Environmental news in brief

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 5/30/19

Wannabe hemp farmers turn out for how-tos workshop When the Alianza Agri-Cultura de Taos put out a call for potential hemp farmers and producers to come to a workshop to learn about the industry and …

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Wannabe hemp farmers turn out for how-tos workshop

When the Alianza Agri-Cultura de Taos put out a call for potential hemp farmers and producers to come to a workshop to learn about the industry and crop, they had no idea would be as overwhelming as it was.

More than 100 people turned out for a hemp conference May 16, the first in a four-part series about growing hemp in the Land of Enchantment.

Though New Mexico was not the first state to thwart federal drug laws in legalizing hemp, state regulators wanted to get ahead of the curve to jump-start the industry.

“If we came in after Texas or Arizona, [people were worried] we wouldn’t be able to get the industry going,” said Brad Lewis, director of agricultural and environmental services at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

Hemp is related to marijuana but does not have the chemical compound that makes a person high.

The workshop drew a mix of utter newbies who knew nothing about the crop, and people familiar with growing hemp and navigating the grey area of the rules and standards in still-emerging industries.

The other hemp workshops will take place July 24, Aug. 14 and Sept. 18. For more information, call (505) 289-0185, email taosagriculture@gmail.com, or send a note to Alianza Agri-Cultura de Taos, P.O. Box 2949, Taos, NM, 87571.

Peñasco RX burn shows off ‘unique’ fire collaboration

The Copper Hill area west of Peñasco got a fresh dose of prescribed fire last week

A team conducted the prescribed burn between Wednesday (May 29) and Saturday (June 1).

The “All Hands All Lands Burn Team” is a unique collaboration between the State Land Office, the Nature Conservancy and Forest Stewards Guild, both nonprofits, and other government partners.

“Traditional fire teams like Hotshot crews are largely a federal fire suppression resource. As such, their primary duty is putting out fires across the nation,” said Eytan Krasilovsky, deputy director of the Forest Steward Guild.

“The Burn Team is unique in that it is dedicated to prescribed fire, comprised of qualified fire practitioners from within the landscape, and able to work on all land jurisdictions. Since the Burn Team’s inception, we have supported burns on federal, state, and municipal lands, bossed burns on tribal and private lands, and integrated planning, training, and capacity building for the future,” he said.

Embudo Valley acequias to meet June 9

Mayordomos, commissioners and parciantes are invited to the next meeting of the Embudo Valley Regional Acequia Association.

The annual meeting of the association will be held June 9, a Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Embudo Valley Library in Dixon. Officers of the board of directors will be elected by the board during the meeting.

The meeting will feature Paula Garcia, Executive Director of the New Mexico Acequia Association, who will talk about acequia and water related bills that came out the 2019 session of the New Mexico Legislature. It’s a chance to meet other parciantes and commissioners, and learn about how to become more involved in the valley’s acequia system.

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