Farmer & Rancher



NM LandLink offers an easy-to-find resource library
for farmers, ranchers, and landowners.

Farm and ranch
site visits with technical assistance

Recommend appropriate crop varieties for your farm or ranch

Identify pests, weeds, and plant diseases and offer practical solutions

Provide tons of research-based resources to help you reach your goals

Farm Access Methods - A Decision Guide Land For Good

Farm Rental Assessment Checklist University of Vermont Extension

So You Inherited a Farm: Transfer and Management of Farm Land North Carolina State Extension

Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland Tufts University: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Evaluating a Land Purchase Decision: Economic Analysis Iowa State Extension

Farm Leasing Online Tutorial for Understanding and Negotiating Leases Land for Good

Farm Leases and Rents UC Davis, Small Farm Center, Cooperative Extension

Annotated Multi-Year Farm Lease Template Land For Good

Lease-to-Own Strategies for Acquiring Land Land For Good

Managing Landlord-Tenant Relationships: A Strategic Perspective Ohio State University Extension


Digital Tools and Calculators                                                           

FairRent  (Free Software) Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

Farmland Purchase Analysis (Excel spreadsheet calculator) Iowa State University Extension

Cash Rental Rate Estimation (Excel spreadsheet calculator) Iowa State University Extension



Land Conservation Tax Investment Credit - Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

Conservation & Preservation Tax Credits (Taxation Revenue New Mexico) - New Mexico has a number of conservation and preservation-related tax credits that are given for qualifying efforts to preserve or conserve New Mexico’s cultural, agricultural, and natural resources.

New Mexico PACE Enabling Statutes - These statutes enable New Mexico’s PACE program, also known as the Natural Heritage Conservation Act. Many states have Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) programs that provide funding to purchase development rights on private agricultural land to permanently protect it from non-farm development, keeping more land available for agriculture.



Land Trusts & Conservation


New Mexico Land Conservancy - As the only statewide land trust serving New Mexico, NMLC directs a significant portion of its resources to proactively conserving high conservation-value and productive agricultural land throughout the state.


Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust aims to protect New Mexico’s natural resources and rural quality of life for Bernalillo, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, and Valencia Counties. RGALT, a community-supported, nonprofit, works with farmers and landowners who live in the Middle Rio Grande Valley and are dedicated to preserving working farms, ranches, wildlife habitat, and open space.


Santa Fe Conservation Trust - Since 1993, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust has partnered with many landowners to protect their properties in perpetuity. The Santa Fe Conservation Trust currently owns two fee properties and holds 96 conservation easements protecting over 42,000 acres.


Taos Land Trust - Taos Land Trust is a thirty-four-year-old non-profit that empowers people to protect the land and traditions they love through education, advocacy, and conservation. Taos Land Trust is an accredited member of the National Land Trust Alliance (LTA) in New Mexico and has formally adopted LTA Standards & Practices. 


New Farmer Toolbox Center for Environmental Farming Systems

A Beginning Farmer Workbook Purdue University Extension

How to Begin Your Small Farm Dream Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

Beginning Farmer Podcast – Regeneration Rising Quivira Coalition (Santa Fe)

An Introduction to Farm Business Planning (free 8-part series) National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Fact Sheet: Loans for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Farm Service Agency

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Microloans Farm Service Agency

Basic Accounting: Guidance for Beginning Farmers ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

Farmers Guide to Agricultural Credit Rural Advancement Foundation International

Beginning Farmer Down Payment Loan Farm Service Agency 

Preparing Farmers to Meet with Lenders (Webinar) Farm Credit Council

Commercial Lender List for New Mexico

Organic Seed Suppliers – Finding, Choosing, Ordering, Saving, & Planting Heirloom, Organic, Open Pollinated & Non-GMO Varieties


Las Vegas, NM Demonstration & Training Farm NMSU Extension

Growing Forward Farm’s New Farmer Incubator (Aztec, NM) NMSU Extension

Grow the Growers (Albuquerque, NM)

Navajo Ethno-Agriculture (Nenahnezad, New Mexico)

Mandy’s Farm (Albuquerque, NM) - A program of Agribility designed specifically for people with disabilities who wish to access education and vocational support to cultivate a farming career.

