Agriculture advocates get top accolades


Two local environmental and agricultural volunteers recently received awards for their years of service.

Crestina Armstrong Trujillo, a Taos-area resident, has been named the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Volunteer of the Year. The announcement came during the organization's 100th annual meeting held recently in Las Cruces.

Trujillo has been active in the Taos Farm and Livestock Bureau for more than 20 years, according to a press release from the state organization. "She organizes meetings, spreads awareness of the importance of agriculture and involves law makers in agricultural issues," it read.

"She is a jewel," says Donald Martínez, President of Río Arriba County Farm and Livestock Bureau.

The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau is the state's largest, private agricultural organization, with about 19,000 members.

Also during November, the Quivira Coalition, a Santa Fe-based organization whose mission is "to build resilience on western landscapes," awarded Taoseño Ernie Atencio the 2017 Outstanding Leadership in the Radical Center Award for Conservation at its annual conference.

The Quivira Coalition established the awards in 2007 to recognize individuals in ranching, conservation, civil service and research who have shown remarkable and enduring leadership in their work, according to a press release from the organization.

Atencio is the New Mexico program manager for National Parks Conservation Association and was a longtime board member for the coalition.

"I am honored to join the ranks of Radical Center awardees," said Atencio. "The Quivira Coalition's approach is similar to what I follow in my work … of focusing on the common ground and the common values that most of us share about the land."