Public picks Las Cruces-made salsa as best in New Mexico
Several hundred people at the New Mexico State Fair stood in line to sample more than 30 salsas on Saturday – and after their votes were tallied, Ol’ Gringo Chile Company’s New Mexico Hot Salsa was named the best in the state.
The annual Battle of the Salsas invites salsa lovers of all ages to have their chile- and jalapeño-scorched voices heard. Bueno’s Flame Roasted Green Chile Salsa took second place in this year’s Battle, and Andele Restaurant’s Traditional Salsa – the winner of last year’s competition – took third.
New employee helps test pet food, fertilizer, more in State Chemist Laboratory
The state lab whose work helps you get what you pay for when you buy things like pet food and fertilizer in New Mexico has added a new staff member.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s (NMDA) State Chemist Laboratory is charged with ensuring that pet food and livestock feed, as well as commercial fertilizers and pesticides (both synthetic and organic), are what they claim to be.
Lab staff – including new hire Karla Zajac – analyze samples of these products, then check their composition against the product label to make sure the label is accurate. If it isn’t, the product may be removed from sale until the manufacturer complies with the law by correcting the label or the product formula.
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