Category Archives: New Mexico Department of Agriculture Events

HomeGrown event is Nov. 17-18

For immediate release
Nov. 2, 2018
Media Contact:
Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

 Fifth annual HomeGrown event to take place just in time for the holiday season

Food show and gift market will be held Nov. 17 and 18

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – The holiday season is right around the corner and what better gift to give friends and family than award-winning, locally produced products? For the fifth consecutive year, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will be partnering with the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to co-host HomeGrown – A New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market.

HomeGrown will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

Attendees can expect over 70 vendors, the majority representing a variety of food and beverage companies from around the state and all of which are NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® and Grown with Tradition® members. Each booth will offer either locally produced products, such as award-winning salsas and wine for attendees to sample and purchase, or crafts made from agriculture resources.

The two-day event will feature the NMDA’s Chef Ambassadors John Hartley and Rocky Durham, who will be demonstrating various recipes using products that will be available for sale by vendors. Both chefs are New Mexico natives who have professional experience in creating dishes from locally made food products.

Last year, HomeGrown attracted nearly 3,500 attendees within the two days that the event took place, an increase from the previous year. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte predicts that the event will continue to grow and gain recognition from locals and surrounding community members.

“We are thrilled to once again be partnering with the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to host the fifth annual HomeGrown event,” said Witte, “Every year, the event grows in both vendors and shoppers who take part in promoting the rich tradition of New Mexico-made food and beverage products. Because of this, HomeGrown has become a NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® signature event.”

A new feature this year is a photo booth provided by FARMesilla. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will also host giveaways throughout the two-day event.

Admission to HomeGrown is $5 per vehicle, and the first 100 vehicles at the event each day will receive a free burlap shopping bag.

For more information about HomeGrown, please visit https://bit.ly/2Szs4e3.

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

Attendees shop for New Mexico-made products available for sale at HomeGrown – A New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market in 2016. This year, HomeGrown will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
Attendees shop for New Mexico-made products available for sale at HomeGrown – A New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market in 2016. This year, HomeGrown will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
A vendor representing Las Cruces Candy Company hands out food samples to a child at HomeGrown – A New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market in 2016. This year’s event will include over 70 vendors representing a variety of food and beverage companies from around the state, many of which are New Mexico Taste the Tradition and Grown with Tradition members.
A vendor representing Las Cruces Candy Company hands out food samples to a child at HomeGrown – A New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market in 2016. This year’s event will include over 70 vendors representing a variety of food and beverage companies from around the state, many of which are New Mexico Taste the Tradition and Grown with Tradition members.

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NASDA elects New Mexico Ag Secretary Jeff Witte as President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 12, 2018
Amanda Culp
Director, Communications
(202) 296-9680
amanda@nasda.org

NASDA Elects Witte of New Mexico as President

New Board of Directors, Committee Leadership Also Named at Closing Day of Annual Meeting

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) today elected a new slate of officers for the coming year. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will serve as NASDA’s 2018-19 President. He will host the 2019 NASDA Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 8-12.

“… 2019 will be full of opportunities to underscore the importance of our work in public service. This is for advancing the success of our farmers and ranchers,” said Jeff Witte. “As Congress presses forward on an on-time Farm Bill, NASDA Members will continue to engage the Administration. They move for swift implementation of the new opportunities the Bill will create for producers. NASDA will also be leaning forward to be a more nimble and responsive organization. This is to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of agriculture and food. We cannot stand still.” Jeff is the newly elected President and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture.

Also elected to NASDA’s Board of Directors include North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring (Vice President). Other elects were Kentucky Commissioner Ryan Quarles (Second Vice President), and New York Commissioner Richard Ball (Secretary-Treasurer). Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Reviczky will serve as NASDA’s Past President. Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture Michael Strain will serve in the At-Large position. The representatives are Massachusetts Commissioner John Lebeaux, and Texas Commissioner Sid Miller. Other representatives are Hawaii Chairman Scott Enright, and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. They serve as the Northeastern, Southern, Western, and Midwestern representatives respectively.

