Ag resource fair to address loss of agricultural land tax status in Taos County

March 23, 2015

TAOS – An agricultural resource fair to help Taos County landowners who are, or will be, affected by the recent loss of agricultural land tax status will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Juan I. Gonzales Memorial Agricultural Center, 202 Chamisa Road, in Taos.

“This year’s fair will address the loss of agricultural land tax status that has been reported in the media lately,” said Tony Valdez, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agent in Taos County. “Various government agencies and agricultural organizations will be present to provide information to individuals to help them alleviate the loss of their tax status.”

Taos County Assessor’s Office representatives will be at the fair to answer questions pertaining to the Agricultural Special Methods of Valuation Statute.

There may also be information presented on the results of state legislative bills regarding the state’s Agricultural Land Tax Statute that were introduced this session by N.M. Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Taos, and N.M. Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales,D-Taos.

Two roundtable discussions will be held – one at 10:30 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m. – to further explore ways to continue agricultural farming and ranching in Taos County.

“If you would like to learn more about all the agricultural resources that are available to you, and get familiar with the agencies and organizations that serve you, this event is for you,” Valdez said. “Agencies and agricultural business organizations will be available to talk with you in person about what is available to you.”

In addition, Nick Martinez from Monte Vista, Colorado, will be present to shear sheep in the 4-H arena. Sheep owners are asked to RSVP to schedule a time for sheep flock appointment.

This free educational event is provided by Taos Soil & Water Conservation District, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and NMSU’s Taos County Cooperative Extension Service.

For more information, contact Valdez at 575-758-3982.

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