Technical Service Provision
Quivira is building Technical Service capacity for New Mexico farmers and ranchers!
Are you a producer who is interested building soil health?
Are you interested in accessing state Healthy Soil Program or NRCS funding?
Are you interested in planning for succession or growth of your operation?
The Carbon Ranch Initiative is developing ways to support farmers and ranchers. We are working to offer grant writing assistance, help with soil assessment, and the creation of farm and ranch plans. If you are interested in support with grants or soil assessment, please reach out to CRI Director, Eva Stricker as she is working to develop these programs and let her know your needs and interests. We are gauging interest in setting up sliding scale, fee-for-service services.
We Are Accepting Applications for Free Ranch Plans!
We have received grant funding from the NRCS to help create eight ranch plans in 2021. For best consideration, apply by February 1, 2021. Having a ranch plan can help you prioritize management, access funding, and reach your goals. Application below.
What is in the ranch plan?
Ranch managers will collaborate with Quivira’s Carbon Ranch Initiative planning team to create comprehensive, long-term, whole-ranch plans based on soil health best practices, economic objectives, and ranch values. Our team will introduce you to scientifically informed and ranch-specific soil health management protocols and practices. In addition, we will work with you throughout the planning process, providing technical assistance on grazing plans, enterprise analysis, and soil health assessments. We understand that the cost of implementing new practices can be prohibitive and that having a plan is often a prerequisite for receiving federal or state assistance. Most importantly, the plan and our technical service will connect you with local, state-wide, and national resources to help you achieve your goals.
What is soil health?
The NRCS defines soil health as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Healthy soil serves important functions such as regulating water, filtering pollutants, sustaining plant and animal life, cycling nutrients, and providing stability and structure. Ranch plans developed with our assistance employ soil health principles defined by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and New Mexico Department of Agriculture:
- Minimize soil disturbance
- Maintain year-round living roots
- Maintain soil cover (i.e. minimize bare ground)
- Increase biodiversity with plant diversity
- Integrate livestock
How can a plan help you?
The planning process guides you in clarifying, evaluating, and prioritizing your short-term and long-term goals into actionable next steps. The plan itself provides detailed documentation and assessment of your current resources and serves as a tool to measure your progress toward meeting those goals. Our team intends for these plans to be living documents that you can continue to develop and adapt to fit your changing circumstances or needs. Built into each plan are opportunities to:
- Combine your knowledge and expertise with that of our planning team to build healthy soil that sustains plant, animal, and human livelihoods.
- Improve your current relationship with federal agencies by demonstrating clear management objectives and connect with other specialists and partners through Quivira’s networks.
- Connect you with cost share programs and other funding opportunities to help you implement conservation practices.
- Create a drought management plan to improve financial resilience long-term and reduce decision-making stress during times of climatic uncertainty.
Apply for a free Ranch Plan!
If your New Mexico-based operation has soil health as a goal, we hope you will apply for a ranch plan!
What We’re Looking for in Applicants
The overall goal of these ranch plans is to improve ranchers’ capacity to manage and improve soil health on operations in New Mexico. The first eight will be grant-funded, and we would like to prioritize ranch managers who identify as historically underserved, have passion and enthusiasm for improving soil health on their ranches, and are deeply involved with their community at a neighborhood, state, or national level. Historically underserved includes individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Identify as of Latinx, Chicanx, Hispanic, Tribal, Black/African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, or mixed ethnicity.
- Have obtained veteran status
- Have annual income at or below poverty level ($26,200 for a family of four)
- Identify as women or LGBTQ+
The ranch managers’ reliance on ranching as a primary source of income, the location of the ranch and its habitat type, and other relevant factors are also considerations. All items included in the selection process and their relative importance are listed in the Grant-Funded Plan Applicant Evaluation Rubric. The CRI Planning project will continue beyond this first cohort of ranch plans, so please do not hesitate to apply or contact us for more information, regardless of how you identify! We want diversity in the current project and to gauge interest in future programming and technical service provision.
We are partners with Mad Agriculture on this project. If you are a rancher/farmer in Colorado, check out Mad Agriculture Farm Planning. Other states, let us know you are interested and we’ll see how we can help.
To apply, please complete the form below. You are also welcome to apply by calling planner Jess Robinson at (505) 393-5146. Please direct any questions or comments on the application evaluation process or any questions about the program or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.