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New Mexico beer and wine
join other local food and
drink at New Mexico State Fair

For the first time, adult fairgoers this year will be able to find a favorite among several New Mexico-made beers and wines during the New Mexico State Fair, happening Sept. 10-20 in Albuquerque.

Thursday, Sept. 10 kicks off a series of events dubbed the Reds, Whites, and Brews Mini-Fest, where people of legal drinking age can buy New Mexico beer by the can and New Mexico wine by the glass.  NMDA will offer samples of New Mexico cheese to pair with the wines, as well as samples of New Mexico pecans, pistachios, and peanuts for fairgoers to snack on during the mini-fest.

Read about this and other NMDA events at the New Mexico State Fair celebrating local food and drink.

 

Carole Johnson is one of several scientists at NMDA’s Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) lab who performs tests to identify disease and cause of death in animals large and small from across the state.  Under new accreditation, the Albuquerque lab is now permitted to conduct more specialized tests.

Carole Johnson is one of several scientists at NMDA’s Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) lab who performs tests to identify disease and cause of death in animals.

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.

New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte was raised on a ranch in northern New Mexico.

New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte was raised on a ranch in northern New Mexico.

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?

Read more…

 

NM Ag Leadership programNMDA encourages people
in New Mexico food, agriculture
to apply for agricultural leadership program

The New Mexico Agricultural Leadership (NMAL) is a multidisciplinary, statewide, 18-month program that helps develop knowledgeable, multicultural leaders for New Mexico’s food, agricultural and natural resource sectors.  The program includes visits with diverse leaders; tours of industrial, agricultural, natural, cultural, and social sites; and exploration of effective communication and leadership skills.

NMDA is one of many proud sponsors of the program.  New Mexico Secretary Jeff Witte was instrumental in the creation of the program more than a decade ago.

Apply now to become part of the 11th cohort, scheduled to begin this November.  For more information call 575 646 6691 or e-mail nmal@nmsu.edu.

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