• 2016 New Mexico Agricultural Statistics Bulletin

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  • 2016 New Mexico Agricultural Statistics Bulletin


    Click here to view the full, 2016 New Mexico Agricultural Statistics Bulletin.

  • COVER CONTEST: See your image on the cover of this year’s Agriculture Statistics Bulletin

    Can YOU capture New Mexico agriculture in a single image?
    NMDA sponsors Centennial contest to find cover art for agriculture magazine

    (LAS CRUCES) – New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is sponsoring a contest to find the image most representative of New Mexico agriculture – whether that image is a photo, a drawing, or a painting…and whether it features land, crops, livestock, people, or something else.  The winning entry will become the cover of the New Mexico Agriculture Statistics Bulletin that will be published this December and circulated across the state next year.

    “The ag stats bulletin is the go-to publication to get a snapshot of New Mexico agriculture,” said Jeff Witte, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture.  “It has important facts and figures about all the things that make up New Mexico’s diverse agricultural landscape.”

    Witte noted that includes dairy, cattle and calves, pecans, hay, corn, onions, nursery stock, chile, cotton, wheat, sorghum, potatoes, peanuts, dry beans, poultry and eggs, cottonseed, sheep and lambs, wool and mohair, and hogs and pigs, among other agricultural items.

    Every year, NMDA publishes the 70-page bulletin in partnership with the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the USDA agency that compiles the important county-level and state-level data across the country.  The publication includes data about agricultural prices, income, and revenues, as well as livestock inventories and values, and crop acreage and values.

    The person with the winning entry will receive an enlarged, framed copy of the cover featuring their art, as well as a gift basket of New Mexico food products and special NEW MEXICO-Taste the Tradition®/Grown with Tradition® merchandise.


    Contest Details

    • Contestants must be from New Mexico.
    • Each contestant may submit only one entry.
    • All entries require a short caption or title.
    • By entering, participants warrant that their materials are original, do not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that the participant has obtained any necessary permission from any third party if a third party or that party’s property appears in the image.
    • Participants warrant that permission was obtained for all photographed subjects, including minors.
    • Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on November 10, 2012.
    • Entries can be emailed or mail in.  Emailed entries should be sent to pio@nmda.nmsu.edu.  Mailed-in entries will not be returned.  Mailed-in entries should be sent to:
      New Mexico Department of Agriculture

      Attn: PIO / Ag Stats Cover Contest
      P.O. Box 30005
      3190 S. Espina, MSC 3189
      Las Cruces, NM  88003
    • Questions?  Please contact Katie Goetz at pio@nmda.nmsu.edu or 575-646-2804.
  • 2017 Census of Agriculture will capture complete picture of New Mexico production

    Questionnaires to be mailed in December

    (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – New Mexico farmers and ranchers should be on the lookout for a Census of Agriculture questionnaire in the mail in December. Farmers and ranchers across the country will soon have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities and industry by taking part in the census.

    For a simpler, faster and more efficient process, producers are encouraged to complete the online questionnaire at www.agcensus.usda.gov upon receiving their questionnaire. In order to complete the online version, each person will need his or her unique 17-digit code, which may be found on the questionnaire.

    Conducted every five years by United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census captures a complete count of all U.S. farms and ranches and those who operate them. Even the smallest plots of land and those raising only a few animals during the census year are counted.

    New Mexico State Statistician Longino Bustillos said the census remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation.

    “It’s a critical tool that gives farmers a voice to influence decisions that will shape the future of their community, industry and operation,” Bustillos said.
    The census highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income, expenditures and other topics. The information gathered by the Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.

    New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte encourages all New Mexico producers to respond.

    “We only have this opportunity every five years, so please complete the census and take pride in what we do in New Mexico,” Witte said. “The results of the census truly show the impact of agriculture in our state.”

    This year, NASS will collect new information, including data on active duty and military veteran farmers, as well as expanded questions about food marketing practices.

    In 2012, New Mexico reported a total of 24,721 farms and ranches, spanning more than 43 million acres. This showed an 18 percent increase from the previous census in 2007. Although the state’s average age of farmers and ranchers climbed to over 60 (second highest in the country), New Mexico data showed an increase in young farmers and ranchers. This telling information and thousands of additional farm and ranch statistics are only available every five years, as a direct result of responses to the census.

    Census of Agriculture responses must be submitted by Feb. 5.

    “Your answers to the census impact farm programs and rural services that support your community,” Bustillos said. “So please do your part, and be counted when you receive your form, because there’s strength in numbers that only the census can reveal.”

    For more information about the census, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call 1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828). The Census of Agriculture is Your Voice, Your Future, Your Opportunity.

  • New Mexico farmers taking novel approaches amid drought, new data shows


    Media contact: Longino Bustillos
    New Mexico State Statistician
    USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Media contact: Katie Goetz
    Public Information Officer
    New Mexico Department of Agriculture

    USDA data released today completes picture first seen in February

    (LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – Even as the drought wears on, New Mexico’s agricultural community is diversifying in terms of the kinds of products it grows and in the way it sells its products, according to new federal data released today.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) revealed in the final results of the 2012 Agriculture Census that, in New Mexico:

    • The number of farms selling directly to their customers increased by 19 percent
    • The number of farms producing nursery, greenhouse, flowers, and sod increased 56 percent
    • New Mexico farmers are planting a wider variety of higher-value specialty crops like vegetables, pecans, and melons

     USDA’s last Agriculture Census was conducted in 2007.

     “The Census of Agriculture provides a wide range of demographic, economic, land, and crop and livestock production information that are only available every five years,” said New Mexico Statistician Longino Bustillos, whose NASS office in Las Cruces oversees outreach efforts, as well as data collection and interpretation, related to the Agriculture Census in New Mexico.

    USDA defines a farm as “as any place that produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products during the Census year.”  In other words, USDA’s definition of “farms” includes farms, ranches, and other businesses selling agricultural products.

    As expected, the 397 pages of New Mexico-specific data also bear the mark of the ongoing drought.  That fact was most noticeable in the 2012 inventories of beef and dairy cattle as compared to the 2007 inventories, as well as in the increased farm expenses such as livestock feed and farm inputs.  As a further reflection of the drought – and of increased Census participation among small farms – the average net cash income per farm dropped from $17,558 in 2007 to $9,501 in 2012.

    Taken together, these data highlights suggest that farmers and ranchers are looking for ways to maximize their returns on less water by selling higher-value crops via a wider variety of channels.

    “While these are challenging times in agriculture, it’s really interesting to see the shift in dynamic.  New Mexico producers are resilient and resourceful,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.

    Other highlights include that 97 percent of the state’s farms are family-owned.  On a national level, Dona Ana County ranks as the top county in pecan acreage; New Mexico ranks third behind only Texas and Georgia in pecan acreage per state.  Dona Ana, Luna, and Sierra rank in the top five counties in the nation in chile acreage.

    The final Census results released today add detail to the portrait first outlined by preliminary data released in February.  Those results showed an increase in the number of farms, young farmers, minority farmers rising in New Mexico – news that was widely trumpeted across the state and the country.

    Agriculture organizations and agencies are looking to build on the trend of increasing diversity by hosting a conference this month for beginning and future farmers, ranchers, and those looking to carve out other careers in agriculture. 

    Conducted since 1840, the Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.  The data help farmers, ranchers, policymakers, agribusiness and a host of others make decisions for the future.

    For more information about the Census, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.  Click here for more information about and to register for the 2014 AgriFuture Educational Institute happening in Albuquerque, May 12-14.

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