Category Archives: New Mexico Department of Agriculture Events

Pecan weevil affects residential pecan trees


For Immediate Release:
March 29, 2017
Contact: Chelsi Van Dyke
575-646-3007 office

LAS CRUCES, N.M.

NMDA recognizes that a small number of residential pecan trees are being affected by pecan weevil. This is occurring in five eastern New Mexico cities. Pecan weevil is a significant insect pest of pecan. It is not recognized as being established in New Mexico commercial orchards.

NMDA and NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service recognize the economic importance of the pecan industry. It is important to the region and the negative impact that pecan weevil will have on the industry. Over the past 10 years, both organizations have cooperated on annual surveys and outreach programs. This is part of an early detection and eradication approach to prevent pecan weevil establishment in the western region.

Recently pecan weevil has been identified in residential trees in Clovis, Roswell, and Lovington. Additional pecan trees were identified with pecan weevil in Artesia and Hobbs.

As a result of the recent pecan weevil findings, NMDA has extended the original sixty-day quarantine. It added an additional 90 days. Limit the spread of pecan weevil from infested residential trees to commercial orchards. Movement of pecans produced within the city limits of Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs, Artesia, and Lovington is restricted. This restriction requires a certificate from NMDA stating specific pecans meet one or more of the following requirements.

  • Pecans that are sold, traded or gifted in a manner that meet the phytosanitary requirements of the receiving location. They must also be transported in a department approved manner.
  • Pecans treated at 0 degrees for 168 continuous hours, or other department approved treatment methods;
  • The inspection of a pecan sample where no pecans exhibit signs of the pecan weevil or weevil presence.
  • Pecans originating in the quarantined area but believed, by the department, not to have the presence of pecan weevil.

Specifics regarding the certification of pecan nuts can be found within the quarantine rule at http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/21.17.36-NMAC-3.27.2017-AMENDED.pdf. Information is also available at the affected area’s County Cooperative Extension Offices.  Residential and commercial pecan tree owners should be on the lookout. Look for pecans with round, BB-sized holes in the shells, or legless, white grubs inside the pecan nut. If you suspect you have pecan weevil in your residential pecan trees, contact your local County Cooperative Extension Office. Chaves County residents may contact Sandra Barraza at 575-622-3210. Lea County residents should contact Wayne Cox at 575-396-2819. Residents in Eddy County should contact Woods Houghton at 575-887-6595. Curry County residents should contact the Cooperative Extension Office at 575-763-6505. Lovington residents should contact the Lea County Cooperative Extension Office at 575-396-2819.

NMDA and NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service will continue to work with city elected officials and residents of affected areas. They will provide education and eradication efforts.

Organic Program Community Meetings 2016

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is conducting follow-up meetings to the ones held at the beginning of August.  The purpose of the meetings is to provide information on additional funding alternatives to the New Mexico Organic industry. This is to keep the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Organic Program (Program) operating in a positive cash-flow.  NMDA cordially invites you to participate in any or all of the planned meetings to discuss these options.

If you are unable to attend the meetings, NMDA will once again offer the meeting through Adobe Connect. This will be offered during the Las Cruces meeting only. To access the webcast, please join us at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/organiccommmeeting/ .

We look forward to seeing or hearing from you, see below for a list of times and locations.

Las Cruces Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m.

NMDA Main Conference Room, 3190 S. Espina St.
(NMDA is located on the NMSU campus; print a free parking pass)

Portales Monday, October 10, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Roosevelt County Extension Office, 705 E. Lime St.

Albuquerque

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd., NW

Santa Fe

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Santa Fe County Extension Office, 3229 Rodeo Road

Organic Program Follow-up Meetings Announced

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is conducting follow-up meetings to the ones held at the beginning of August. The purpose of the meetings is to provide information on additional funding alternatives to the New Mexico Organic industry. The goal is to keep the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Organic Program operating in a positive cash-flow. NMDA cordially invites you to participate in any or all of the planned meetings to discuss these options.

If you are unable to attend the meetings, NMDA will once again offer the meeting through Adobe Connect. This will be available during the Las Cruces meeting only. To access the webcast, please join us at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/organiccommmeeting/ .

We look forward to seeing or hearing from you, see below for a list of times and locations.

Las Cruces 

Thursday, October 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.

NMDA Main Conference Room, 3190 S. Espina St.
(NMDA is located on the NMSU campus)

Portales Monday, October 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Roosevelt County Extension Office, 705 E. Lime St.

Albuquerque 

Tuesday, October 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd., NW

 

Santa Fe

Tuesday, October 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Santa Fe County Extension Office, 3229 Rodeo Road

2016 marks 25th anniversary of state’s organic program

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the state program that inspects and gives certifications. Farms, ranches, and other New Mexico businesses want use this to label their organics.

In 1991, the New Mexico Legislature created the Organic Commodity Commission.  It became known as the Organic Program in 2011 when the legislature relocated the program to NMDA.  The Organic Program offers nationally accredited organic certification. Farmers, ranchers, and food processors throughout New Mexico, as well as application and marketing assistance get certification this way.

Learn more about NMDA’s Organic Program.