Growing Zones, Recommended Crop Varieties, and Planting and Harvesting Information for Vegetables in New Mexico NMSU Extension

Selecting Vegetable Crops for Small-Scale Desert Production University of Nevada Extension

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Mulches for Vegetable Production in New Mexico NMSU Extension

Commercial vegetable production with plastic mulches NMSU Extension

Vegetable Seed Saving for Home Gardeners and Small-scale Farmers NMSU Extension

Row Cover Vegetable Production Techniques NMSU Extension

Home Vegetable Gardening in New Mexico NMSU Extension

When to Harvest Vegetables NMSU Extension

Harvesting Crops for Market New Entry Sustainable Farming Project


New Mexico Peanut Production NMSU Extension

Bulb Onion Culture and Management for Southern New Mexico NMSU Extension


Viticulture and Wine


Growing Grapes in New Mexico NMSU Extension

Grapevine Phenology: Annual Growth and Development NMSU Extension

Selecting, Operating, and Maintaining pH Meters and Electrodes for Wineries NMSU Extension

Managing Weeds in Grapes in New Mexico NMSU Extension

Managing Grape Leaf Hoppers on New Mexico Grape Vines NMSU Extension

Grape Powdery Mildew NMSU Extension

Improving Size and Quality of Seedless Grapes NMSU Extension

Grape Varieties for North- Central NM NMSU Extension

Pruning Grapes to Four-arm Kniffen System NMSU Extension

Soil Sampling With Respect to Salinity in New Mexico Vineyards NMSU Extension

Grapevine Renovation Series NMSU Extension


Orchards & Nuts


Designing A Pecan Orchard  NMSU Extension

Pecan Orchard Management Schedule  NMSU Extension

Integrated Weed Management in Pecan Orchards  NMSU Extension

Pecan Orchard Fertilization NMSU Extension

Planning and Operating Pecan Orchards With Drip and Microspray Irrigation Systems NMSU Extension

Fertilization Programs for Apple Orchards NMSU Extension

Pruning the Home Orchard NMSU Extension

Soils and Sites For Organic Orchards And Vineyards  NCAT Agriculture Specialists

Floriculture and Ornamental Nurseries Pest Management Guidelines University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

Livestock and Rangeland Management NMSU Extension

Pasture, Rangeland, and Adaptive Grazing National Center for Appropriate Technology

Managing Weeds with Livestock University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

Grazing Cover Crops: A How-to Guide Land Stewardship Project

Profitable Pork: Alternative Strategies for Hog Producers SARE

Help Your Horse Handle Heat Stress NMSU Extension

Grazing Planning Manual And Workbook ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

Beef Farm Sustainability Checksheet ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

Building Healthy Pasture Soils ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

Sheep: Sustainable And Organic Production National Center for Appropriate Technology


Livestock Compass Developed by the University of Wisconsin, this financial calculator is designed to help you measure the profitability of your meat and/or egg operations.

Finance and Production Beef Calculators This site features multiple calculators. The one most broadly useful in analyzing one’s operation is the Feedyard Cash Flow planning tool. It includes a number of fields irrelevant to pasture-based operations but is helpful for more complex operations or those who want to engage in more rigorous analysis. Other calculators on that page support specific decision points. Iowa Extension Beef Center

Pasture-Raised Beef Calculator This calculator, created by the Pasture Project, is appropriate for cow-calf, stocker, finishing, or direct market enterprises and includes five-year cash flow projections and a value calculator for purchase and sales decisions. It is designed for beef but can be modified to be appropriate for any pasture-based animal production. The Pasture Project

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Selection and Use of Insecticides for Organic Production NMSU Extension

Integrated Pest Management for Pollinator Conservation in Home Gardens and Small Farms NMSU Extension

Integrated Pest Management Strategies for Common Garden Insect Pests of New Mexico NMSU Extension

Guide to the Biological Control of Some Common Yard and Garden Pest Insects in New Mexico NMSU Extension

Integrated pest management (IPM) for home gardeners NMSU Extension

Floriculture and Ornamental Nurseries Pest Management Guidelines University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources


How to Take a Soil Sample NMSU Extension

Building Soils for Better Crops Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Appropriate Analysis for New Mexico Soils NMSU Extension

Understanding Soil Health for Production Agriculture in New Mexico NMSU Extension

An Introduction to Soil Salinity and Sodium Issues in New Mexico NMSU Extension

Interpreting Soil Tests: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soil NMSU Extension

An Introduction to Soil Salinity and Sodium Issues in New Mexico NMSU Extension

Reducing Tillage in Arid and Semi-arid Cropping Systems: An Overview NMSU Extension

