2018 Rounders Award Recipients
Artist Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt (far left) and weaver Irvin Trujillo (second from right) are 2018 Rounders Award recipients. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte (far right) presented the awards to the two men Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe. The award is named after The Rounders, a classic western novel written by New Mexican Max Evans (second from left). Created in 1990 by former New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Frank DuBois, the purpose of the award is to honor those who live, promote and articulate the western way of life. This year’s recipients join 23 previous honorees, including Max Evans as the inaugural award recipient.
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S.3042 Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill)
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:
- Legalizing the production of industrial hemp
- Requiring production plans to be submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture via the state department of agriculture
- Removing hemp from the controlled substances list
- Allowing for interstate commerce of hemp
- Including hemp as an eligible crop within agriculture research and crop insurance programs
Updates will be posted as the process continues.
PECAN WEEVIL INTERIOR QUARANTINE
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Pecan Weevil is considered the most significant insect pest of pecan producers. Previous periodic introductions of pecan weevil into New Mexico have triggered grower specific quarantines and eradication procedures. Pecan weevil was recently confirmed in approximately 200 residential pecan trees in several eastern New Mexico pecan growing counties and several commercial pecan orchards. This recent widespread establishment of pecan weevil in eastern New Mexico’s residential areas has dictated a more comprehensive approach to maintaining New Mexico’s pecan weevil-free status. The Pecan Weevil Interior Quarantine restricts the transportation of pecan weevil from quarantine areas to non-quarantined areas by establishing quarantine areas, restrictions and treatment options on regulated articles, disposition protocol, and fees
Questions? Contact New Mexico Department of Agriculture at 575-646-3007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org