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WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced additional progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement (The Agreement), which entered into force on February 14, 2020. Recent actions described below build upon the actions announced by USDA and USTR on February 25, March 10, and March 24. These are difficult times for both our countries. It is important that we each continue to work to make our agreement a success. Because of this continued progress due to the Agreement:
New Mexico State University's Arrowhead Center is celebrating the success of Emerging Technology Ventures Inc. (ETV). The company, which has taken part in several Arrowhead Center programs, recently received a $200,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award.
"Arrowhead Center and NMSU have played an integral role in our growth as a company since 2015 when our first engineering interns joined us from NMSU," said Cliff Hudson, ETV's chief executive officer. ETV has taken part in AgSprint – an accelerator for agriculturally focused businesses – and was the 2018 winner of AgAssembly.
WASHINGTON— With Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) asks visitors to follow state and local public health guidance, come prepared, be flexible, and respect other users as well as natural and cultural resources on public lands. The BLM provides great opportunities for visitors to enjoy America's open spaces – and to reflect on the sacrifices made by the United States Armed Services veterans who died serving our country.
"This Memorial Day, please take time to remember and honor those men and women who gave their lives to protect our nation and the values we hold dear. And if you do choose to get outside on your public lands with friends and family over the weekend, please do so responsibly and safely," said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
"Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural businesses and agricultural producers and being a strong supporter of all aspects of the rural economy," Secretary Perdue said. "Ensuring more rural agricultural producers are able to gain access to much-needed capital in these unprecedented times is a cornerstone of that commitment."
LAS CRUCES – Consumers searching for New Mexico agricultural products may find items listed on the New Mexico Department of Agriculture website.
"During this unprecedented time, there have been many instances in which we've needed to identify food sources quickly," said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. "This new resource allows consumers to connect with agricultural businesses and producers right here in New Mexico."
As part of the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Agriculture has assisted with identifying sources and securing food in a timely manner, whether it has been for food banks or for New Mexico's Nations, Tribes and Pueblos. To add to this effort, now consumers can link directly to local producers and agricultural businesses.
Wood hauling resumes after severe winter weather impacts
SANTA FE, NM – The Forestry Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department continues to conduct forest restoration projects that provide logs to local wood-using businesses affected by the ongoing legal injunction impacting all five National Forests in our state, while at the same time reducing wildfire risk in these areas. At the Direction of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Forestry Division is working with private landowners in the Zuni Mountains and elsewhere. As the injunction continues to impact timber harvesting in National Forests, the Forestry Division is proactively organizing landscape restoration projects on private land in the Zuni Mountains that will reduce wildfire risks.
The Forestry Division is partnering with local businesses on these restoration projects to keep supplies available and preserve jobs to local businesses in Milan and Reserve.
Energy saving programs offered to customers across New Mexico
(Albuquerque, N.M.) – As outside temperatures climb so do the opportunities to save money on electric bills. The demand for electricity is at its highest during the summer with so many people turning on their air conditioners to cool their home. Families can expect to see that higher electricity usage reflected in their summer bills; therefore, PNM is offering some practical tips on how to save electricity and money as the hottest time of the year quickly approaches.
Cooling the home:
1) Cooling adds up to about 50 percent of your electric bill in the summer. Set your thermostat as high as comfort permits. Save two to four percent on electricity for every degree higher the thermostat is set. Consider using a programmable thermostat to automatically have it do the work for you.
SANTA FE – Due to safety concerns over the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Day will be commemorated by the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) with limited observances at its Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, the Fort Stanton State Veterans Cemetery, and the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery.
The Fort Stanton and Gallup State Veterans cemeteries have cancelled ceremonies but will be open for normal gravesite visitation during regular 8 a.m.-5 p.m. business hours. Cemetery staff will place miniature American flags at each gravesite on Friday, May 22. On May 25, full-size flags will be flown at half-staff throughout the day. The administrative offices will be closed.
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