Understanding and Managing Soil Compaction in Agricultural Fields NMSU Extension

Soil Health—Importance, Assessment, and Management NMSU Extension

Managing Organic Matter in Farm and Garden Soils NMSU Extension

Soil Moisture Monitoring: Low-Cost Tools And Methods ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture 

Soil Moisture Measurement and Sensors for Irrigation Management  Utah State Extension

Soil Health Literature-The Science Behind Healthy Soil  USDA

Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides online soil data for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties- the largest natural resource information system in the world. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Backyard Composting NMSU Extension

Vermicomposting NMSU Extension

Farmer's Compost Handbook Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Making and Using Compost for Organic Farming Oregon State University

Building Soils for Better Crops (Ch 13. Making and Using Composts) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Annie’s Project - A 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing educational programs designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise.

Value-Added Producer Grants in New Mexico - USDA’s Local Agriculture Market Program

Agricultural Workforce Development Program Grant - NM Department of Agriculture

Healthy Soil Grant Program - NM Department of Agriculture

Local Farmer Innovation Enterprise (LIFE) Grants - New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association

Micro-Loan Program for New Mexico Farmers - New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association

Farmers of Color Network Fund- Infrastructure Grant - Rural Advancement Foundation International

La Montañita's Fund - La Montañita Food Co-op

Leopold Conservation Award - Sand County Foundation

Farmers & Food Enterprises 0% Interest Loans (San Juan County) - Four Corner's Slow Money


The Farm Service Agency offers loans to help farmers and ranchers get the financing they need to start, expand or maintain a family farm.


Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans - Farm Service Agency

Emergency Farm Loans - Farm Service Agency

Farm Operating Loans- Farm Service Agency

Farm Ownership Loans - Farm Service Agency

Guaranteed Farm Loans - Farm Service Agency

Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers - Farm Service Agency

Native American Tribal Loans - Farm Service Agency

Microloan Programs - Farm Service Agency

American Grassfed Certified - Standards apply to ruminant meat animals - beef, bison, goat, lamb and sheep. Animals are fed grass only and forage from weaning until harvest. Animals are raised on pasture without confinement. Animals are never treated with antibiotics or growth-added hormones. Animals are born and raised on American family farms.

Animal Welfare Approved - An independent, non-profit farm certification ensuring animals are raised on pasture or range (land covered with vegetation for grazing or foraging by animals).

Beef Quality Assurance Certified (BQA) - A nationally coordinated, state implemented program that trains U.S. farmers and ranchers on best practice cattle management techniques to ensure their animals and the environment are cared for within a standard set of guidelines and regulations across the U.S, beef industry.

Best Aquaculture Practices Certified (BAP) - The Best Aquaculture Practices is the only third-party aquaculture certification program that encompasses the entire production chain, including the processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill.

Cage Free Certified - Eggs laid by hens that are able to roam vertically and horizontally in indoor houses/barns, and have access to fresh food and water.

Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) - Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food, flowers, and fiber for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (Certified) - DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations. African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged.

Food Alliance Certified - Food Alliance certification is a voluntary means for agricultural producers and food companies to address growing customer demand for traceability, transparency, and social and environmental responsibility. Food Alliance is the most experienced sustainable agriculture certifier in the United States

Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices (GAP & GHP) - This voluntary program is offered to the fruit and vegetable industry to verify an operation’s efforts to minimize the risk of contamination of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts by microbial pathogens.

Non-GMO Project Verified - The Non-GMO Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to building and preserving the non-GMO food supply for all.

Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) - The Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) Program has been in effect since 1999, when the European Union (EU) and the U.S. agreed to control measures to facilitate the trade of non-hormone treated beef, including veal.

Organic (Certified) - Certification that crops and/or animals, respectively, that are grown without synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or sewage sludge; are not genetically engineered or irradiated; are not treated with synthetic hormones or antibiotics; are only fed organically grown feed (without animal byproducts); have access to the outdoors and if are ruminants, have access to pasture; and are not cloned.

Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) - Regenerative Organic Certified® is a revolutionary new certification for food, textiles, and personal care ingredients. Regenerative Organic Certified® farms and products meet the highest standards in the world for soil health, animal welfare, and farmworker fairness.

USDA State Inspected - State Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) Programs are an integral part of the nation's food safety system.

USDA Inspected - The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U. S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the Nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.