Tom and Mimi Sidwell of the JX Ranch south of Tucumcari recently won the Leopold Conservation Award for New Mexico.
The $10,000 award honors ranchers, farmers and forestland owners who go above and beyond in managing soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat on working land.
The Sidwells will be presented with the award Friday at the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau's annual meeting in Albuquerque.
...The Sidwells have adopted grazing practices that create a resilient landscape and mitigate drought. It once took 58 acres of grass to annually feed a cow at JX Ranch, but now takes just 27...more