PECAN WEEVIL EMERGENCY QUARANTINE
The recent findings of pecan weevil in residential and commercial pecan trees in several eastern New Mexico towns and cities has prompted New Mexico Department of Agriculture to implement an emergency quarantine. The quarantine identifies Curry, Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties as currently infested with pecan weevil and places restrictions on the movement of in-shell pecans originating in those counties and destined to other New Mexico counties. The quarantine also places requirements on pecan buyers and on cold storage facilities that are using freezing as one method to kill pecan weevil. Pecan weevil is considered the most serious insect pest of pecans and is considered established in all pecan growing regions of the country except far west Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. It is primarily spread to new pecan growing areas through the movement of pecan weevil infested pecans and equipment that harbors infested pecans.
Questions? Contact New Mexico Department of Agriculture at 575-646-3007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New organic fee schedule for New Mexico takes effect Jan. 1
If you’re certified through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) Organic Program, please be aware of a new fee schedule that takes effect Jan. 1.
After many collaborative listening sessions with the organic community, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has developed a new fee schedule to address the need for a self-sustaining fee structure for the organic program. The new fee schedule will encompass an application fee and an hourly fee to complete the certification process. The new rule also allows the department to charge mileage and per diem for inspectors’ travel. The New Mexico State University Board of Regents adopted the new rule 21.15.1 NMAC, Organic Agriculture, at its Oct. 5 meeting.
The NMDA’s Organic Program is accredited through the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program and provides organic certification to farmers, ranchers and processors/handlers throughout New Mexico.
The entire rule – including the new fee schedule – may be viewed on the NMDA website at http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/21.15.1-NMAC-Organic-Agriculure.pdf. At this time, the 2017 application should still be used. If you’re interested in applying for organic certification, please visit http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/marketing/organic-program/.
For more information, please contact NMDA Organic Program Manager Stacy Gerk at 505-320-8590 or email@example.com.
Earlier this year, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte spoke with Lorene Mills on Report from Santa Fe. Watch the video:
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences wish to thank 2017 AG Day sponsors. This event would not be possible without your support!
New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, El Paso-Las Cruces Chevy Dealers, F&A Dairy Products Inc., Select Milk Producers, Inc., Monsanto, New Mexico Oil and Gas, Farm Credit of New Mexico ACA, Southwest Cheese Company LLC, New Mexico Beef Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Nissan of Las Cruces, FMH Kubota, New Mexico Chile Commission, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, New Mexico Stockman magazine, Dairy Max, Western Blend, Mesilla Valley Maze, Helena Inc., New Mexico Dry Onion Commission, Horse N Hound, New Mexico Brewers Guild, New Mexico Wine, Salud de Mesilla, New Mexico Agricultural Leadership, Inspection Masters and New Mexico Crop Production Association.
Many exhibitors helped make 2017 AG Day a success! Thank you all!
New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, El Paso-Las Cruces Chevy Dealers, New Mexico Oil and Gas, Farm Credit of New Mexico ACA, Southwest Cheese Company LLC, New Mexico Beef Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, FMH Kubota, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, New Mexico Stockman magazine, Dairy Max, Western Blend, Helena Inc., Horse N Hound, USDA-NRCS, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Dona Ana County Farm Bureau, Bud Deerman, New Mexico CowBelles, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts, Southwest Dairy Farmers, New Mexico Ag in the Classroom, Iron City Equipment, New Mexico Coalition of Conservation Districts, Roadrunner Food Bank, Bueno Foods, New Mexico 4-H and Miss Rodeo New Mexico
We’d also like to thank the following NMSU groups:
Aggies Go Global
Animal & Range Sciences
Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
Collegiate Farm Bureau
Cooperative Extension Service
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Entomology, Plant Pathology & Weed Science
Family Resource Center
Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Ecology
Plant and Environmental Sciences
School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
Southwest Border Food Protection & Emergency Preparedness Center
Water Science & Management Graduate Program
THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING NEW MEXICO AGRICULTURE!
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