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NM seed stock producers invited to meet with Mexican cattle buyers


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Baylee Banks
Communications Assistant, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-646-1864

Dec. 3, 2019

New Mexico seed stock producers invited to meet with Mexican cattle buyers

Meeting will take place during annual Joint Stockmen’s Convention in Albuquerque

New Mexico cattle growers attended the 2018 international meeting facilitated by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture staff at the Joint Stockmen’s Convention in Albuquerque.
New Mexico cattle growers attended the 2018 international meeting facilitated by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture staff at the Joint Stockmen’s Convention in Albuquerque. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture).

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico ranchers are invited to meet with Mexican cattle buyers from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in Albuquerque at the Sandia Resort & Casino, located at 30 Rainbow Road Northeast. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is hosting the meeting in the International Room for attendees of the annual Joint Stockmen’s Convention, which is Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 12.

This is the fifth consecutive year the NMDA has facilitated this meeting during the convention hosted by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said NMDA looks forward to this opportunity. 

“The International Room at the Joint Stockmen’s Convention provides an important opportunity for New Mexico cattle growers to showcase their livestock, meet their neighbors from Mexico and learn their cattle needs,” said Witte. “Relationships are created, friendships are developed, and cattle producers from both countries benefit.”

Buyers are interested in Angus, Hereford, Charolais, Santa Gertrudis and Brangus breeds. Ranchers are encouraged to bring catalogs, photos, Expected Progeny Differences and videos, as laptops will be available. Ranchers who have production sales are also encouraged to bring their invitations.

Producers attending the meeting do not have to be members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, however, they must register for the Joint Stockmen’s Convention. Visit nmagriculture.org to register. For more information about the convention, call 505-247-0584 or email nmcga@nmagriculture.org.

For more information regarding the international meeting, or if you are unable to attend, contact NMDA Marketing Specialist Juan Sanchez at 575-646-4929 or jsanchez@nmda.nmsu.edu.

Several cattle buyers from Mexico attended the 2018 Joint Stockmen’s Convention in Albuquerque. An international meeting was facilitated by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture staff.
Several cattle buyers from Mexico attended the 2018 Joint Stockmen’s Convention in Albuquerque. An international meeting was facilitated by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture staff. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture).

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New Mexico Livestock Board Executive Director Appointed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

Nov. 22, 2019

New Mexico Livestock Board Executive Director Appointed

ALBUQUERQUE Belinda Garland was appointed executive director of the New Mexico Livestock Board on Nov. 1. Garland was most recently deputy county manager of Torrance County. She is the first woman appointed to head the New Mexico Livestock Board.

Garland has 28 years of experience working in state and county government roles. Prior to serving as deputy county manager, she served as the Torrance County Manager. Her career also includes positions with the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department, New Mexico Human Services Department and New Mexico Gaming Control Board.

Garland holds bachelor’s degrees in agricultural business and animal science from Panhandle State University. Born and raised in Torrance County, Garland is a fourth-generation rancher.

Her first day in the New Mexico Livestock Board office will be Monday, Dec. 9.

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Healthy Soil Program education, outreach funding available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

Nov. 18, 2019

Healthy Soil Program education, outreach funding available

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A crop in New Mexico thrives. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting Healthy Soil Program pilot project grant proposals from eligible entities until Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. The program is a result of the Healthy Soil Act signed into law in April 2019. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

 

Application deadline is Jan. 15

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is receiving applications for Healthy Soil Program Education and Outreach Grants.

The Education and Outreach Grant Program is a result of 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.

“We’re excited to roll out the second part of the Healthy Soil Program,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “While the first part’s focus was on-the-ground projects, we’re now offering funding specifically for healthy soil education and outreach to help build capacity across New Mexico.”

This program funds projects whose aim is to advance soil health and soil health stewardship. Grants pay for the creation, development and delivery of education and outreach projects and materials in support of soil health stewardship. Both governmental and non-profit organizations can apply directly to NMDA. Private parties (individuals and for-profit organizations) must apply through an eligible entity as defined in the Healthy Soil Act.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 15.

Following are examples of eligible activities:

  • Workshops and training in soil health stewardship to agricultural producers
  • Workshops and training in soil health stewardship to eligible entities and technical assistance providers
  • Producer-to-producer education and outreach
  • Education of students and youth about the importance of soil health
  • Education and outreach for soil assessment and testing

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Questions? Call 575-646-2642.

