New Mexico Department of Agriculture



NMDA to hold public rule hearings across New Mexico

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017

Contact: Shelby Herrera

575-646-3007 office


(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) –  The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold public hearings in four locations across the state to discuss the adoption and amendment of two rules.

The hearings will be held to propose the repeal and adoption of 21.15.1 NMAC – “Organic Agriculture,” and amendments to 21.34.3 NMAC “Pasteurized Milk Ordinance,” and receive public comment on each proposal.

The hearings will be as follows:

  • In Las Cruces at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 1–2 p.m., and 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • In Portales at the Roosevelt County Extension Office on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 2–3 p.m., and 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • In Santa Fe at the State Capitol building in room 326, on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 8–9 a.m., and 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • In Albuquerque at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 1–2 p.m., and 2:30–3:30 p.m.

During the Organic Agriculture hearings, the new fee structure for the Department’s Organic Program will be proposed.

During the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance hearings amendments will be proposed. These amendments add a reference to additional documents that are used to regulate milk and milk products in New Mexico.

The Organic rule hearings will be held first at each location, with the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance rule hearings to follow.

A copy of the proposed rule is available below, or at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture located at 3190 S. Espina, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

21.15.1 Organic Agriculture Proposed Rule

21.34.3 Pasteurized Milk Ordinance Amendment



Pecan Weevil Interior Quarantine 21.17.36 NMAC

As a result of the recent pecan weevil findings, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has implemented a quarantine effective January 27, 2017. To limit the spread of pecan weevil from infested residential trees to commercial orchards, movement of pecans produced within the city limits of Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs, Artesia, and Lovington are restricted.

Specifics regarding the certification of pecan nuts can be found within the quarantine rule. Information is also available at the affected area’s County Cooperative Extension Offices.  Residential and commercial pecan tree owners should be on the lookout for pecans with round, BB-sized holes in the shells, or legless, white grubs inside the pecan nut. If you suspect you have pecan weevil in your residential pecan trees, contact your local County Cooperative Extension Office.


New Mexico writer, and New Mexico singer/actor, both recognized for contributions to Western arts

Ollie Reed, Jr., a native of Natchez, Mississipi, who moved to New Mexico in October 1976, and Rod Taylor, originally from Lubbock, Texas, who now lives in Cimarron, New Mexico, each accepted a 2016 Rounders Award on October 12 during an afternoon presentation hosted at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte presented the awards, along with New Mexican writer Max Evans, whose 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.”

“Ollie Reed and Rod Taylor both exemplify the true spirit of a “Rounder”, one who has lived and appreciates our Western culture and character through their personal and professional lives,” said Witte, upon presenting the awards.

Reed worked as a reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune, when he first moved to New Mexico. He worked for the Tribune until its demise in February 2008 and is now a staff writer with the Albuquerque Journal. He has written extensively about Western history and popular culture – especially the history and cowboy culture of New Mexico – for the Tribune, the Journal, and True West magazine. He is an editor and contributor to “Max Evans & a Few Friends: The 90th Birthday Book,” published by Rio Grande Books. Reed is a member of the Western Music Association and the Western Writers of America. He won WWA’s 2014 Stirrup Award for an article he wrote about the making of the Longmire TV series in New Mexico.

Taylor has been playing music for more than 30 years; both as a solo artist and with regional bands including The Rounders and, currently, The Rifters. Starting in 1990, with release of the album “Riding Down the Canyon,” Rod has continued to work on music projects. This included the 1995 album “A Philmont Collection”, the self-titled Rifters initial release of mostly original tunes, and his latest album entitled “Here, There or Anywhere.” His artistic work also includes acting and has been in film projects that include The Missing (directed by Ron Howard), the Stephen Frears’ film Hi – Lo Country, the “Angel Maker Episode” of Lazarus Man, and other projects from Tish Honojosa’s CMT music video, to television commercials and PBS documentaries.

Gathered for the presentation were members of Reed’s and Taylor’ families, as well as a crowd of approximately 100 New Mexico farmers, ranchers, and others who, in their own small way, have helped secure the culture of the West for future generations.


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.







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