Following his election, Secretary Witte appointed the leadership of NASDA’s six policy committees:

Marketing and International Trade Committee

  • Chair: Washington Director of Agriculture Derek Sandison (Continuing)
  • Vice Chair: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig (New)

Natural Resources and Environment Committee

  • Chair: Wyoming Director of Agriculture Doug Miyamoto (Continuing)
  • Vice Chair: Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse (New)

Animal Agriculture Committee

  • Chair: Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn (New)
  • Vice Chair: Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts (New)

Plant Agriculture & Pesticide Regulation Committee

  • Chair: Indiana Director of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (New)
  • Vice Chair: Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black (New)

Rural Development and Financial Security Committee

  • Chair: Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding (Continuing)
  • Vice Chair: Montana Director of Agriculture Ben Thomas (Continuing)

Food Regulation Committee

  • Chair: New York Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball (Continuing)
  • Vice Chair: Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown (Continuing)

NASDA Communications Working Group

  • Chair: South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers (New)
The NASDA Board members gathered together to elect a new president among other positions. Here they are shown together posing for a photograph
The NASDA Board members gathered together

NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association. They represent the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus. This is to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders. Learn more about NASDA at www.nasda.org.

First-ever NEW MEXICO–Taste the Tradition Chef Ambassadors announced

Sept. 11, 2018
Media Contact:
Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

New Mexico Department of Agriculture announces first-ever Chef Ambassadors

Chefs begin term by serving as New Mexico State Fair Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge judges
Las Cruces, New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has named the Chef Ambassadors. This is for the first-ever NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® (NM-TTT) Chef Ambassador Program.

There are two ambassadors. The first is Rocky Durham from Santa Fe. Rocky Durham launched his career in London, England where he opened a restaurant named after his hometown, Santa Fe. Within three years of the first opening, there were Santa Fe restaurants in eight British cities. While living in England, Durham also wrote and presented two television series. The series were Plates from the States and South of the Border. After working professionally in five continents, Durham returned to New Mexico. He is currently an executive chef at the Blue Heron Restaurant at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe.

The second ambassador is John C. Hartley from Las Cruces. John Hartley is currently serving as a college assistant professor in the New Mexico State University. School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. There he teaches quantity foods courses and managing the school’s 100 West Cafe. Hartley was born and raised in Las Cruces and graduated from NMSU and the California Culinary Academy. Highlights of his career include cooking for President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. He also cooked for the Pope of the Armenian Catholic Church and numerous celebrities.

The chef ambassadors will serve a two-year term advocating for and promoting New Mexico agriculture. They will work at events such as the New Mexico State Fair and HomeGrown. In doing so, the chefs will receive exposure and recognition while providing a voice for New Mexico agriculture. Their term began Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 30, 2020.

Durham expressed his excitement in promoting unique New Mexico agricultural products and influencing positive financial growth in the agricultural sector.

“As a fiercely proud, native New Mexican and life-long culinarian, I couldn’t be more thrilled for this opportunity,” said Durham. “It is an honor to be selected from such an incredible group of my colleagues and contemporaries.”

Hartley said he is honored to be selected as a chef ambassador for the state of New Mexico.

“I look forward to working with Chef Rocky and the NMDA staff to promote the incredible agricultural products. …and encouraging our youth to become involved with the industry,” said Hartley.

As their first event, the newly-named chef ambassadors participated as judges. They judged the New Mexico State Fair Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge Monday, Sept. 10 in Albuquerque.

The winners of the green chile cheeseburger challenge are as follows:

  • First place and People’s Choice winner: Oso Grill (Capitan, New Mexico)
  • Second place: Fuddruckers

For more information about the NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® Chef Ambassador Program, visit newmexicotradition.com. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NMDeptAg.

