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Nine-year-old Ben Roesler grew this 11.7-pound head of cabbage last year.  He earned a $1,000 college scholarship from Bonnie Plants, the national company whose greenhouses supply vegetable, herb, and flower plants to retailers across the country.

Nine-year-old Ben Roesler grew this 11.7-pound head of cabbage last year. He earned a $1,000 college scholarship from Bonnie Plants, the national company whose greenhouses supply vegetable, herb, and flower plants to retailers across the country.

Young New Mexican grows giant cabbage,
wins college scholarship

One New Mexico elementary school student is already growing the account for his future college expenses, thanks to the nearly 12-pound head of cabbage he grew during the 2014 season.

Nine-year-old Ben Roesler was honored at a ceremony last week with the presentation of a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants, a national producer of vegetable, herb, and flower plants.  Mark Alvarado of the Bonnie Plants greenhouse in McIntosh, N.M., presented the award during a student assembly at San Antonito Elementary School, where Ben is a 4th grader this year.  Also on hand for the presentation was Anthony Parra, the deputy director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA).

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NMDA recently honored staff members Corina Acosta and Felicia Frost for their service to the department, as well as Joel Johnson for his volunteerism outside of work.  From left: NMDA’s Deputy Director Anthony Parra, Acosta, Johnson, Frost, and Director/Secretary Jeff Witte.

NMDA recently honored staff members Corina Acosta and Felicia Frost for their service to the department, as well as Joel Johnson for his volunteerism outside of work. From left: NMDA’s Deputy Director Anthony Parra, Acosta, Johnson, Frost, and Director/Secretary Jeff Witte.

2015 Distinguished Service Awards,
Community Action Award presented

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has recognized two employees for going above and beyond in contributing to the department’s service to New Mexico and its residents.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and NMDA Deputy Director Anthony Parra presented the department’s Distinguished Service Awards for 2015 to Felicia Frost and Corina Acosta at the department’s recently held annual conference.

Witte and Parra also presented a new award this year: the Community Action Award.  The first recipient of the award is Joel Johnson.

Learn more about how the roles Frost, Acosta, and Johnson play at NMDA benefit New Mexicans.

 

 

NMDA inspector performing livestock inspection

NMDA’s Juan Rodriguez prepares to conduct an inspection of a rancher’s livestock scales in New Mexico.

 Information for requesting
inspection of livestock scales for 2015

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is reminding New Mexicans who own livestock scales to request an annual inspection of their scales for 2015.

A change to the Livestock Scale Inspection Program in 2011 means that routine inspections are no longer restricted to the month of August.  Inspections are now conducted between April 1 and December 31 of every year.

Requests for inspections can be made in one of several different ways:

  • By filling out this form
  • By phone: 575-646-1616 during regular business hours
  • By fax: 575-646-2361
  • By mail: Standards and Consumer Services, MSC 3170, Box 30005, Las Cruces, NM

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