Luján: Farm Bill to Help New Mexico Communities

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Santa Fe–After President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Farm Bill into law Friday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s 3rd District highlighted the important impact the legislation will have on communities in New Mexico.

“Farmers and ranchers in New Mexico have waited a long time for this day.  With the President’s signature on a new Farm Bill, those in the agricultural sector who contribute greatly to New Mexico’s economy, while honoring our culture and history, will receive important assistance that will help in their efforts to produce the many crops–from chiles to pecans–that make New Mexico so special,” Luján said. “In addition, the legislation includes an important provision that will help farmers and ranchers care for the acequias that are essential to their livelihood. By enabling Acequia and Community Ditch Associations to finally compete for federal grants, they will have an opportunity to receive funds that will help maintain the health of their acequias.”

During debate on the House Farm Bill last year, Luján offered an amendment, find