Friday, July 1, 2022

Play

The U.S. Supreme Court strips the EPA's power to curb pollution, California takes a big step toward universal health care, and a Florida judge will temporarily block the state's 15-week abortion ban.

Play

SCOTUS significantly limits the Clean Air Act and rules against the "Stay in Mexico" policy, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in to office, and President Biden endorses a filibuster carveout for abortion rights.

Play

From flying saucers to bologna: America's summer festivals kick off, rural hospitals warn they do not have the necessities to respond in the post-Roe scramble, advocates work to counter voter suppression, and campaigns encourage midterm voting in Indian Country.

NM Farmers Still Recovering From Devastating Floods

Play

Friday, November 8, 2013   

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico farmers are plowing ahead following September's devastating floods that led to President Barack Obama granting the state a Disaster Declaration.

Don Bustos, co-director of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) of New Mexico, which works with farmers on sustainable agriculture practices, says growers are still picking up the pieces.

There are estimates that the flooding may have caused up to $100 million of damage to irrigation systems, roads, bridges, houses and other infrastructure.

Bustos says several fields were pretty much wiped out.

"When the rainstorms started up a few weeks ago, the water jumped the irrigation – or the drainage canals – and flooded the fields that we had," he explains.

In the spirit of not quitting, the AFSC is holding its annual Harvest Dinner in the Las Cruces area on Sunday. The annual meal for invited guests showcases foods grown using AFSC's sustainable farming practices.

The floods may have damaged lands and infrastructure, but Bustos says the spirit and unity of New Mexico's farming community remains strong.

"In several instances, I saw several community members coming together – working to help the community flourish and to continue agriculture as it has been," he says.

Obama’s disaster declaration for New Mexico frees up federal funds to help pay for infrastructure repairs.





get more stories like this via email

While most classrooms are empty right now, lingering concerns from the previous school year, such as the pandemic's effect on students and staff, are being dissected ahead of next year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Research is emerging about the secondary trauma school staff members face after helping students during the pandemic. As summer moves forward…


Health and Wellness

A Florida judge plans to put a hold on the state's new, 15-week abortion ban, set to take effect today. He said it is unconstitutional and will issue …

Environment

The Environmental Protection Agency now has fewer tools to fight climate change, after the U.S. Supreme Court stripped the agency of its authority to …


The only memorial to Anne Frank is located in Boise. (Kencf0618/Wikimedia Commons)

Social Issues

Three projects in Idaho have been selected to receive grants from the AARP Community Challenge. Among them is the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in …

Environment

Montanans get a sense of what soil health is like on farms and ranches across the state with Northern Plains Resource Council's soil crawls. The …

Medicare fraud costs taxpayers an estimated $60 billion each year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

A new tool aims to help older adults in Arkansas and beyond who receive Medicare track what happens at their doctor appointments. It also can help …

Social Issues

A campaign in Maine is gathering signatures to replace the state's investor-owned energy grid with a consumer-owned utility. Central Maine Power (…

Social Issues

Another important U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month has been overshadowed by the controversy about overturning abortion rights. Legal experts say …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021