Join the New Mexico Department of Agriculture on the New Mexico Agriculture Innovation and International Trade Mission to the Netherlands May 6-13!
If you have an agricultural business in New Mexico, don’t miss out on this trade mission opportunity to Panama and Mexico in June! Registration deadline is April 30.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this year, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte spoke with Lorene Mills on Report from Santa Fe. Watch the video:
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