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NMDA and NMSU College of ACES present seventh consecutive AG Day event

For immediate release
Sept. 10, 2019
Media Contact: Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

NMDA and NMSU College of ACES present seventh consecutive AG Day event

AG Day to take place Oct. 5 prior to Aggie Homecoming football game

Aggie fans can expect over 50 booths representing numerous NMSU groups, as well as businesses and organizations from New Mexico’s agriculture community, at AG Day. The event will feature farm animals, educational exhibits, games, prizes, live music and samples of New Mexico-made food.
Aggie fans can expect over 50 booths representing numerous NMSU groups, as well as businesses and organizations from New Mexico’s agriculture community, at AG Day. The event will feature farm animals, educational exhibits, games, prizes, live music and samples of New Mexico-made food. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 5: The New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences are teaming up to host AG Day for the seventh consecutive year.

The family friendly street fair will be held prior to the NMSU vs. Liberty Flames Homecoming football game. AG Day is from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Pan American Center south parking lot adjacent to Aggie Memorial Stadium on the NMSU campus, and admission is free. This year’s AG Day is sponsored by New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Kickoff for the football game is at 6 p.m.

Aggie fans can expect over 50 booths representing numerous NMSU groups, as well as businesses and organizations from New Mexico’s agriculture community, at AG Day. The event will feature farm animals, educational exhibits, games, prizes, live music and samples of New Mexico-made food.

A highlight of the event is a performance by musician Della Bustamante from 3 to 6 p.m.

The NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program hosted horse rides as an interactive exhibit to young Aggie fans at AG Day 2018.
The NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program hosted horse rides as an interactive exhibit to young Aggie fans at AG Day 2018. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

“This year’s AG Day is sure to bring a wide variety of fun games, great food, amazing music, and plenty of opportunities for kids and adults to learn about New Mexico’s agriculture industry,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “I invite all Aggie fans to join us at AG Day, Celebrate NMSU’s homecoming, and cheer on our Aggie football team to victory!”

Aggie fans are also encouraged to attend the NMSU Homecoming parade prior to AG Day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. along University Avenue. The event is free for all attendees.

Aggie football tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 when you mention “AG Day.” For ticket information, call 575-646-1420.

For more information about AG Day, email bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu, call 575-646-1864 or visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NMDeptAg.

The New Mexico Beef Council served beef samples to AG Day attendees at one of the 50 booths at 2018 AG Day.
The New Mexico Beef Council served beef samples to AG Day attendees at one of the 50 booths at 2018 AG Day. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

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New Mexico – Taste the Tradition Country Store at New Mexico State Fair offers local products

For immediate release
Sept. 6, 2019
Media Contact:          
Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

New Mexico – Taste the Tradition Country Store at New Mexico State Fair offers local products

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – New Mexico State Fairgoers may purchase a variety of tasty items at the New Mexico – Taste the Tradition Country Store.

Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the state fair Sept. 5 to Sept. 15 in Albuquerque, the store features products such as chips, chile products, spice mixes, baked goods, jams, jellies, candies, coffee and nuts.

As a country store customer, you’ll be part of the first-ever Elevate New Mexico Agriculture $5 at a Time campaign. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture challenges New Mexico households to spend $5, or increase their spending by at least $5, on New Mexico agriculture products year-round.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said NMDA is proud to partner with the Rio Rancho Rotary Club to present the Country Store.

“I invite all fairgoers to stop by and sample the many different New Mexico grown and made products available for purchase in our Country Store, where there is something for everyone,” said Witte. “By spending $5 on locally-produced products from our Country Store, you will also be supporting the state’s agriculture industry and economy!”

The store has become a staple of tradition for fairgoers since it first opened in 1991, offering a variety of New Mexico grown and made agricultural products. The store is in the Agriculture Building west of the Manuel Lujan building and south of the animal barns.

For more information visit www.newmexicotradition.com. Follow New Mexico – Taste the Tradition on Facebook and Twitter @tastenewmexico and on Instagram @tastethetradition for New Mexico-inspired gift ideas and recipes and to enter contests and giveaways.

Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and Rio Rancho Rotary Club, the New Mexico Taste the Tradition Country Store at the New Mexico State Fair carries a wide selection of products made or grown in the state.
Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and Rio Rancho Rotary Club, the New Mexico Taste the Tradition Country Store at the New Mexico State Fair carries a wide selection of products made or grown in the state. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

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NMDA to host Battle of the Salsas at 2019 New Mexico State Fair

For immediate release
Sept. 6, 2019
Media Contact: Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

NMDA to host Battle of the Salsas at 2019 New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico State Fairgoers have the chance to select their favorite salsa from over 30 samples of New Mexico’s best. Participants will receive a bag of New Mexico-made tortilla chips and a ballot to vote. After the votes are counted, the top three crowd favorites will be announced.
New Mexico State Fairgoers have the chance to select their favorite salsa from over 30 samples of New Mexico’s best. Participants will receive a bag of New Mexico-made tortilla chips and a ballot to vote. After the votes are counted, the top three crowd favorites will be announced. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

Fairgoers have opportunity to judge over 30 locally-made salsas

(Albuquerque, NM) – Do you have what it takes to judge the best salsas in New Mexico? Whether you’re a salsa connoisseur or simply a fan of New Mexico-made food, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture invites you to participate in this year’s Battle of the Salsas at the New Mexico State Fair.

NMDA will host the Battle of the Salsas from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 in the Agriculture Building courtyard. All New-Mexico-made, commercially-produced and shelf-stable salsas that are already available for sale at the New Mexico Country Store are eligible for entry.

