Livestock Producer Disaster Assistance Program by Oct 1
Please see the information below from the USDA regarding the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). Producers who have experienced eligible disaster-related losses (i.e., due to drought, certain fires, etc.) since October 2011 but have not yet enrolled in LFP should contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) as soon as possible in order to avoid cuts to payments that would occur if they begin the sign up process after September 30.
Learn what heat illness is and how to prevent it at home and at work. See Prevent_Heat_Illness
The Gila National Forest has completed its Travel Management Final Environmental Impact Statement and Forest Supervisor Kelly Russell has signed the Record of Decision selecting Alternative G.
With the publication of the legal notice in the forest's newspapers of record, the start of a 45-day appeal period and resolution will begin.
See the information here.
PLAC Public Notice
The next Hidalgo County Public Land Advisory Committee (PLAC) regularly scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, August 6th at 3:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 305 Pyramid St., Lordsburg, NM. The agenda will be posted here when available.
Previous PLAC minutes and agendas
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT HIDALGO COUNTY ORDINANCE NO. 2014-01
The details of the ordinance meeting can be viewed here.
Important information about fire restrictions in the Gila and Apache National Forests can be viewed here.
Animas Underground Basin Water Rights Adjudication
Monthly Adjudication Report
Documents filed in the month of March - 2014
The Animas Water Rights Adjudication is about to enter a new phase. In May, the State of New Mexico, acting on behalf of the State Engineer, will begin adjudicating the water rights of each water right claimant in the Animas Underground Basin. The State will mail adjudication packets to a small number of claimants each month.
Claimants must comply with all deadlines specified in the court documents included in the adjudication packet.
Please read the complete report here.
View the USDA News Release - Increased Opportunity for Producers here.
View the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet here.
HIDALGO MEDICAL SERVICES IS HELPING PEOPLE GET ENROLLED FOR HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THERE ARE ENROLLMENT EVENTS COMING TO YOUR COMMUNITY, OR DAILY ENROLLMENT AT HMS CLINICS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED FLYER FOR DETAILS OF THE ITEMS YOU NEED TO HAVE WITH YOU WHEN GETTING ENROLLED.
The Water Trust Board is considering potential changes to its comprehensive Project Management Policies. In particular, the Water Trust Board is reviewing Section 2.5 Funding Match Obligation (page 7 of the attached Policies) and Section 3.8 Water System Technical Governance (page 13 of the attached Policies). Currently, the Water Trust Board prioritizes applications using one of two sets of criteria. Water Storage, Conveyance & Delivery Projects, Water Conservation or Recycling, Treatment or Reuse Projects and Flood Prevention Projects are scored and prioritized using "Pipe" criteria (attached). Watershed Restoration and Management Projects and Endangered Species Act Projects are scored and prioritized using "Non-Pipe" criteria (attached). The Water Trust Board is considering revisions to its application procedures and criteria for the 2015-16 application cycle. Any changes may include revisions to its rules and policies.
In advance of any specific changes, the Water Trust Board is seeking public review and comment on its entire set of Project Management Policies and application evaluation criteria. The Water Trust Board is asking that all comments be submitted to WTBAdmin@nmfa.net by September 3, 2014. Comments may be general in nature or specific to any section. The comments will be shared with the Water Trust Board at its September Board Meeting, now scheduled for September 24, 2014. It is currently anticipated that specific policy changes will be recommended to the Board beginning in October and that these proposed changes will also be posted for public review and comment.
Discover Hidalgo 2014 Classic Car Show
The car show is October 18th, 2014, at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Ed Kerr at 575-313-2606 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view or print the form here.
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) FY2014
Please join us at USDA-Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program’s upcoming trainings. The trainings provide introductory information for prospective REAP applicants, grant writers, and companies working with customers in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The public is welcome to attend.
See all the information here.
Contact Jesse Monfort Bopp by email here.
Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services
The mission of the Hidalgo County Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services Board is to provide leadership and advocacy to improve the juvenile justice system, promote delinquency prevention services and programs, and reduce the overall instance of juvenile delinquency in Hidalgo County.
View the full document here.
Finance New Mexico
Finance New Mexico project offers help and information to New Mexico businessmen with startup and established businesses. Finance New Mexico is a source of business news, events and how-to information. More information is available at:
Emergency Watershed Protection Program
The purpose of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was established by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. The EWP Program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, drought, windstorms, and other natural occurrences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the EWP Program; EWP-Recovery, and EWP–Floodplain Easement (FPE).
EWP - Recovery
The EWP Program is a recovery effort program aimed at relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural occurrences.
Who is Eligible?
Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance, but must be represented by a project sponsor that must be a legal subdivision of the State, such as a city, county, township or conservation district, and Native American Tribes or Tribal governments.
NRCS may pay up to 75 percent of the construction cost of emergency measures. The remaining 25 percent must come from local sources and can be in the form of cash or in-kind services.
EQIP is another source available to producers thru NRCS. This would help with wells, pumps, troughs, etc.