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NMSU receives grant to help deal with drought


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New Mexico State University has received a $1.18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund research on how farmers and ranchers can best deal with drought conditions.

The award was made by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and its Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate grant program.

The research will focus on the Southern Great Plains region, which involves Union County, New Mexico; Las Animas, Colorado; and Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

“To develop a sustainable food and agricultural system for future generations, we must learn how to manage our natural resources better, particularly our scarce water resources in the Southern Great Plains,” said NMSU President John Floros.

Part of the effort will involve scientists at the university and its associated Cooperative Extension offices working with land managers to gather information and acquire knowledge and then communicating findings back to ranchers, farmers and the public, according to Amy Ganguli, associate professor of range science at NMSU.

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