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Federal Funding Available to Montezuma County Ag Landowners

11/10/2022

The USDA wants to help landowners remove Russian Olive and Saltcedar weeds from agricultural properties in Montezuma County. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Keesee Motors and the Law Firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley

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Federal funding is available for Montezuma County agricultural landowners who weed their property. And a new official Montezuma County Road Map is up for discussion. Plus, kick off the holiday season with the second annual Manos Art Market. You're watching the Local News Roundup, brought to you by Keesee Motors and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley. I'm Wendy Graham Settle. Agricultural landowners in Montezuma County are being encouraged to remove Russian olive and salt cedar weeds from their property. Agricultural landowners whose property falls within the project boundaries and have farm records with the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, need to apply for funding that can help them remove the weeds. Through a regional conservation partnership program, the US Department of Agriculture will reimburse landowners on a per-acre removal basis. The funding is the result of a partnership between US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Montezuma County Noxious Weed Department. Landowners who qualify need to apply by December 1st. The application is available online at nrcs.usda.gov. The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, November 15th to determine the Official County Road Map. The proposed Official Road Map is on display in the Commissioners Hearing Room 250 on Main Street in Cortez. It's also available for download on the Montezuma County website. Tuesday's meeting will be open to public comment, or you can contact the county's GIS department prior to the meeting. View the map online before the meeting at montezumacounty.org. As the holiday season draws closer, the Mancos Art District is making it easier to keep holiday spending dollars closer to home. The second annual Mancos Art Market will feature goods from local artists, food trucks, holiday drinks, live music, and more. Over 40 local artists will display their work at Fenceline Cidery and the Mancos Opera House. Shops and galleries downtown will also be open in offering special activities. The Mancos Art Market is scheduled from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 27th. To learn more about the art market and other events coming up, visit mancoscreativedistrict.com. That's it for this week's Local News Roundup. I'm Wendy Graham Settle.

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