Northwestern New Mexico farmers, ranchers, others invited to safely dispose of pesticides

NMDA hosts pesticide collection event in Farmington, November 12, 2014

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is hosting a free event in Farmington to safely collect pesticides from pesticide applicators/dealers, farmers, and ranchers in northwestern New Mexico.  NMDA is partnering with Advanced Environmental Solutions to ensure safe disposal.

“When we host this type of event anywhere in the state, our goal is to collect any old, unwanted, outdated, cancelled, or inactive pesticide products – including products that are hard to identify – to ensure that they aren’t disposed of in an unsafe way,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte

The event takes place Wednesday, November 12, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It will be held in the northeast lot of McGee Park/San Juan County Fairgrounds, located at 41 Road 5568 in Farmington.

Those intending to drop off unused pesticides are asked to secure any leaking containers or broken bags in a containment bag or liner.  They also are asked to preregister with NMDA via this form so the agency can get a sense of how much pesticide will need to be transported at the end of the day.  Forms must be returned no later than Monday, November 10.  NMDA will not keep any identifying information. 

For questions, please contact Erica Millette in NMDA’s Pesticide Compliance Section at emillette@nmda.nmsu.edu or 575-646-4697.

NMDA’s Pesticide Compliance Section works to ensure compliance with pesticide law governing the use of agricultural, horticultural, and structural pesticides.  The section certifies and licenses the people who apply pesticides for hire, ensure that pesticides distributed in New Mexico are properly registered, and investigates tips and complaints about pesticides suspected to have been applied improperly.