New Mexico agricultural producers encouraged to attend drought management virtual sessions


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Kristie Garcia
Public Affairs Director, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-339-5011

Nov. 6, 2020

New Mexico agricultural producers encouraged to attend drought management virtual sessions

Northern New Mexico producers invited to Nov. 10 session

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LAS CRUCES – New Mexico agricultural producers are invited to attend virtual sessions regarding drought management and the water outlook in the state. The Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center at New Mexico State University will host the sessions via Zoom.

The next session is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 and is intended for Northern New Mexico producers. Experts from the following agencies will discuss forecasts, drought updates and risk management tools available:

  • New Mexico Acequia Association
  • New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde
  • National Weather Service
  • United States Department of Agriculture–Farm Service Agency
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Drought persists in New Mexico. In an effort to assist producers in planning to mitigate drought effects, the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center at New Mexico State University is hosting a series of virtual sessions to discuss drought management and the water outlook. The second session is Nov. 10, 2020. (Photo by Dave DuBois)

Producers who want to join the Nov. 10 session must register at http://nmsu.life/waterZOOM2  in advance to receive the link.

Plans are underway to host a Zoom call for producers in the Eastern part of the state as well. Experts specific to that location will present during the session. Details will be announced as soon as they are available.

“As of October 20, nearly two-thirds of New Mexico is classified in extreme or exceptional drought,” said Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The record-breaking winter storm system brought much needed precipitation to a majority of the state; however, long-term precipitation deficits and a winter outlook that will tilt the odds toward a drier than normal winter calls for drought conditions to persist through at least February.”

The first session for Southern and Central New Mexico producers was held Nov. 5 and featured experts from Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, National Weather Service and United States Department of Agriculture–Farm Service Agency.

For more information about the Zoom sessions, please call 575-646-5949 or 575-339-5035.

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