Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Study: 28% of U.S. jobs are linked to food and agriculture FoodDive.com By Erika Kincaid A new study commissioned by 22 food and agriculture organizations found that more than 20% of the nation’s economy and 28% of all American jobs are linked either directly or indirectly to the food and agriculture sectors, according to the Food Marketing Institute. The nationwide research also found the U.S. exports $146.32 billion in food, with a total food and industry economic impact of $6.7 trillion. More here https://www.fooddive.com/news/study-28-of-us-jobs-are-linked-to-food-and-agriculture/511316/

Rio Grande water fight scheduled in high court

Rio Grande water fight scheduled in high court Southwest Farm Press By Logan Hawkes …the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear opening oral arguments Jan. 8 from attorneys representing both states over management of one of North America's longest rivers, the Rio Grande. On the issue of water rights, officials from both states have agreed, the stakes are high as this controversial legal battle enters the judicial and hallowed halls of the Nation's highest court, a legal disagreement that has been years in the making and has captured the attention of an entire nation because it's legal outcome could affect every river in every state in the years ahead. more here: http://www.southwestfarmpress.com/water/rio-grande-water-fight-scheduled-high-court

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pecan Weevil Quartine information.

On NMDA’s website http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/ the quarantine (via link) is now posted along with FAQ (via a link as well) which may be helpful and informative for growers, buyers, and homeowners to some extent. There may be more specific FAQ posted in future about PW biology, for homeowners specifically, etc., but this addresses questions about the quarantine which begins today. With nightime frosts getting a little harder lately, I expect harvest season to start ramping up. The Eddy County Cooperative Extension is not a law enforcement agency so question about the law should go to NM Department of Agriculture.

Pecan weevil quarantine extended in southeast NM, could be permanent

In hopes of eradicating the notorious pecan weevil, state officials announced another emergency quarantine to restrict shipments from four southeast New Mexican counties. Effective Monday, the 180-day quarantine applies to Chaves, Curry, Lea and Eddy Counties. During that time, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture intends to solicit input from the pecan industry to make the ban permanent. The restriction is in response to continual weevil findings in both residential and commercial pecan operations throughout the region. Yard trees in Hobbs, Lovington, Roswell, Clovis and Artesia were found to be infested with the insect, read a Friday news release from the New Mexico Agriculture Department. The weevil bores into the nut meat to lay its eggs, leaving the larva to feed on the nut meat. This process destroys the nut meat, making the nuts unfit for human consumption.

NMSU researchers join others to address water scarcity issues

LAS CRUCES - Southeastern New Mexico is facing water scarcity issues, and with an increased demand for freshwater, there is a need for alternative water sources in Eddy and Lea counties. Faculty and staff from New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute teamed up with researchers from around the state for a feasibility study on the reuse of produced water last year. Produced water is underground water brought to the surface during the drilling process. Treating of disposing of produced water creates an additional expense for oil companies. One of the most relevant findings from the study is that the most feasible use of produced water generated from the oil and gas industry is for that industry to reuse its own produced water, as opposed to using fresh water. Robert Sabie Jr., a geographic information systems analyst for NM WRRI, said this cost-effective solution would allow freshwater to be reserved for drinking water.

Guide B-710: Russian Knapweed and Yellow Star-Thistle Poisoning of Horses

Guide B-710: Russian Knapweed and Yellow Star-Thistle Poisoning of Horses Jason Turner (Professor/Extension Horse Specialist, Dept. of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources) Kert Young (Extension Brush and Weed Specialist, Dept. of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources) Jesse LeFevre (Extension Agent, Jicarilla Apache Nation Extension Office) PDF: http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_b/B710.pdf HTML: http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_b/B710/welcome.html

Friday, November 10, 2017

Registration opens for the State Water Planning Town Hall: Advancing New Mexico’s Water Future

Are you interested in New Mexico’s water future? Sign up today for a two-day deliberative town hall to inform the next State Water Plan! This document is the primary policy guide for New Mexico’s water policy. As part of public engagement on the update of the plan, the upcoming town hall will be held December 13-14 in Albuquerque. Participants will engage in discussions on water issues and offer suggestions advising the Interstate Stream of significant changed conditions facing New Mexico’s water future. Registration opens for the State Water Planning Town Hall: Advancing New Mexico’s Water Future Are you interested in New Mexico’s water future? Sign up now for a two-day deliberative town hall to discuss a comprehensive update of the New Mexico State Water Plan. The State Water Plan is a critical guide for New Mexico’s water policy. The ideas offered through this town hall will advise the Interstate Stream Commission (in collaboration with the Office of the State Engineer and the Water Trust Board) of significant changed conditions facing New Mexico’s water future. Sponsored by the ISC and managed by New Mexico First, the town hall will focus primarily on supply and demand, water quality, infrastructure, legal issues, water planning and collaboration, and changing conditions. Sign-up today!