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Extension offers April 27 meeting to discuss fire damage in Roosevelt, Curry counties

CLOVIS, N.M. - Curry and Roosevelt county producers have suffered a huge loss from recent fires that have destroyed nearly 17,000 acres of land - the majority of that rangeland designated for livestock grazing. In response, New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service is offering a free informational meeting where producers can talk with various experts and decide what their next steps should be.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Extension Building on the Curry County Fairgrounds, 1900 East Brady, Clovis.

"This meeting offers producers a chance to ask questions of several different agencies - at one location - and learn information that will benefit them as they try to decide what their options are," said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County agricultural Extension agent.

Producers are further challenged by high winds and a lack of rainfall to heal the burned land. While many producers are unsure of what to do about their losses, some have already taken action and sold their livestock because there are no plants for grazing, Kircher added.

Attending the meeting will be representatives from all U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies, including the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources and Conservation Service and Farmers Home Administration. There will be representation from an Extension range specialist and Extension veterinarian, as well as the State Health and County Emergency Management offices. Kircher said experts will be available until all questions have been answered.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, contact Stan Jones, Curry County agricultural Extension agent, by April 26. For more information, contact Jones at 575-763-6505 or Kircher at 575-356-4417.