John Hartley (left) and Rocky Durham (right) have been selected as the Chef Ambassadors for the first-ever NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® (NM-TTT) Chef Ambassador Program. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture selected the chef ambassadors after a competitive application and interview process. (Photo courtesy NMDA)
John Hartley (left) and Rocky Durham (right) have been selected as the Chef Ambassadors. This is for the first-ever NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® (NM-TTT) Chef Ambassador Program. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture selected the chef ambassadors after a competitive application and interview process. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

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NMDA hosts Battle of the Salsas at New Mexico State Fair Sept. 8

For immediate release

Aug. 27, 2018
Media Contact:
Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

NMDA hosts Battle of the Salsas at 2018 New Mexico State Fair

Fairgoers have opportunity to judge over 30 locally-made salsas

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Do you have what it takes to judge the best salsas in New Mexico? All salsa and food lovers are invited to participate in this year’s Battle of the Salsas. This will take place at the New Mexico State Fair.

NMDA will host the Battle of the Salsas from 1 to 3 p.m. during the state fair Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will take place in the courtyard of the Agriculture Building located on the fairgrounds. All New-Mexico-made, commercially produced and shelf-stable salsas are eligible for entry. The salsas must also be already available for sale at the New Mexico Country Store .

Fairgoers have the chance to select their favorite salsa from over 30 samples of New Mexico’s best. Participants will be given 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 selected and announced.

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

“The best part is that you can purchase this year’s winning salsas at the Country Store,” said Witte. “But you’ll need to get there early, because we sell out fast!”

For more information about the New Mexico State Fair, visit statefair.exponm.com. For more information about the NEW MEXICO – Taste the Tradition program, visit www.newmexicotradition.com.

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NMDA’s Red, White and Brews Happy Hours return to New Mexico State Fair

For immediate release
Aug. 23, 2018
Media Contact:
Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer,
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-2804, krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu

NMDA’s Red, White and Brews Happy Hours return to New Mexico State Fair

Events will feature local beer and wine at state fair’s 80th anniversary

Albuquerque, New Mexico

With plenty of brews and wines, there won’t be a shortage of flavor at the New Mexico State Fair. It will be the event’s 80th anniversary.

For the fourth year, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is hosting Reds, Whites and Brews Happy Hours. This is during the state fair, which is Thursday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Happy hours will be offered in the courtyard of the Agriculture Building. This is located west of the Manuel Lujan Commercial Building from 3 to 8 p.m.

It will be held:

  • Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8
  • Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15

Various New Mexico brews and wines will be available for purchase. The New Mexico State Fair and NMDA teamed up with the New Mexico Brewers Guild and New Mexico Wine. NMDA, “The Frontier of Beer” and “Viva Vino” New Mexico Wine will host the happy hours.

Anyone may attend the happy hours. New Mexico-made, non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase in the country store.

“We are happy to continue the collaboration with the New Mexico State Fair …”. “To bring fair-goers a taste of our state’s high quality beers and wines,” said Jeff Witte. “We hope people will take advantage of experiencing our state’s products while enjoying the yearly tradition…”

Reds, Whites and Brews Happy Hours will also feature beef samples provided by the New Mexico Beef Council.

Musicians or bands interested in playing during happy hours should email shacker@nmda.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-4929. This is in exchange for exposure at the fair and promotion through social media

NMDA will also host the Battle of the Salsas Saturday, Sept. 8. They will collaborate with Expo New Mexico on the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge Monday, Sept. 10. The Country Store will once again be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the fair’s duration. It will offer various New Mexico products for purchase.

Visit www.newmexicotradition.com to learn more about how NMDA supports the New Mexico agriculture industry. This is through its NEW MEXICO – Taste the Tradition program. Find us on social media using @tastenewmexico.

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

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

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture collaborates with the New Mexico Brewers Guild to host happy hours at the New Mexico State Fair. (Photo courtesy NMDA)The New Mexico Department of Agriculture collaborates with New Mexico Wine to host happy hours at the New Mexico State Fair. (Photo courtesy NMDA)
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture collaborates with the New Mexico Brewers Guild to host happy hours at the New Mexico State Fair. (Photo courtesy NMDA)The New Mexico Department of Agriculture collaborates with New Mexico Wine to host happy hours at the New Mexico State Fair. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

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