Celebrations honor patron saint of farmers

Posted at: 05/15/2013 8:42 AM
Updated at: 05/15/2013 11:24 AM
By: The Associated Press

Saint Isidore the Farmer
Saint Isidore the Farmer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - It will be a day of praying for rain and blessings for fields and community ditches as New Mexico Catholics gather to honor San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers.

Prayer processions are planned Saturday in Albuquerque's South Valley and in the historic village of Agua Fria near Santa Fe.

Organizers say they hope the celebrations will help ease what has turned into a third consecutive year of drought for New Mexico.

Federal climate maps show New Mexico is in the worst condition of any state. More than 80 percent of the state is dealing with extreme and exceptional drought conditions.

Reservoirs remain at record lows, and the Middle Rio Grande Irrigation District on Tuesday warned some of its farmers who rely on a water bank that deliveries will be curtailed.

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