For immediate release Oct. 14, 2019 Media Contact: Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Agriculture 575-646-2804, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mexico leads nation in pecan production
2019 forecast is 97 million pounds
(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – Pecan production in New Mexico is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds, which is a 6% increase from 2018. The forecast was included in the October 2019 Crop Production Report released by the United States Department of Agriculture – National Agricultural Statistics Service last week.
Georgia’s forecast is second in the nation at 76 million pounds, followed by Texas at 47 million pounds.
New Mexico produced 91.1 million pounds of pecans in 2018.
Pecan production in the United States overall is expected to increase this year by 21%, with a forecast of 281 million pounds.
Visit www.nass.usda.gov to view a full copy of the October 2019 Crop Production report.
Sept. 25, 2019 Media Contact: Baylee Banks New Mexico Department of Agriculture 575-646-1864, email@example.com
Family-friendly AG Day event to take place prior to Aggie Homecoming football game
Nashville performer and Las Cruces native Della Bustamante to sing at AG Day
(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – The seventh annual AG Day event is just around the corner! AG Day is from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in the Pan American Center south parking lot adjacent to Aggie Memorial Stadium, and admission is free. The event is hosted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate New Mexico agriculture before cheering on the Aggies at the Homecoming game against the Liberty Flames. This year’s AG Day is sponsored by New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services.
Over 40 booths representing numerous NMSU groups, as well as businesses and organizations from New Mexico’s agriculture community, will be available to Aggie fans at the event. AG Day will feature farm animals, educational exhibits, games, prizes, samples of New Mexico-made food and a live performance by former Nashville performer, Las Cruces native and NMSU alumna Della Bustamante from 3 to 6 p.m.
Aggie fans are also encouraged to attend the NMSU Homecoming parade prior to AG Day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. along University Avenue. The event is free for all attendees.
Aggie football tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 when you mention “AG Day.” For ticket information, call 575-646-1420.
(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has extended the grant proposal deadline for its Healthy Soil Program to Nov. 6.
The Healthy Soil Program was created in the Healthy Soil Act signed into law April 2, 2019. The act’s purpose is to promote and support farming and ranching systems and other forms of land management that increase soil organic matter, aggregate stability, microbiology and water retention to improve the state’s soil health, yield and profitability.
“There has been substantial interest in this pilot program,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “With this being a new program, we want to ensure New Mexicans have an adequate amount of time to work through the grant proposal process and that they have any questions answered by our team.”
New Mexico farmers and ranchers interested in applying must do so through local governmental entities with proven land management capacity to support healthy soil.
Grant funding may be used for agricultural pilot projects in New Mexico that focus on one or more of five basic soil health principles: keeping the soil covered; minimizing soil disturbance on cropland; maximizing biodiversity; maintaining a living root; and integrating animals into land management.
NMDA strongly recommends that farmers and ranchers who intend to apply check with the eligible entity to learn what its deadline is. Eligible entities will review and sign on to the proposals they receive before forwarding them to NMDA by its 5 p.m. deadline Nov. 6.
For more information or to download a proposal, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2642.
(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s proposed hemp manufacturing rule at its regular meeting Sept. 4.
The rule accompanies statutory language that provides NMDA
specific administrative authorities related to the licensing and inspection of
laboratories testing raw hemp for regulatory purposes, as well as the licensing
and inspection of persons breeding hemp that may possess plants greater than
.3% and less than 5% THC.
Legal authority authorizing the rule is granted to the board
of regents of New Mexico State University under Chapter 76, Article 24, Section
1, NMSA 1978 Compilation.
NMDA held two rulemaking hearings for the public in
Albuquerque and Las Cruces in June.
During the 2019 legislative session, House Bill 581 Hemp
Manufacturing Act was passed and signed into law. The legislation grants NMDA
and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) the regulatory authority over
manufacturers, processors, labs, researchers and plant breeders.
The 2018 farm bill removed hemp from the federal controlled
substances act and provided a framework for the growing of hemp. NMDA is
currently licensing hemp producers. Applications for hemp cultivation licenses
are available at www.nmda.nmsu.edu.
NMDA and NMED have worked closely with producers and
processors who are seeking security in the development of the extracting,
processing and manufacturing components of this new industry.
For immediate release Sept. 10, 2019 Media Contact: Baylee Banks New Mexico Department of Agriculture 575-646-1864, firstname.lastname@example.org
NMDA and NMSU College of ACES present
seventh consecutive AG Day event
AG Day to take place Oct. 5 prior to Aggie
Homecoming football game
Cruces, New Mexico) –
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 5: The New Mexico Department of
Agriculture and New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer
and Environmental Sciences are teaming up to host AG Day for the seventh
family friendly street fair will be held prior to the NMSU vs. Liberty Flames
Homecoming football game. AG Day is from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Pan American Center
south parking lot adjacent to Aggie Memorial Stadium on the NMSU campus, and
admission is free. This year’s AG Day is sponsored by New Mexico Farm &
Livestock Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services.
for the football game is at 6 p.m.
fans can expect over 50 booths representing numerous NMSU groups, as well as
businesses and organizations from New Mexico’s agriculture community, at AG
Day. The event will feature farm animals, educational exhibits, games, prizes,
live music and samples of New Mexico-made food.
highlight of the event is a performance by musician Della Bustamante from 3 to
“This year’s AG Day is sure to bring a wide variety of
fun games, great food, amazing music, and plenty of opportunities for kids and
adults to learn about New Mexico’s agriculture industry,” said New Mexico
Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “I invite all Aggie fans to join us at AG
Day, Celebrate NMSU’s homecoming, and cheer on our Aggie football team to
fans are also encouraged to attend the NMSU Homecoming parade prior to AG Day
from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. along University Avenue. The event is free for all
football tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 when you mention “AG Day.”
information, call 575-646-1420.