Rio Arriba County FSA Updates

November 2016

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Rio Arriba County FSA Updates

Rio Arriba County
FSA Office

19283 US Hwy 84/285

Suite 111

Hernandez, NM 87537

Phone: 505-753-3508
Fax:      877-450-0860

County Executive Director:
Sheryl LaRue

Farm Loan Manager:
Allen Mackrain

Key Program Technician:
Susanah Porchas

County Committee:
Charlie Hibner
Julian Vigil
Jake M. Vigil                          

Next County Committee Meeting: 
December 7th, 2016 @ 1:00

Rio Arriba USDA Service Center Conference Room  

Rio Arriba County Producers May be Eligible for Emergency Conservation Program Assistance. Signup accepted November 28th through December 23rd 2016

Crop Year 2016 floods have caused severe damage across multiple areas of the County.

Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Rio Arriba County Farm Service Agency (FSA).

For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would:

  • be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use
  • is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area
  • affect the productive capacity of the farmland
  • impair or endanger the land

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence. The following types of measures may be eligible:

  • removing debris from farmland  
  • grading, shaping, or releveling severely damaged farmland
  • restoring permanent fence
  • restoring conservation structures and other similar installations

Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact the local FSA County Office and request assistance from November 28th through December 23rd, 2016.

To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met:

  • an application for cost-share assistance has been filed
  • the local FSA County Committee (COC) or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area
  • the Agency responsible for technical assistance, such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), has made a needs determination, which may include cubic yards of earthmoving, etc., required for rehabilitation.

For more information about ECP, please contact the
Rio Arriba County FSA Office at 505-753-3508 or visit