

 Terrestrial Habitat

 

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