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Gold King Mine Spill Settlement from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office $645,000.00

The SJSWCD received an award from the NM AG office to provide support to farmers across SJC. We are anticipating a contract within the next couple of weeks. Once that happens we will start accepting applications from farmers on the Animas and San Juan river that were affected by the spill to plant and bring land back into production. Any currently fallow land will qualify. This is just one phase of the program but is the one that will mostly effect farmers.

This program will pay farmers $250/acre to establish alfalfa and $200.00 /acre to establish irrigated pastures. Annual crops such as corn, vegetables, Hay grazer and others will receive $100 /acre once established for two years.

Procedure will be as follows: We will start taking applications at this time. Once we receive your application, we will make a farm visit to take soil samples and approve eligibility. Once approved farmers may start their plantings for the year. Payment will be made upon inspection.

For applications text 505-320-5056 or email Gary Hathorn at or Edicia Rodriguez at

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