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Producers in the Southwest will likely face warmer-than-average temperatures and less precipitation this winter due to the occurrence of La Niña, at a time when reservoir levels are dangerously low.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released its La Niña outlook for the first part of 2022, expecting warmer and drier conditions across the Southwest. NOAA expects drought to continue or worsen across much of the West, although the Pacific Northwest will see some relief.

“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore,” said Mark Twain, which rings even more true today. Brokers who spoke with WLJ wished there was more land, as the lack of inventory and the number of buyers has made it a seller’s market.

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) has sued the Biden administration on behalf of one of their rancher members, claiming that listing the southwestern willow flycatcher under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has caused harm to their member’s property values and livelihood. 

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