Thursday, October 20, 2016

Reminder for CEU credit we are having three workshops this year. The Next will be November 17, Private Applicators tests will be given after this class,; the LAST ONE is December 15, this date has changed due to a conflict on the December 13. Class start at 9:00 am and are at the Eddy County Extension Office 1304 west Stevens, Carlsbad NM. Cost is $10 THIS IS NOT PART OF YOUR RENEWAL FEE OR TESTING FEE! Call Robin Wilson at 575-887-6595 or toll free at 1-877-887-6595 to pre register or if you have a disability and need an auxiliary aid or service.

Need to set next PVWUO date

Heard from the ISC and the presentation of the addendum to the Lower Pecos Regional Water Plan will be December 12th in Roswell. We need to select two delegates to do the presentation, and some other items of concern. I have included a hyper link to a doodle pool please complete this as soon as possible.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

High Desert Discovery District, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and New Mexico State University

High Desert Discovery District, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and New Mexico State University announce “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food”, November 9-10 in Las Cruces Related discoveries from across New Mexico invited to apply June 30, 2016 – The High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up accelerator – the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced today that they will co-host the next HD3 Discovery Day™ - “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food” - November 9-10, 2016 in Las Cruces. The event will focus on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities within or that impact the agriculture, value-added food products and food industries. “You can think of this event as Shark Tank for the agricultural and food-related sectors, both of which are significant economic drivers for our state,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said. “We’re excited to see people of all backgrounds bring forward their projects and ideas to improve market conditions, develop new market opportunities and solve real and significant challenges in agriculture.” As with other Discovery Day events, innovators from all over New Mexico are invited to apply to HD3 to present their agriculture, agriculture-related (e.g. water, irrigation, biosecurity, energy, biomass, etc.), food or value-added food discovery/innovation/product to a highly experienced group of subject matter experts, business achievers, entrepreneurs, innovators, management experts and investors. The application deadline to participate in the Las Cruces Discovery Day is Friday, October 7, 2016. Application details are at “HD3 Discovery Day will further support the next generation of innovators and leaders in agriculture and food and we are so pleased to be part of it,” said Kathryn Hansen, director of Arrowhead Center at NMSU. “Because of our rich network of entrepreneurs and agribusiness leaders at NMSU and the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, Discovery Day is a very natural and significant progression of our support of agricultural entrepreneurs”. All Discovery Day presenters are invited to attend the HD3 Networking Cocktail Reception and Casual Supper, an HD3 tradition to gather together presenters, panelists, hosts, sponsors and special guests socially the evening before Discovery Day. For this event, HD3 will spotlight New Mexico’s wine industry with a wine dinner for all participants on November 9, 2016 in La Mesilla.

Monday, October 17, 2016

USDA Announces McLarty Capital Partners Rural Investment Fund

USDA Announces McLarty Capital Partners Rural Investment Fund WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented, small businesses across rural America. The McLarty Capital Partners (MCP) Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) will be the fifth RBIC that USDA has helped to initiate since 2014. The initiative is part of USDA's ongoing efforts to attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America to help drive more economic growth in rural communities. "Innovative small businesses throughout rural America need the same access to capital as their urban business counterparts," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "McLarty Capital Partners is an important ally in USDA's efforts to reenergize the rural economy, help small businesses grow and strengthen local communities." "We are pleased to partner with USDA in this innovative public-private partnership to propel and sustain small business growth in rural America," said McLarty Capital Partners co-founder, Franklin McLarty. "With roots in America's heartland, McLarty Capital Partners is committed to ensuring that small and medium sized enterprises have the means necessary to achieve their business goals, and this endeavor only furthers that mission." McLarty Capital Partners, founded in 2012 by co-presidents Franklin McLarty and Christopher Smith, provides flexible financing solutions to small and medium sized enterprises in the United States. McLarty Capital Partners is uniquely positioned to support the long-term business objectives of rural American partners across the country. MCP Rural Investment Fund will invest in this vital sector of the U.S. economy with the goal of ensuring that businesses located in smaller communities throughout the nation have access to the capital needed to realize their goals. The new fund announced today was formed under the USDA's Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP). USDA is utilizing RBIP to license funds that invest in enterprises creating growth and job opportunities in rural areas, with an emphasis on smaller enterprises. In 2014, Advantage Capital was granted a license for their $154 million Advantage Capital AgriBusiness Partners fund. The fund is making private equity investments in innovative agriculture-related businesses that support USDA's strategy for economic growth, including bio-manufacturing, local and regional food systems, advanced farming technologies and other cutting-edge fields. Since its inception in 2014, the fund has made a total of 11 investments, totaling $39 million. Secretary Vilsack has also announced the conditional approval of other RBICs: Innova Ag Innovation and Meritus Kirchner Ventures in April 2015; and in April 2016, the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund. Additional funds are currently under review. These efforts are part of the Made in Rural America initiative, which was created by President Obama to help rural businesses and leaders take advantage of new investment opportunities and access new markets abroad. USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit #

