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New Mexico Fund Accounts and Ranking Criteria

Fund accounts for the regular signup

Eligible applications will be considered in the ranking pool designated by the applicant at the time of application. An application may only compete in one ranking pool at a time. Non-industrial private forestland (NIPF) cannot be included in the same application with crop, range or pasture. Agricultural land applications will compete separately from NIPF applications. An applicant with both NIPF and agricultural land has the following options:

(i)   Submit one application for NIPF.
(ii)  Submit one application for agricultural land.
(iii) Submit two applications, one for each land type. When two applications are submitted, each must independently meet stewardship threshold eligibility requirements.

The following fund accounts have been established for New Mexico for the regular signup.

  • Agland, General: Prioritizes grazing management and improving habitat for birds. Eligible land types include Cropland, Range, Pasture, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land.
  • Agland, Beginning Farmer/Rancher: Prioritizes grazing management and improving habitat for birds. Eligible land types include Cropland, Range, Pasture, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land. Applicants must meet the definition of beginning farmer/rancher.
  • Agland, Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher: Prioritizes grazing management and improving habitat for birds. Eligible land types include Cropland, Range, Pasture, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land. Applicants must meet the definition of socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher.
  • Agland Irrigated, General: Prioritizes conversion from irrigated to dryland cropland, establishment of pollinator habitat and soil health practices on cropland. Cropland does not have to be irrigated. Eligible land types include Cropland, Range, Pasture, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land.
  • Agland Irrigated, Beginning Farmer/Rancher: Prioritizes conversion from irrigated to dryland cropland, establishment of pollinator habitat and soil health practices on cropland. Cropland does not have to be irrigated. Eligible land types include Cropland, Range, Pasture, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land. Applicants must meet the definition of beginning farmer/rancher.
  • Agland Irrigated, Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher: Prioritizes conversion from irrigated to dryland cropland, establishment of pollinator habitat and soil health practices on cropland. Cropland does not have to be irrigated. Eligible land types include Cropland, Range, Pasture, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land. Applicants must meet the definition of socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher.
  • Non-Industrial Private Forestland (NIPF), General: Forest, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land
  • Non-Industrial Private Forestland (NIPF), Beginning Farmer/Rancher: Forest, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land. Applicants must meet the definition of beginning farmer/rancher.
  • Non-Industrial Private Forestland (NIPF), Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher: Forest, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land. Applicants must meet the definition of socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher.

RCPP-CSP fund accounts have been established for two project areas in New Mexico.

  • RCPP San Juan/Chama Agland: Cropland, Range, Pasture, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land
  • RCPP San Juan/Chama NIPF: Forest, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land
  • RCPP Pecos Agland: Cropland, Range, Pasture, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land
  • RCPP Pecos NIPF: Forest, Farmstead and Associated Ag Land

Fund Allocation

A minimum of 5 percent of the allocated funds for the regular signup must be used to assist Beginning Farmers or Ranchers and another 5 percent must be used to assist Socially Disadvantaged Farmers or Ranchers. CSP does not set aside funds for Limited Resource Farmer/Rancher.

The payment rates are the same in CSP for all participants.

Veterans who have been honorably discharged may be given preference for selection if the veteran qualifies as a beginning farmer or rancher or if the veteran has been honorably discharged in the last 10 years and qualifies as socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher.

The definitions for Beginning Farmer or Rancher, Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher and Veteran Farmer or Rancher are found on form NRCS-CPA-1200 “Conservation Program Application.”

The CSP fund allocation is no longer based on acres. The initial allocation of funds for the regular signup will be made according to the table below. The remaining funds will be distributed to next highest ranked applications. RCPP-CSP funding is distributed separately. A maximum of 11,833 acres will be enrolled in the Pecos watershed and a maximum of 10,000 acres will be enrolled in the Rio Chama watershed.

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 Agland-General

5 percent

 Agland- SD

8 percent

 Agland- BFR

8 percent

 

 

 Irrigated Agland-General

5 percent

 Irrigated Agland- SD

2 percent

 Irrigated Agland- BFR

2 percent

 

 

 NIPF-General

3 percent

 NIPF-SD

1 percent

 NIPF-BFR

1 percent

 

 

New Mexico Targeted Resource Concerns by Fund Account

 Resource Concern

Agland

Irrigated
Agland

NIPF (Forest)

San Juan/Chama  RCPP-CSP

Pecos
RCPP-CSP

Soil Erosion

X

X

X

   

Soil Quality Degradation

X

X

 

X X

Insufficient Water

 

X

 

X X

Water Quality Degradation

 

X

X

X X

Degraded Plant Condition

X

X

X

X X

Fish and Wildlife Inadequate Habitat

X

 

X

X X

Livestock Production Limitation

X

 

X

   

Excess Water

 

 

 

   

Air Quality Impacts

 

 

 

   

Inefficient Energy Use

 

 

 

   

Ranking Criteria

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Funding Deadline

Initial selections will be made in mid-July.

All contract must be obligated by the first week of September.

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