Completed Project Report


Navajo Rancher Sustainability Project

  • Award Amount: $47,880
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2017 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Michael Patrick
  • Email: jmpat@nmsu.edu
  • Organization: New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service

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Project Overview

The goal of the Navajo Rancher Sustainability Project was been to increase rancher profitability and sustainability by reducing producer production, marketing, financial and legal risk. To achieve this, the project: conducted 47 workshops with over 1,000 ranchers in attendance; held 6 USDA and Navajo Nation resource fairs with 253 ranchers and community members in attendance; provided technical assistance to 112 ranchers on a range of management/operations issues; and assisted 117 ranchers complete their BIA Eastern Navajo Agency conservation plans, a requirement to hold a valid grazing permit, which in-turn, is requirement for applying for assistance under most USDA (NRCS, FSA, RMA) programs.

Workshop topics included: adopting improved rangeland management practices and monitoring protocols; adopting improved herd (cattle, sheep, goats) health practices; developing ranch management and marketing plans; adopting improved recording keeping and financial analysis for monitoring ranch operations; and knowing the application requirements for applying for USDA and Navajo Nation program resources and services.

Over 95% of the ranchers completing project activity “satisfaction surveys” said the information received was “very helpful” and 100% said they planned to use the information to improve their ranching operations.


Number of Participants: 1018

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