Beyond the Roundtable

Please join us for our Beyond the Roundtable on Cow/Calf Nutrition on November 2, 2016 starting at 10 am here at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability on the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. Starting with two presentations in the morning; Feeding Frequency and The Value of Added Fat. Following lunch a traditional roundtable discussion with panel members from both NMSU and the feed industry. Please pre-register free of charge at Shad Shad H. Cox, Superintendent/Programs Operations Director Corona Range and Livestock Research Center & Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability Animal and Range Sciences Agricultural Experiment Station College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences New Mexico State University P.O. Box 392 Corona, New Mexico 88318 575.849.1015 office 575-849.1021 fax Facebook: /nmsucorona

Hunters Helping the Hungry program

Hunters Helping the Hungry program kicks off this season SANTA FE – Hunters can donate deer and elk meat this year to help feed the hungry under a new program run by Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. Hunters can drop off fresh, clean, properly stored elk or deer meat at any of 11 approved meat processors statewide. The program pays processing costs and distributes the ground meat to l soup kitchens and others for use in prepared meals. “This is a great way for hunters to share their bounty with those in need,” said Bob Osborn, assistant chief of private land programs for the department. “We hope hunters will support this program by giving generously.” The Department of Game and Fish provided seed money and organizational assistance to help the program get started. Roadrunner Foodbank will manage the program, conduct fundraising and distribute meat donations. Those who donate cash or meat to the program can receive a receipt for charitable deduction purposes. A list of approved game processors where hunters can donate meat can be found on the food bank’s website, Financial donations to fund the program also can be made through the website.

