Jun 01 2018

New Junior Ranger Activity Book

Date: June 1, 2018
Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov

New Junior Ranger Activity Book Encourages Kids to Go Fish

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior along with the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish a new free booklet to help kids get hooked on fishing. Starting June 2, aspiring anglers can download the Junior Ranger “Let’s Go Fishing!” activity booklet, which will introduce them and their families to fishing and encourage healthy and responsible outdoor recreation.

“The Junior Ranger fishing booklet is a great tool to inspire future anglers to get out on the waters and enjoy the American pastime of fishing,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Fishing in the rivers and lakes of Montana as a kid instilled in me a lifelong love of the sport.”

In the coming weeks, kids can pick up a print version of the booklet, funded in part by the National Park Foundation, at more than 500 national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national fish hatcheries that offer fishing. Upon completion of the booklet, kids will be sworn in as Junior Ranger Anglers and receive a National Park Service or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service junior ranger badge.

“This booklet offers great opportunities to get kids and families outdoors, where they can make memories and enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation together,” said National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith. “The activities encourage safe and enjoyable fishing experiences and promote the conservation of native fish and their habitats.”

“Teaching a child to fish gives him or her an outdoor skill that can bring a lifetime of pleasure,” said Cynthia Martinez, chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, part of the Fish and Wildlife Service. “There are hundreds of national wildlife refuges and other public lands across the country — in both urban and rural communities — which are great places to fish, and this booklet will tell you all you need to enjoy them.”

“Discover the fun of sharing a fishing adventure with your friends and family,” said National Park Foundation President Will Shafroth. “Thanks to the support of generous National Park Foundation donors, this new book inspires people of all ages to get out and fish.”

For more information about the Junior Ranger “Let’s Go Fishing!” program or to download a copy of the booklet, visit www.nps.gov/subjects/fishing/. Visit fws.gov/refuges/kids/jrrangers for a list of the national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries participating in the program.

The Junior Ranger Angler program is one of more than 300 Junior Ranger programs in the Department of the Interior. Each is an intergenerational learning program that focuses on a site or theme tied to public lands. These activity books encourage young explorers to protect public lands, learn about the outdoors, and share their experiences with friends and family.

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Jun 01 2018

Land Connection

Drought has once again hit a large part of New Mexico.  Producers will be looking for pasture for their herds to graze.  Or maybe there is a young person looking to get into the agricultural business and all they need is some pasture to run on and a strong mentor.

By supporting a new or expanding agriculture business will you can help boost your local economy.   You can help a beginning or experienced rancher overcome one of the biggest obstacles – access to land – by leasing your productive ranch land.  A lease agreement can also provide a source of income and help with the carrying cost of your land.

NMCGA is working to connect producers who have land available for lease and producers who are seeking land to lease.  To create a listing please fill out the “Land Listing Form” and send to the NMCGA office.

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Please fill out this form and return to nmcga@nmagriculture.org or

P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM 87194.

Remember to print clearly so we will be able to read your form for your listing.


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Please access this form online and  fill it out. It will be returned to us upon completion via the online application. 


May 31 2018

Wool Growers Meeting Date Change

New Date: Monday June 11, 2018

New Time: 3 p.m to 6 p.m.

Immediately following the Sheep & Goat Council Meeting

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May 31 2018

USDA Reopens Application for Producers

USDA Reopens Application Period for Producers Recovering from Cattle Loss, Other Disasters

Release No. 0091.18

Media contact: Justin Fritscher

Signup Begins June 4 for Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress earlier this year.

“When disasters hit, help is as close as your USDA service center,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “After any catastrophic event, an eligible producer can walk into any one of our local offices and apply for help.”

Beginning June 4, FSA will accept new applications for losses for calendar year 2017 or 2018 filed under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) or Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). Producers who already submitted applications and received decisions on their applications for these years do not need to file again, but they can reapply if they have additional losses or their application was disapproved because it was filed late.

In February, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which made several changes to these two disaster programs, including:

Removing ELAP’s $20 million fiscal year funding cap, enabling FSA to pay producers’ 2017 applications in full and their 2018 applications as soon as they are approved.
Removing the per-person and legal entity annual program payment limitation of $125,000 for LIP for 2017 and future years. (The income limitation applies as it did before, meaning producers with an adjusted gross income of more than $900,000 are not eligible.)
Changing LIP to allow producers to receive a payment for injured livestock that are sold for a reduced price due to an eligible event. Previously, the program only covered financial loss for livestock death above normal mortality.

Producers interested in LIP or ELAP should contact their local USDA service center. To apply, producers will need to provide verifiable and reliable production records and other information about their operation.

Drought, wildfires and other disasters continue to impact farmers and ranchers, and LIP and ELAP are two of many programs available through USDA to help producers recover. Learn more at https://www.usda.gov/disaster.

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May 16 2018

MVD Mobile Unit

We would like to announce that the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department will have their Mobile Unit at the 2018 NMCGA Mid Year Meeting in Ruidoso.  

The 40ft Mobile unit 5th wheel has almost exactly the same capabilities as a stationary office. They will have three full service stations and one camera station. They can issue a driver’s license, register your vehicle, vehicle title transfers, we even have certified VIN Inspectors on site.  

In their Mobile Unit they can only accept credit or Debit card. Apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause but it for the safety of their employees not being able to secure a deposit.

Attached is the list of Real ID acceptable documents list, as well as a picture of our mobile unit and below, just a little about the trailer.

They will be at the meeting Monday June 11th and till noon on June 12th.

They will be presenting at 8:30am on Monday June 11 at the General Session to address issues on CDL’s and other MVD vehicle issues.

Please plan taking advantage of the Mobile Unit to address all of your MVD needs.

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