New Mexico Department of Agriculture

HD3, NMDA, NMSU announce “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food”, November 9-10 in Las Cruces

The High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up accelerator – the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) will co-host the next HD3 Discovery Day™ – “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food” – November 9-10, 2016 in Las Cruces.  The event will focus on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities within or that impact the agriculture, value-added food products and food industries.

“You can think of this event as Shark Tank for the agricultural and food-related sectors, both of which are significant economic drivers for our state,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said.  “We’re excited to see people of all backgrounds bring forward their projects and ideas to improve market conditions, develop new market opportunities and solve real and significant challenges in agriculture.”

Learn more…

watershed health insert cover

Watershed health resource appears in newspapers statewide

NMDA is proud to present a newspaper insert all about watershed health, a topic that concerns not just those in agriculture but all of New Mexico’s 2 million residents.

2016 marks 25th anniversary of state’s organic program Print

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the state program that inspects and certifies farms, ranches, and other New Mexico businesses that want to label their food and agricultural products as organic.

In 1991, the New Mexico Legislature created the Organic Commodity Commission.  It became known as the Organic Program in 2011 when the legislature relocated the program to NMDA.  The Organic Program offers nationally accredited organic certification for farmers, ranchers, and food processors throughout New Mexico, as well as application and marketing assistance.

Learn more about NMDA’s Organic Program.

Deadline for Livestock Owners Affected by Snowstorm Goliath
to Apply to USDA for Potential Loss Coverage

Posted December 30, 2015 / Updated February 5, 2016

Dairy farmers, ranchers, and other livestock owners whose animals have been impacted by recent snowstorms in New Mexico are encouraged to contact their county office of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) as soon as possible to make their losses known.  FSA may be able to help such producers cover some of their financial losses.

Additional details from FSA’s New Mexico Office:

If the livestock died in 2015, that is a 2015 loss.  The deadline to file an application for payment for this year was initially February 1, 2016, but the Washington, DC, office of FSA has since extended it to March 31, 2016, according to the New Mexico office of FSA.

If the livestock died in 2016, this is a 2016 loss, giving the producer until January 30, 2017 to file an application for payment.

An affected producer must still call the county office within 30 days of the date he/she realized his/her livestock died.

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