U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke on the House floor today on an amendment he offered to support Acequia and Community Ditch Associations in New Mexico.
“This amendment does not open up the program to large irrigation districts or government entities, but simply affords local Hispanic farmers in rural New Mexico equal eligibility to compete for funding,” Luján said. “Acequia and Community Ditch Associations, which are comprised solely of private land owners, do not have the authority to impose taxes or levies, and are in need of this clarifying language.”
The amendment to the Farm Bill enables Community Ditch Associations to apply for federal funds within the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP.) The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
Click here to watch Luján’s speech.