News

Website back online – and growing!

Thanks for visiting sanjuanswcd.com! We are proud to announce the return of our website after several months in an internet black hole (pro tip – ALWAYS remember to have multiple back-ups of your content!). The website has been rebuilt, but we are still adding content all the time. Check back frequently as we restore your favorite content, and update our Resources page with useful links about soil, water, weeds, and more.

As always, feel free to contact our office with any questions or suggestions about the site.

Ag Notes Newsletter – Summer 2020

The 2020 Summer publication of Ag Notes Newsletter, put out by the San Juan County Extension Office, is here! Check out all the exciting things happening near you these next few months, and be sure so sign up for classes and events before registrations are full. Just click on the image below or the link here.

Movin’ On Up!

Big changes are ahead for San Juan SWCD! For the past year, we have been working with Formative Architecture to design the future headquarters of our District. The above rendering gives you an idea of what it will look like. We are currently seeking proposals from contractors in order to move on to the construction phase. Visit our Get Involved page for details on how to access the full RFP. A mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held 11:00am September 24th at 200 S. Ash St. Aztec, NM.

Oh yeah, did we mention the USDA Service Center is ALSO relocating? While we build our future home, we will be joining the three USDA agencies – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Rural Development (RD) as they move across Aztec to the “Red Barn” building next to the Senior Center and across from the Aztec Library at 200 S. Ash. This move will be taking place in mid-October, so please be patient as we prepare for this move. COVID-19 restrictions on occupancy and customer access to our office are still in place as of September, so email or phone is still the best way to reach us as our staff work primarily from home.

New home of the USDA Service Center

SWCD Board Elections – 11/5

Did you know that this is the first time you can vote for San Juan SWCD board of supervisors on the general election ballot? Our board has 7 positions, five of which are elected by residents of the District, and two which are nominated by the board and appointed by the NM Soil & Water Conservation Commission. Three positions are up for election in 2019. Current supervisor and Vice Chair DeAnne McKee is running unopposed for her seat in Position 1. Cash Carruth is currently on the board in an appointed position, and is running unopposed for supervisor Position 2.

Emma Lee Deyo, who worked as the San Juan SWCD District Manager from 2008-2016, has served in the other appointed supervisor position on the board since June 2018, and is now running for elected Position 5. Catherine Thomas Kemp is a newcomer to the SWCD world, and is also running for Position 5.

You can read more about the candidates in this article from the Farmington Daily Times:

https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/2019/10/24/voter-guide-four-candidates-seek-seats-conservation-district-board/4003452002/

Don’t forget to cast your vote by 7:00pm on November 5th! 

2019 San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District Poster Contest

It’s time for San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual Poster Contest! This competition is a fun way to get young people excited about conservation.

2019 Theme: “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”

FIRST PLACE $50 • SECOND PLACE $25 • THIRD PLACE $10

All posters will be displayed at Farmington Public Library during Earth Week. Winners will be chosen by the community and San Juan SWCD board members.

Winners and their families will be invited to attend San Juan SWCD’s December 3rd Annual board meeting, where prizes will be awarded.

Rules

Each poster should be no larger than 22”x 28”; 11”x 17” posters are preferred. All posters should incorporate the title “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”. Posters submitted that do not relate to this year’s conservation topic theme will not be included in the judging.
Posters will be judged on conservation message, creativity, and visual appeal. The artwork must be the original work of the student. No photographs, magazine, or newspaper cutouts may be used.
Please include an entry form with each poster that includes: student’s name, school and teacher’s name, and student’s home phone number and mailing address (so winners can be notified).
Posters should be delivered to the Farmington Public Library Multipurpose Room
(2101 Farmington Avenue, Farmington)
between 10 and 11 am on April 13, 2019
Judging will be from 11 am -1pm
Students are encouraged to come and promote their work during judging!

Thank you and we look forward to your amazing artwork!
Melissa May, 505-334-3090 Ext 5 melissa.may@sanjuanswcd.com

NOTICE: During the COVID-19 outbreak, our staff is working remotely. To contact us, email business@sanjuanswcd.com, or call our new office phone number (505-234-6040) which will connect you directly to us. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding.