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New Mexico Department of Agriculture

NOTICE OF RULEMAKING HEARINGS

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has scheduled formal hearings to receive public input on the newly developed rule 21.17.XX NMAC – Hemp Cultivation Rule:

Purpose:
To develop a rule to accompany statutory language which allows the department of agriculture to administer an industrial hemp program.

Interested individuals may provide comments regarding the proposed rulemaking actions at the rule hearing and/or submit written comments via email at comments@nmda.nmsu.edu [1]. Written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments as soon as possible. Persons offering written comments at the hearing must have two copies for the hearing officer.

Please click here for details about the rulemaking hearings. [2]
Please click here to view the full text of the proposed rule. [3]


NOTICE OF RULEMAKING HEARINGS

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has scheduled a rule hearing for Friday, October 12, at 1 p.m. at NMDA, located at 3190 S. Espina in Las Cruces. The purpose of the proposed hearing is to receive public input on the repeals of 21.9.2 NMAC Conducting an Election of District Supervisors and 21.9.3 NMAC Conducting a Referendum.

Purpose:
NMDA is proposing the repeal of 21.9.2 NMAC Conducting an Election of District Supervisors and 21.9.3 NMAC Conducting a Referendum in order to bring election protocol for soil and water conservation districts into compliance with the requirements of the recently chaptered Local Election Act.

Interested individuals may provide comments regarding the proposed rulemaking repeals at the rule hearing and/or submit written comments via email at comments@nmda.nmsu.edu [1]. Written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments as soon as possible. Persons offering written comments at the hearing must have two copies for the hearing officer.

Please click here for details about the rulemaking hearing. [4]
Please click here to view rule 21.9.2 NMAC Conducting an Election of District supervisors. [5]
Please click here to view rule 21.9.3 NMAC Conducting a Referendum. [6]


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New Mexico ALIRT takes part in training exercises to prepare for emergencies


S.3042 Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill)

Update 6/25/18

On Wednesday, June 13, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the S.3042 Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. The bill passed the committee on a vote of 20-1 and is now headed to the Senate floor. The full Senate hopes to address the bill prior to its upcoming July 4th recess.

The Senate version of the farm bill includes some major changes pertaining to industrial hemp including:

Updates will be posted as the process continues.


PECAN WEEVIL EMERGENCY QUARANTINE

View the full rule here.
Find answers to frequently asked questions here. [8]

The recent findings of pecan weevil in residential and commercial pecan trees in several eastern New Mexico towns and cities has prompted New Mexico Department of Agriculture to implement an emergency quarantine. The quarantine identifies Curry,  Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties as currently infested with pecan weevil and places restrictions on the movement of in-shell pecans originating in those counties and destined to other New Mexico counties. The quarantine also places requirements on pecan buyers and on cold storage facilities that are using freezing as one method to kill pecan weevil. Pecan weevil is considered the most serious insect pest of pecans and is considered established in all pecan growing regions of the country except far west Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. It is primarily spread to new pecan growing areas through the movement of pecan weevil infested pecans and equipment that harbors infested pecans.

Questions? Contact New Mexico Department of Agriculture at 575-646-3007 or email blewis@nmda.nmsu.edu