Feral Swine Eradication Status

Feral Swine Eradication Status September 2016 Twelve counties covering almost 19 million acres have been cleared and we are on track to complete feral swine eradication from most areas of the state, where access has been provided, by the end of CY 2017. NM WS currently has 4 full time temporary employees working to remove feral swine primarily in mountainous areas of south central NM. The USFS granted approval to begin using an integrated approach with multiple tools for feral swine removal in the White Mountain Wilderness in late FY 15 and work began in October 2015. Thirteen feral swine were taken within WMWA in FY 16. Over 225 feral swine were taken by NM Wildlife Services staff in 2017, and approximately 1,258 feral swine have been taken since eradication began in January 2013. Over 1,900 feral swine have been taken since federal FY 2004. Over 66% of the total feral swine removed were taken with aid of the helicopter and approximately 60% of the feral swine taken since eradication began were taken with aid of “Judas” swine. The current focus is primarily in the Lincoln National Forest (including the White Mountain Wilderness), the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and adjacent areas in south central NM. Since the project began, 239 feral swine have been taken on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, not including those taken by Mescalero Apache staff. During the summer of 2016 WS staff began using Environmental DNA (eDNA) water sampling in the Lesser Prairie Chicken area in eastern Chaves County, and the Lincoln National Forest, to test for feral swine presence or absence. This involves collection of water samples from dirt tanks, reservoirs, stock tanks, streams and other water sources. A buffer solution is added and the samples are shipped to our National Wildlife Research for analysis. The analysis can detect single feral swine presence at the site up to 13 days prior to the sample date, and multiple feral swine presence up to approximately 60 days prior to the sample date. Using these results to target specific areas, 8 feral swine were removed from Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat this year. A single positive sample was detected in the White Mountain Wilderness (Indian Creek), and although feral swine presence was confirmed by trail camera, this feral pig has not been found. Lincoln National Forest (Sacramento Ranger District) staff have volunteered to collect eDNA samples to assist us in this surveillance effort. Each targeted area will be sampled every 2-3 months for verification that there are no feral remaining feral swine. Estimated Numbers of Feral Swine Remaining in the Following Areas Curry County: 0 known. No reported sightings this FY. Roosevelt County: Very few if any remaining at present but pigs are moving back and forth into TX. Presently working on a ranch in SE Roosevelt County. This FY, 117 feral hogs have been taken, 87 by Helicopter, 29 by trapping and 1 by shooting. De Baca County: 0 known. No reported sightings in this FY. Guadalupe County: 0 known, 1 reported hit by a vehicle north of Santa Rosa. Chaves County: Very few in the LPC area. Pecos River: no reported sightings/photos since June 2016. Eddy County: 2-3 known near the El Paso Gas Plant (Pecos River). Periodically, lone boars (1-2) are taken along the Delaware River coming in from Texas. Otero County: WS staff are presently working north of Timberon to Benson Ridge east from Sunspot Highway to Weed. A large amount of rooting was found near Wills Canyon/Hubble Canyon area, however only 2-3 have been documented on camera. Aerial flights have been conducted with minimal results because of the dense forest canopy. Restrictions on flights due to T&E concerns (Mexican spotted owl) and big game hunting seasons have limited WS aerial work in these areas. A small sounder 6-10 feral hogs NW of Pinon was recently located on private land adjacent to LNF. Corral Traps have been set in this area where we hope to radio collar another Judas. A helicopter hunt is planned for this area. Our last remaining Judas dropped her ear tag in Bluewater Canyon in June. She had been very productive the past year and a half. We removed 60 + feral pigs from her alone. Quay County: 0 reported sightings. San Miguel County: Only 2 feral swine were taken in San Miguel Co. this FY. No additional sign or reports from this area. Union County: Seven feral swine were removed with the aid of a Judas this year. Lea County: No reports of feral hogs during FY 16 Harding/Mora County: In early September 2016 a feral hog track was found on the Canadian River within the boundaries of the Kiowa Grasslands. An aerial flight was conducted in mid-September and no feral swine were found. We will continue to monitor this area. Hidalgo County: Unknown numbers in areas where access has been denied. Middle Rio Grande Valley: No credible reports at this time. Lincoln County (Excluding WMW): 3 feral hogs in the last 2 months were caught on camera north of the Capitan Mountains. There was a confirmed sighting on the south side of the Capitan Mountains (Latham Allotment). This area will be worked in between the big game hunts this fall. One feral hog was caught on camera in the Loma Grande area. A total of 24 cameras are set in the WMW and adjacent allotments, 31 cameras are set throughout the LNF on 14 allotments. Drainages and canyons surveyed include: Argentina Canyon, Argentina Spring, Nogal Creek, Nogal Canyon, Kraut Canyon, George Canyon, Littleton Canyon, Whitehorse Hill, Indian Canyon, Tortillita Canyon, Pennsylvania Canyon, Crest Trail, Skull Canyon, Turkey Springs, Big Bonito Canyon, Gaylord Canyon, Water Canyon, and Norman Canyon. Feral swine sign (wallows & tracks) has been found in Argentina Canyon, Big Bonito Canyon, Indian Canyon, Crest Trail, Pennsylvania Canyon, and Skull Canyon. There is an abundance of food sources including pinon nuts, acorns, forbs and grasses as well as water sources within wilderness. The western and southern parts of the wilderness will be surveyed soon. Mescalero Apache Reservation: As of September 2016, we were aware of 5-10 feral swine on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in the Rock House Spring and Spur Well area. A Judas Boar was tagged and collared in Jan 2016. He has been located many times in the past few months, but has been alone each time. He has had a home range of 225-240 square miles. There are several reports of swine along the 244 highway that runs from HWY 70 to Cloudcroft. These have been investigated but no definite sign has been found. We are in the process of setting out monitoring cameras in these areas. Feral swine rooting was observed from the helicopter at 9000 ft. elevation on the SW side of Sierra Blanca in an extremely remote and rugged area on the wilderness boundary. A new Feral Swine Specialist (Aaron Fierro) was hired in Aug and he is presently setting cameras and becoming familiar with the Reservation. Lesser Prairie Chicken Area: During FY 16, 126 feral swine were removed from the Lesser Prairie Chicken Area (Roosevelt County-101, Eastern Chaves County-25). Monitoring will continue through FY17. BLM Biologists informed WS that LPC counts are up from last year. Numbers have increased in each of the last three years from 161 in 2014, 355 in 2015, and 1,249 in 2016. The primary reason for a high success was likely the increase in rainfall but they also believe feral swine and coyotes removed in these areas have helped increase the population. Adjacent areas in Texas: During FY16, the Texas WS program took 222 feral swine within the buffer zone in Texas and New Mexico. An additional 347 were taken just east of the buffer area, and another 210 were taken along the Pecos River south of the buffer area in Texas. Work will continue in these areas in FY 17. AR-15 Testing In June 2015, WS staff began field testing use of an AR-15 from the Helicopter for feral swine under an established research protocol. The AR-15 is used primarily in mountainous, ponderosa pine habitat where shotgun use is generally ineffective. Sixteen flights have been conducted using the AR-15 and 155 feral swine were taken with an average of 4.7 shots. Distances to target ranges from 60-150 yards, depending on terrain and visibility, averaging 98 yards. Distance above ground level has ranged from 85 -130 feet, averaging 109 feet. Outreach During FY 16, English and Spanish public service announcements for radio developed with the help of NMDA and Cooperative Extension were distributed to outlets across eastern NM. The PSA’s request that people report any feral swine sightings to WS. Feral Swine Take by NM WS FY 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 131 14 15 16 TOTAL # Taken 21 32 62 77 62 80 219 143 620 195 214 229 1,954 1Feral Swine Eradication Funding Received