New Mexico food, ag companies invited to free exporting workshop
Food and agriculture companies of all sizes from across New Mexico are invited to attend a free, daylong workshop to learn how to build their business by exporting. The “Explore Exporting” workshop happens Tuesday, December 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Las Cruces. Those interested in attending must register on or before Friday, November 27.
Register for the “Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture” community meetings
Beginning December 2015 and continuing through March 2016, New Mexico First and New Mexico State University’s County Extension Service will convene a diverse group of agriculture stakeholders at 11 meetings across the state to identify industry trends, challenges and solutions.
New Mexico painter recognized for contributions to Western arts
A New Mexico painter whose work depicts contemporary cowboy life was honored by the state this week for his longtime contributions to the rich culture of the West. Gary Morton of Sapello, north of Las Vegas, N.M., accepted the 2015 Rounders Award from New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and New Mexican writer Max Evans.
Evans’ classic western novel and subsequent Hollywood movie The Rounders is the award’s namesake. Created in 1990 at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the Rounders Award honors those who “live, promote, and articulate the western way of life.”
State lab earns accreditation, expands services to protect New Mexico’s animal health
The state lab whose work helps protect against the spread of disease in New Mexico’s animals – big and small, domesticated and wild – is expanding its services under new national accreditation.
New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s (NMDA) Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) laboratory, located in Albuquerque, analyzes animal specimens – whether a vial of fluid, a piece of tissue, or an entire carcass – to identify disease or determine the cause of death in everything from mice to mules. Now, thanks to the accreditation VDS earned from the National Animal Health Laboratory Network in April, the lab is adding new tests.
Op-ed: New Mexico ag secretary on ag’s role in state economy, culture, water cycle
National Farmers Market Week got me thinking about the economic and cultural importance of not just the state’s 75 farmers markets, but of New Mexico agriculture more broadly.
What would this region be like without the people who have called this place home for centuries and even millennia, thanks in part to the Three Sisters of beans, corn, and squash? How different would the meaning of la comunidad be in northern New Mexico without the water-sharing approach of our acequia system? What water would sustain our state’s wildlife populations if not for the rainwater that sheep and cattle ranchers catch in dirt tanks to water their animals year-round?Print This Page