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Find answers to frequently asked questions here. [1]

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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.


Workshops announced for New Mexico specialty crops funding
Workshops to be held in Espanola, Albuquerque and Las Cruces

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – If you have a specialty crop, you may be eligible for federal funding as part of the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has announced three workshops to assist growers and processors with the application process.

The workshops will be held as follows:
• Monday, Jan. 22 (3 to 4 p.m.) in Espanola at Angelina’s Restaurant, located at 1126 N. Railroad Ave.
• Wednesday, Jan. 24 (12 to 1 p.m.) in Albuquerque at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, located at 1309 4th Street SW
• Friday, Jan. 26 (3 to 4 p.m.) in Las Cruces at NMDA, located at 3190 South Espina

Meals will not be provided at any of the workshops. Registration is not necessary. NMDA staff will review the program, timeline and application process in detail. Attendees are encouraged to have a project in mind so options may be discussed.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides grants to state departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Increasing competitiveness may include developing local and rural food systems, improving food access in underserved communities, specialty crop research, feasibility studies, marketing projects and much more.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.

The funding cycle begins September 29, and grant funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis only. Funds cannot be awarded to projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual.

Previously funded projects range from one-to-three years in length and vary in amounts from $15,000 to over $100,000.

Funds may not be used for the following:
• Capital expenditures (equipment, buildings, land) or expenditures to make improvements to capital assets that materially increase their value or useful life
• General purpose equipment (equipment not limited to research, scientific or other technical activities)
• Equipment (an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost equal to or greater than $1,000)

Proposals must be submitted to NMDA via email by 5 p.m. March 1 using the template to be provided by NMDA at http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/marketing/ under competitive grant programs. Projects may begin September 29, as long as a sub-award is in place.

For more information, please contact NMDA Marketing Specialists Felicia Frost or Sarah Hacker at specialtycrops@nmda.nmsu.edu or (575) 646-4929

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New organic fee schedule for New Mexico takes effect Jan. 1

If you’re certified through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) Organic Program, please be aware of a new fee schedule that takes effect Jan. 1.

After many collaborative listening sessions with the organic community, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has developed a new fee schedule to address the need for a self-sustaining fee structure for the organic program. The new fee schedule will encompass an application fee and an hourly fee to complete the certification process. The new rule also allows the department to charge mileage and per diem for inspectors’ travel. The New Mexico State University Board of Regents adopted the new rule 21.15.1 NMAC, Organic Agriculture, at its Oct. 5 meeting.

The NMDA’s Organic Program is accredited through the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program and provides organic certification to farmers, ranchers and processors/handlers throughout New Mexico.

The entire rule – including the new fee schedule – may be viewed on the NMDA website at http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/21.15.1-NMAC-Organic-Agriculure.pdf [2]. At this time, the 2017 application should still be used. If you’re interested in applying for organic certification, please visit http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/marketing/organic-program/ [3].

For more information, please contact NMDA Organic Program Manager Stacy Gerk at 505-320-8590 or organic@nmda.nmsu.edu.


Earlier this year, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte spoke with Lorene Mills on Report from Santa Fe. Watch the video: