State Land Office; Partners Offer Drought Resource Webinars

SLO News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), in partnership with the Quivira Coalition (QC), the Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (CEWL) and the Western Landowners Alliance (WLA), will offer a three-part webinar series for grazing lessees and agricultural producers with information and resources related to drought management.

The series will focus on New Mexico, but information and resources are relevant to other Southwestern states, and all are welcome to attend.

“New Mexico farmers and ranchers provide an invaluable service to our state, and we want to return the favor in any way possible,” Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard said. “The purpose of this webinar series is to do just that, and provide people with a panel of experts in drought management, resources, and programs that can help them survive drought cycles that are a common threat to their livelihoods in our arid, desert state.” 

“With data showing portions of New Mexico already in drought this year, it is especially important for landowners in the state to know what resources are available. And since drought is an increasingly chronic problem in the southwest generally, we encourage landowners around the region to take advantage of this opportunity to learn as well,” said Executive Director Lesli Allison of the Western Landowners Alliance.

The webinar series is noon to 1 p.m. as well as 6-7 p.m. Monday June 22, Tuesday June 23 and Thursday June 25. To participate, click here: register online.

Webinar experts include: 

  • Lisa Garay of the Farm Service Agency (Monday, June 22);
  • Kenneth Branch and Steve Kadas of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (Tuesday, June 23);
  • Jen Livsey, Owner/Agent of EastCo Group (Tuesday, June 23); and
  • Dr. Roy Roath, Professor Emeritus and Rangeland Consultant (Thursday, June 25).
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