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Acequia Community Spotlight: San Mateo Irrigation Association

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Jack Márquez was born and raised in the beautiful agricultural community of San Mateo, New Mexico. Jack moved to Missouri in 1970 after graduating from high school to pursue work then moved on to California in 1974 to start his own business. Jack started L&M Editorial Repair in Burbank California providing editing equipment to film […]

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Native Medicines for NM Pollinators

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By Melanie Margarita Kirby   Melanie Margarita Kirby is founder of Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute. She is a native New Mexican from Tortugas Pueblo and has been keeping bees professionally for 20 years. Her farm specializes in local honey bee breeding, pollination services, and exquisite hive medicines. For more info, visit www.ziaqueenbees.com/zia Sol, […]

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Legislative Report on Water & Acequias

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By Paula Garcia At press time, the 2017 Legislative session is in the final stretch as the legislature deliberates and votes on hundreds of bills and works on balancing the state budget. Among the many bills, there were several substantive pieces of legislation dealing with water, agriculture, rural development, and, of course, acequias. NMAA focused […]

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Santa Fe National Forest Plan Revision Meetings

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  March 2017 Alternative MEETINGS Discuss and comment on Alternatives and Management Areas for the Forest Plan.   An opportunity to learn: Learn how Alternatives and Management Areas fit into Plan Revision Provide feedback on both the Alternatives and Management Areas General Public Meetings: Scheduled for the evening, easier for members of the public to […]

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World Meeting of Popular Movements 2017

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By María Gallegos, NMAA Staff   On February 16-19, 2017, on behalf of NMAA, I traveled to Modesto, California with other members of the New Mexico Delegation and joined over 600 grassroots community leaders, organizers, clergy and bishops at the 2017 World Meeting of Popular Movements U.S. Regional Meeting.   This regional meeting of U.S. based […]

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Acequia Funding Opportunity: Deadline Extended!

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Team Work -Photo taken by Karen Gonzalez   Application Deadline Extended Complete applications are now due by March 10, 2017 and must be received at the following address by 3:00PM to be considered for funding:   Attn: Jonathan Martinez, Acequia Program Manager   PO Box 25102   407 Galisteo Street   Bataan Memorial Building, Room […]

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200 Acequieros & Advocates Marched on Acequia Day

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 Youth, Acequia Farmers, & Advocates marching to the Capitol for Acequia Day – Photo taken by Seth Roffman, Green Fire Times   On February 16, 2017 over 200 Acequia leaders, farmers, and advocates marched in celebration of Acequia Day. The event honored acequias as a critical system to our cultural heritage and agricultural economy in […]

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Inter-Basin Transfers Under Scrutiny

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By Paula Garcia, Executive Director New Mexico Acequia Association A bill making its way through the State Legislature has raised interesting issues regarding water policy in New Mexico. HB 418, sponsored by Gail Armstrong and titled Inter-Basin Water Right Transfer Requirements, amends state water law to require that the State Engineer consider the impacts of […]

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NMAA Legislative Update

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ACTIONS LAST WEEK AND THIS WEEK:   ·         SB 86 (Cisneros) Online Notice of Water Transfers: Passed Senate and its first Committee in the House. Not yet scheduled for House State Government Committee. ·         SB 222 (Stefanics) Exemption from Local Public Body: Passed Senate and scheduled for House State Government Committee, Thursday, March 2, 1:30pm. […]

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Grant Funding Available to Expand New Mexico Agriculture

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LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is inviting New Mexicans involved in agricultural production to apply for one of two funding grant programs.   The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Specialty Crops) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). NMDA serves as the fiscal agent for New Mexico's share of […]

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