Fairgoers have the chance to select their favorite salsa from over 30 samples of New Mexico’s best. Participants will receive a bag of New Mexico-made tortilla chips and a ballot to vote. After the votes are counted, the top three crowd favorites will be announced.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte encourages everyone to attend the Battle of the Salsas, put their taste buds to the test, and see how their picks compared with the overall voting results.

“The best part is that by purchasing this year’s winning salsas at the Country Store, you’ll also be participating in the 2019 Elevate New Mexico Agriculture $5 at a Time challenge, supporting New Mexico’s economy and agriculture industry,” said Witte. “But you’ll need to get there early, because we sell out fast!”

For more information about Battle of the Salsas, visit www.newmexicotradition.com. Follow New Mexico – Taste the Tradition on Facebook and Twitter @tastenewmexico and on Instagram @tastethetradition for New Mexico-inspired gift ideas and recipes and to enter contests and giveaways.

For more information about NMDA, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter @NMDeptAg.

The top three winners of the Battle of the Salsas receive trophies. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture hosts the Battle of the Salsas at the New Mexico State Fair each year. (Photo courtesy NMDA)
The top three winners of the Battle of the Salsas receive trophies. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture hosts the Battle of the Salsas at the New Mexico State Fair each year.

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Red, White and Brews Happy Hours bring local flavor to New Mexico State Fair

For immediate release
Sept. 6, 2019
Media Contact:
Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

Red, White and Brews Happy Hours bring local flavor to New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Reds, Whites and Brews Happy Hours will feature beef samples provided by the New Mexico Beef Council Sept. 13 and 14.
New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Reds, Whites and Brews Happy Hours will feature beef samples provided by the New Mexico Beef Council Sept. 13 and 14. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – With plenty of brews and wines, there won’t be a shortage of local flavor at the 2019 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque.

For the fifth year, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is hosting Reds, Whites and Brews Happy Hours during the state fair Sept. 5 to Sept. 15. Happy hours will be offered from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Agriculture Building courtyard, located west of the Manuel Lujan building as follows:

  • Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7
  • Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14

Various New Mexico brews, wines and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

By spending $5 or more on New Mexico wine or beer, you’ll be part of the first-ever Elevate New Mexico Agriculture $5 at a Time campaign. NMDA challenges New Mexico households to spend $5, or increase their spending by at least $5 per week, on New Mexico agriculture products year-round.

“We hope people take advantage of experiencing our state’s tasty products while elevating New Mexico agriculture $5 at a time,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “We are happy to continue the collaboration with the New Mexico State Fair, New Mexico Wine and the New Mexico Brewers Guild to bring fairgoers a taste of our state’s high quality beers and wines.”

The New Mexico Beef Council will feature beef hors d’oeuvres, paired with beer and wine during the Red, Whites and Brews Happy Hours on Sept. 13 and 14.

NMDA will also host the Battle of the Salsas Saturday, Sept. 7 and will collaborate with Expo New Mexico on the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge Monday, Sept. 9. The Country Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the duration of the fair, offering various New Mexico products for purchase.

Visit www.newmexicotradition.com to learn more about how NMDA supports the New Mexico agriculture industry through its NEW MEXICO – Taste the Tradition program. Follow New Mexico – Taste the Tradition on Facebook and Twitter @tastenewmexico and on Instagram @tastethetradition for New Mexico-inspired gift ideas and recipes and to enter contests and giveaways.

The New Mexico State Fair and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture have teamed up with the New Mexico Brewers Guild “The Frontier of Beer” and “Viva Vino” New Mexico Wine to host the happy hours. (Photo courtesy NMDA)
The New Mexico State Fair and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture have teamed up with the New Mexico Brewers Guild “The Frontier of Beer” and “Viva Vino” New Mexico Wine to host the happy hours.

For more information about the fair, visit www.statefair.exponm.com.

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NMSU Regents approve hemp manufacturing rule

For immediate release
Sept. 4, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer,
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-2804, krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu

NMSU Regents approve NMDA’s proposed hemp manufacturing rule

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s proposed hemp manufacturing rule at its regular meeting Sept. 4.

The rule accompanies statutory language that provides NMDA specific administrative authorities related to the licensing and inspection of laboratories testing raw hemp for regulatory purposes, as well as the licensing and inspection of persons breeding hemp that may possess plants greater than .3% and less than 5% THC.  

Legal authority authorizing the rule is granted to the board of regents of New Mexico State University under Chapter 76, Article 24, Section 1, NMSA 1978 Compilation.

NMDA held two rulemaking hearings for the public in Albuquerque and Las Cruces in June.

During the 2019 legislative session, House Bill 581 Hemp Manufacturing Act was passed and signed into law. The legislation grants NMDA and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) the regulatory authority over manufacturers, processors, labs, researchers and plant breeders.

The 2018 farm bill removed hemp from the federal controlled substances act and provided a framework for the growing of hemp. NMDA is currently licensing hemp producers. Applications for hemp cultivation licenses are available at www.nmda.nmsu.edu.

NMDA and NMED have worked closely with producers and processors who are seeking security in the development of the extracting, processing and manufacturing components of this new industry.

The Hemp Manufacturing Act may be viewed in its entirety at https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/19%20Regular/final/HB0581.pdf.

The full text of the hemp manufacturingrule is available at www.nmda.nmsu.edu and at NMDA, which is located at 3190 S. Espina in Las Cruces.

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Several hemp plants are shown in their lush vegitative stage of growth. These plants are shown to compliment the news of hemp cultivation rules being passed in New Mexico
The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s proposed hemp manufacturing rule at its regular meeting Sept. 4. The rule accompanies statutory language that provides NMDA specific administration authorities related to the licensing and inspection of laboratories testing raw hemp for regulatory purposes, as well as the licensing and inspection of persons breeding hemp that may possess plants greater than .3% and less than 5% THC. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

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