Category Archives: New Mexico Department of Agriculture Events

NMDA receives award for exemplary contributions to dam safety in New Mexico

For immediate release

Aug. 8, 2018
Media Contact: Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

New Mexico Department of Agriculture receives West Regional Award of Merit for exemplary contributions to dam safety in New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

NMDA received the 2018 West Regional Award of Merit from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). This was for its contributions to the improvement of dam safety in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer Dam Safety Bureau nominated NMDA for the ASDSO West Regional Award. This was for completing the Soil and Water Conservation District-Owned Dams Inundation Mapping and Emergency Action Planning Project. The project is a product of NMDA’s Agricultural Programs and Resources Division.

NMDA’s Agricultural Programs and Resources Division Director Julie Maitland said the award is the result of effective collaboration.

Maitland will accept the award on behalf of NMDA Sept. 10 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. This will be during the 2018 Dam Safety ASDSO National Conference.

The Dam Inundation Mapping and Emergency Action Planning Project came into fruition in 2014. This was after the New Mexico Legislature provided $1 million to NMDA.  This money provided much needed Inundation Maps and Emergency Action Plans to Soil and Water Conservation and Watershed Districts.

NMDA also received funding through the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program. This assisted in the completion of five inundation maps and two regional workshops.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said that this achievement award recognizes the partnerships that NMDA has. This is addition to the great work of the department.

This was an important and much needed project to begin the process of inundation mapping. This encouraged future dam rehabilitation and emergency action planning.

For more information about NMDA’s Dam Inundation Mapping and Emergency Action Planning Project, visit http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/home/divisions/apr/soil-and-water-conservation-districts

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NMDA accepting proposals for funding opportunity

For immediate release

July 10, 2018
Media Contact: Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

New Mexico Department of Agriculture accepting proposals for funding opportunity

Application deadline is Aug. 15
Las Cruces, New Mexico

NMDA is accepting proposals from anyone in the New Mexico agriculture industry interested in advancing an innovative concept. This is also for advancements in marketing or promotional ideas.

A total of $40,000 is available through the 2018 Agriculture Development and Promotion Funds Program (ADPFP). Individuals, as well as groups working on joint initiatives, are eligible to apply. Aug. 15 is the deadline for proposals.

The ADPFP was designed to promote agricultural growth and rural stability. It also maintains or increases market share for products already on the market. It develops markets for new products and develops value-added products.

Funds may be used to support specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. This is in addition to marketing efforts of the livestock industry, including beef, sheep, poultry and other livestock.

Projects outside the normal realm of the businesses’ current activities; having potential impact on others will be favored. ADPFP funds have been used for feasibility studies, promotional and advertising campaigns and field trials/days. Start-up costs and the purchase of land, equipment and buildings are not eligible expenditures.

“I encourage current and potential New Mexico producers, processors and other agribusinesses to apply …” Jeff Witte said. “This program provides assistance and opportunity for our local companies. This helps to expand their marketing footprint across the state, nation and world.” Jeff is the New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture.

Interested in applying? Contact the NMDA Marketing and Development Division at 575-646-4929 or specialtycrops@nmda.nmsu.edu. A brochure is available at www.nmda.nmsu.edu. An application template is available on the website by selecting divisions. Next click marketing and development, and then competitive grant programs. Funding announcements will be mailed by Sept. 5.

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The New Mexico Department of Agriculture provides funding opportunities through the Agriculture Development and Promotion Funds Program. In addition to specialty crops, funds may be applied to projects supporting marketing efforts of the livestock industry, including beef and other livestock. (Photo courtesy NMDA)
NMDA provides funding opportunities through the Agriculture Development and Promotion Funds Program. In addition to specialty crops, funds may be applied to projects. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

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NMDA offers tradeshow and cooperative advertising funding assistance

For immediate release

July 2, 2018
Media Contact:
Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer,
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-2804, krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu

NMDA offers tradeshow and cooperative advertising funding assistance

Limited funding available for fiscal year 2018-2019
Las Cruces, New Mexico

If you have a New Mexico based agricultural business, don’t miss this opportunity to apply for funding assistance.

Limited funding assistance is available through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for the current fiscal year. The year began July 1 and ends June 30, 2019. The deadline to apply for funding is Nov. 30, 2018.

The following two opportunities are available, and funding is provided on a reimbursement basis only:

  • Tradeshow assistance
  • Cooperative advertising assistance

For the tradeshow assistance opportunity, there are two options. NMDA provides up to 25 percent of the floor space cost at the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show March 1-3, 2019 in Albuquerque. For all other tradeshows, NMDA provides up to 50 percent of the floor space cost.

For the cooperative advertising assistance opportunity, NMDA provides support for advertising costs. The cost-share assistance is based on funding availability. All ads must contain either the New Mexico–Taste the Tradition or New Mexico–Grown the Tradition logo. This may be obtained by applying to the free logo program through the NMDA Marketing and Development Division. While all types of advertisements will be considered, online advertising is encouraged. Projects that exhibit collaboration amongst multiple industry members are also encouraged.

“The agriculture industry is such an important part of the New Mexico economy.  We hope businesses out there will take advantage of these unique opportunities. [To] promote their products and services,” said Jeff Witte.

For details or to download the application, visit newmexicotradition.com, click on “program” on the drop-down menu and select “funding assistance.” Applications must be submitted by Nov. 30. Questions? Email tastethetradition@nmda.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-4929.

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USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey visits New Mexico

For immediate release

June 14, 2018
Media Contact:
Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

USDA Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation visits New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation, Bill Northey, visited New Mexico this week. This was to meet with USDA constituents and employees throughout the state.

The goal of his visit was to improve customer experience by meeting with local producers and program users. This would help to identify possible areas of improvement. The visit lasted from Sunday, June 10 to Monday, June 11 and was hosted by the NMDA.

President Donald Trump nominated Northey as under secretary for the USDA Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) mission area. This nomination was earlier in the year. USDA – FPAC oversees the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Northey has also served on a soil and water conservation district board for 20 years in the state of Iowa. He also served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture from January 2, 2007 to March 5, 2018.

This visit involved meeting with members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe in Silver Lake, New Mexico on Monday. This was to oversee Environmental Quality Incentives Program projects involving forest thinning and forest management.

That same afternoon, the under secretary visited the Bonita Area to observe the devastation left by the 2014 Little Bear Fire. Northey then spoke to producers and conservationists at the Ruidoso Convention Center, regarding his new position. Northey heard constituent comments and feedback involving the NRCS, FSA and RMA programs and services during the meeting.

United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey (fifth from left), along with members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts, visited Silver Lake June 11 to observe progress made on forest management and conservation projects.
United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey (fifth from left). Members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. Farm Service Agency. New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts. These groups visited Silver Lake June 11 to observe progress made on forest management and conservation projects. (Photo Courtesy NMDA)

 

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New Mexico Secretary of Ag appointed to LGAC

Jeff Witte

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte appointed as vice chairman of EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made a reappointment. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte was appointed once more to the Local Government Advisory Committee. Witte’s vice chairman appointment is from May 2018 to May 2020. Witte was first appointed by EPA Administrator Regina McCarthy in 2015.

Pruitt noted Witte’s experience, perspective and outstanding service as reasons for the reappointment.

“It’s an honor, …” said Witte. “I look forward to the opportunity to have direct input to EPA leadership on the many important policies …”

As a member of the LGAC, Witte represents state-appointed officials. The LGAC provides advice and recommendation to the EPA Administrator to assist in developing a stronger partnership with local governments. The committee also provides direction regarding building state and local capacity to deliver environmental services and programs.