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New Mexico leads nation in pecan production

For immediate release
Oct. 14, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer,
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-2804, krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu

New Mexico leads nation in pecan production

2019 forecast is 97 million pounds

Doña Ana County is the highest pecan-producing county in the state. Pecan production in New Mexico is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds for 2019, which is the highest in the nation.
Doña Ana County is the highest pecan-producing county in the state. Pecan production in New Mexico is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds for 2019, which is the highest in the nation. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

(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.

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The pecan is a popular agriculture product in New Mexico. Pecan production in New Mexico is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds for 2019, which is the highest in the nation.
The pecan is a popular agriculture product in New Mexico. Pecan production in New Mexico is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds for 2019, which is the highest in the nation. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

Nashville performer, Las Cruces native to sing at AG Day Oct. 5

For immediate release

Sept. 25, 2019
Media Contact:          
Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu 

Family-friendly AG Day event to take place prior to Aggie Homecoming football game

 

Members of the New Mexico State University Rodeo team taught young Aggie fans how to rope at the 2018 AG Day. The rodeo team will return to this year’s event Saturday, Oct. 5. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

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.

Pistol Pete and New Mexico Beef Council showed their Aggie pride at the 2018 AG Day prior to the NMSU football game. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

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.

For more information about AG Day, email bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu, call 575-646-1864 or visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NMDeptAg.

Former Nashville performer, Las Cruces native and New Mexico State University alumna Della Bustamante will perform at the seventh annual AG Day event from 3 to 6 p.m. prior to the Aggie Homecoming football game. (Photo courtesy Mary Lee Shelton)

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NMDA extends Healthy Soil Program pilot project grant proposal deadline

(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.

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Cattle graze on rangeland in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting Healthy Soil Program pilot project grant proposals from eligible entities until Oct. 3 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)
Cattle graze on rangeland in New Mexico. 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)
Cattle roam on a New Mexico ranch. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting Healthy Soil Program pilot project grant proposals from eligible entities until Oct. 3 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)
Cattle roam on a New Mexico ranch. 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)
Crop close-up
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)

NMSU Regents approve hemp manufacturing rule

For immediate release
Sept. 4, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer,
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-2804, krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu

NMSU Regents approve NMDA’s proposed hemp manufacturing rule

(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.

The Hemp Manufacturing Act may be viewed in its entirety at https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/19%20Regular/final/HB0581.pdf.

The full text of the hemp manufacturingrule is available at www.nmda.nmsu.edu and at NMDA, which is located at 3190 S. Espina in Las Cruces.

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Several hemp plants are shown in their lush vegitative stage of growth. These plants are shown to compliment the news of hemp cultivation rules being passed in 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 administration 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. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

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NMDA and NMSU College of ACES present seventh consecutive AG Day event

For immediate release
Sept. 10, 2019
Media Contact: Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-1864, bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu

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

Aggie 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.
Aggie 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. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

(Las 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 consecutive year.

The 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.

Kickoff for the football game is at 6 p.m.

Aggie 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.

A highlight of the event is a performance by musician Della Bustamante from 3 to 6 p.m.

The NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program hosted horse rides as an interactive exhibit to young Aggie fans at AG Day 2018.
The NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program hosted horse rides as an interactive exhibit to young Aggie fans at AG Day 2018. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

“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 victory!”

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.

For more information about AG Day, email bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu, call 575-646-1864 or visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NMDeptAg.

The New Mexico Beef Council served beef samples to AG Day attendees at one of the 50 booths at 2018 AG Day.
The New Mexico Beef Council served beef samples to AG Day attendees at one of the 50 booths at 2018 AG Day. (Photo courtesy NMDA)

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