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Agricultural Workforce Development funding available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Kristie Garcia
Public Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-646-2804
Oct. 31, 2019

Agricultural Workforce Development funding available

Pilot program aims to provide hands-on educational opportunities

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is launching the Agricultural Workforce Development Pilot Program to offer incentives to agricultural businesses to hire interns. The program is the result of the Agricultural Workforce Development Program Act passed and signed into law in April 2019.

The pilot program is intended to provide hands-on educational opportunities for students aspiring to start careers in agriculture, as well as young or beginning farmers and ranchers.

Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte said the desire to close a gap was at the heart of the Agricultural Workforce Development effort during the legislative session.

“New Mexico has a large population of aging farmers and ranchers, but we also have a large population of people who aspire to work in the ag industry,” said Witte. “Yet, at times it’s challenging to connect these two groups. This pilot program was created to bridge the gap between these groups that are both vital to our ag industry.”

The pilot program does not match businesses and interns, but it defrays the cost of agricultural businesses hiring interns that have already been identified. The program aims to incentivize the transfer of knowledge and skills from one generation to the next.

Agricultural business operators and potential interns should visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu/awd-applications/ for more information or to submit an application. The program launches Oct. 31, and applications will be accepted until funds are expended. 

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Firewood consumers are encouraged to know the law

State law requires firewood to be advertised and sold by the cord or fraction of a cord. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture Standards and Consumer Services Division enforces the state’s Weights and Measures Law, which includes how firewood must be advertised and sold in order to maintain fairness in the marketplace.
State law requires firewood to be advertised and sold by the cord or fraction of a cord. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture Standards and Consumer Services Division enforces the state’s Weights and Measures Law, which includes how firewood must be advertised and sold in order to maintain fairness in the marketplace.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Kristie Garcia
Public Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-646-2804
Oct. 30, 2019

Firewood consumers are encouraged to know the law

State law requires firewood to be advertised and sold by the cord or fraction of a cord

LAS CRUCES – If you plan to buy firewood this year, know what to avoid in order to get your money’s worth.

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) Standards and Consumer Services Division enforces the state’s Weights and Measures Law, which includes how firewood must be advertised and sold in order to maintain fairness in the marketplace.

State law requires firewood to be advertised and sold by the cord or fraction of a cord. A cord is legally defined as 128 cubic feet of wood and is commonly seen in a tight stack 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 8 feet long, with logs stacked parallel to one another. State law also requires the seller to provide a receipt or invoice noting what fraction of a cord is being sold and the type of wood.

State law allows for firewood to be sold by the pound in lesser amounts, but the seller must declare the price-per-cord equivalent. This does not apply to firewood sold in packaged bundles less than 100 pounds.

Raymond Johnson, NMDA Standards and Consumer Services Division Director, said consumers should be aware of the state law related to firewood.

“This time of year, you might see some roadside firewood sellers or Craigslist sellers using certain terms, such as face cord, loose cord, Albuquerque cord, truckload, load, rack or pile,” said Johnson. “But none of those are actual legal units of measurement. You really don’t know whether you’re getting a fair deal when you buy firewood labeled in these ways.”

Johnson said customers should look for firewood sold by the cord or fraction of a cord.

Keep in mind the following when buying firewood in New Mexico:

  • The buyer should have the firewood stacked and measured while the seller is present.
  • It is illegal to sell firewood in unspecified quantities such as load, truckload, face cord, rack, pile or loose cord.
  • If firewood is sold by weight, the seller must declare the price per unit of weight and the equivalent price per cord. This does not apply to fuel wood sold in packaged bundles less than 100 pounds.
  • Each delivery of firewood must be accompanied by a receipt or invoice containing the name and address of the buyer and seller, date of delivery, quantity delivered, identity of the commodity and the total selling price.
  • If possible, the buyer should get the seller’s phone number and write down the license plate of the delivery vehicle.
  • Bundles of kindling wood or similar packages must be labeled with a statement of net content in terms of weight or measure.
  • The label must include the name and place of business of the packager or distributor and a word or phrase identifying the product.

For more information about firewood sales, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu/scs/ or call NMDA’s Standards and Consumer Services Division at 575-646-1616.

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