Enews Signup Push

Print

Reps. Luján and Lujan Grisham Statement After Meeting with USDA Secretary to Advocate For New Mexico Farmers and Ranchers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Carlos Paz Jr. (Lujan Grisham) carlos.paz@mail.house.gov
Lauren Dart (Luján) Lauren.Dart@mail.house.gov  

Washington D.C.– Today, Reps. Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement after meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to advocate on behalf of New Mexico farmers and ranchers who, following production losses, could be negatively impacted by reduced federal assistance.

“After learning of this troubling issue in August, we urgently engaged with the USDA on behalf of New Mexico farmers and ranchers. We appreciate Secretary Perdue meeting with us for a productive conversation on this issue. We look forward to continuing to work with the Secretary so that every impacted farmer and rancher is made whole.”

On August 17th, Reps. Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) sent a letter to Sec. Perdue asking for additional information regarding the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico’s decision to require repayment of Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) disbursements.  The full text of the letter can be read here.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when natural disasters cause low yields, cause loss of inventory, or prevent planting. Farmers and ranchers depend on NAP to plan and ensure that they can continue to run their farms in case of natural events that are out of their control.

For Rio Arriba County, the 2017 crop yield, which NAP assistance is based on, was initially set at 4.18 tons/acre. The NM State USDA FSA later determined that they would be adjusting the crop yield for 2017 to 2.76 tons/acre. This significant and unexpected revision by the USDA will have serious implications for farmers or ranchers.

###

  • Office Locations

    Office Name Location Image Map URL
    Washington DC 2231 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, D.C, 20515
    Ph: (202) 225-6190
    Fax: (202) 226-1528
       
    Santa Fe Office 1611 Calle Lorca, Suite A
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    Ph: (505) 984-8950
    Fax: (505) 986-5047
       
    Rio Rancho Office 3200 Civic Center NE Suite 330
    Rio Rancho, NM 87144
    Ph: (505) 994-0499
    Fax: (505) 994-0550
       
    Farmington Office 800 Municipal Dr.
    Farmington, NM 87401
    Ph: (505) 324-1005
    Fax: (505) 324-1026
       
    Gallup Office 110 West Aztec Avenue
    Gallup, NM 87301
    Ph: (505) 863-0582
    Fax: (505) 863-0678
       
    Las Vegas Office PO Box 1368
    903 University Ave.
    Las Vegas, NM 87701
    Ph: (505) 454-3038
    Fax: (505) 454-3265
       
    Tucumcari Office 404 W. Route 66 Blvd.
    Tucumcari, NM 88401
    Ph: (575) 461-3029
    Fax: (575) 461-3192
       
           
  • HIDDEN_WEBSITE_VARIABLES

     

    How to use: Insert <span class="EXACT_VALUE_LABEL_AS_ENTERED_BELOW">&nbsp;</span> where you'd like the value to be populated.

    Non-breaking space within span tags - &nbsp; - is required for WYSIWYG.

    Label
    (no spaces or special characters)

    Value

    Comments (optional)
    repName John Smith  
    helpWithFedAgencyAddress Haverhill District Office
    1234 S. Courthouse
    Haverhill, CA 35602
     
    district 21st District of California  
    academyUSCitizenDate July 1, 2012  
    academyAgeDate July 1, 2012  
    academyApplicationDueDate October 20, 2012  
    repStateABBR AZ  
    repDistrict 1  
    repState Arizona  
    repDistrictText 1st  
    repPhoto  
    SponsoredBills Sponsored Bills  
    CoSponsoredBills Co-Sponsored Bills  
         
         
         
         
         
  • Press Contact

    For more information about our releases, please contact (202) 226-6104.