Udall: USDA Pilot Program to Help Rural N.M. Homeowners

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a new Single Family Housing Guaranteed Rural Refinance Pilot Program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages. Currently, approximately 2,000 New Mexico families are enrolled in the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Program. They are now eligible […]

USDA to close 259 facilities

Staff and wire reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and […]

USDA lifts bovine TB restrictions

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Argriculture has determined the threat of bovine tuberculosis has been eradicated from the state of New Mexico, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. In September 2008, USDA placed ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico under mandatory […]

Ranchers say USDA not giving insurance payments

Argen Duncan A number of New Mexico ranchers say the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t giving them the insurance payments they paid for and need. Last year, the USDA Risk Management Agency offered a pilot program in which ranchers in New Mexico and other states could work with private insurance companies to buy policies they […]

Press release: Federal help for wildfire victims

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today that New Mexico families of moderate to low-income levels whose homes were damage by recent wildfires may apply for federal funds to offset costs to rebuild or repair their homes. As well, communities may apply through USDA to replace or repair community facilities or acquire equipment […]

Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]

Press release: USDA authorizes 90 days CRP emergency grazing

Emergency Grazing for CRP approved for Curry County Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2011 – Salomon E. Ramirez, State Executive Director of the New Mexico Farm Service Agency announced that Emergency Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage has been authorized for Curry County in New Mexico. “This authorization provides relief for many livestock producers in […]

Rising feed prices stretch budgets

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Austin Hale of Clovis One-Stop Feed Inc. said rising feed costs are stretching already tight budgets for consumers who have animals. Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices, the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those […]

Press release: USDA Grants for Rural Community Development Available

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Farmers’ Electric receives $28.1 million USDA loan

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Farmers’ Electric Cooperative of Clovis is receiving a $28.1 million loan to upgrade its electric delivery system for seven counties in eastern New Mexico and three in Texas. The cooperative will use the money to expand service to current customers and extend service to new customers. It also will replace […]