ALBUQUERQUE – Are you interested in learning about organic farming and production? As an attendee of this year’s New Mexico Organic Farming Conference, you will have the opportunity to connect with organic farmers, ranchers and researchers and gain insight from their experiences and expertise.
Over 300 participants are expected to attend the Southwest’s largest organic gathering Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, located at 800 Rio Grande Blvd. Northwest in Albuquerque.
The annual conference will focus on organic production and networking opportunities and will include over 30 session tracks on topics including watershed, soil health, cover crops, pests, pollinators, grant resources, next generation farmers and much more.
Attendees can also expect a showcase of organic goods offered by exhibitors, an organic luncheon and demonstrations by the New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute and the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center.
Keynote speakers include Chef Fernando Ruiz and New Mexico farmer John Sedillo, both of whom will share their individual experiences within the agriculture industry focusing on topics including food and regenerative practices.
New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will provide the welcome address.
Registration, hotel information and a tentative schedule of events is available at www.nmofc.org. The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the conference venue is Monday, Jan. 20.
LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico pecan industry is important to the state’s economy, and New Mexico Department of Agriculture officials remind the public of the Pecan Weevil Quarantine Rule that affects movement of in-shell pecans.
Last November, the Pecan Weevil Interior Quarantine Rule went into effect. The rule establishes quarantine areas, restrictions and treatment options. Quarantined areas include Eddy, Lea and Chaves Counties. The interior rule is an addition to New Mexico’s Pecan Weevil Exterior Quarantine Rule enacted in 1997. The exterior rule restricts the movement of in-shell pecans originating in all states except Arizona, California and the Texas counties of El Paso and Hudspeth, as well as parts of Culberson County.
To prevent the spread of pecan weevil in New Mexico, in-shell pecans cannot be transported out of quarantined areas unless one of the following treatments has occurred:
Storage in an approved cold storage chamber at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit for a period of seven consecutive days (168 hours) after the entire lot reaches zero degrees Fahrenheit
Immersion in hot water for a period of five minutes after reaching a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit
The shipment of in-shell pecans originating from a New Mexico quarantined county directly to an approved New Mexico cold storage facility is allowed. Approval from NMDA must be obtained prior to shipments. In-shell pecan shipments that do not comply with state pecan weevil quarantine requirements risk destruction, confiscation or other consequences as allowed by state law.
Pecan weevil is considered the most significant insect pest of pecan producers. If not contained, the pest could affect the state’s pecan industry’s economic impact. According to the United States Department of Agriculture–National Agricultural Statistics Service, the state’s pecan production in 2018 was over 91 million pounds with a production value of $187 million. New Mexico’s 2019 pecan production forecast is at a record high of 97 million pounds.
New Mexico leads the nation in pecan production density. The top five pecan-producing counties in the state are Doña Ana (over 34,000 acres), Eddy (over 5,000), Chaves (over 3,000), Luna (over 1,000) and Sierra (about 500). Doña Ana County leads the entire nation in pecan production with just under 67 million pounds from 34,319 acres.
Widespread establishment of pecan weevil in New Mexico’s commercial and residential pecan acres would result in additional two-to-four pesticide applications at an estimated statewide industry cost of $4.0 to $6.5 million per year. Until an effective control method is developed, establishment of pecan weevil in the state’s organic pecan orchards would probably result in the loss of that portion of the industry.
If you suspect the presence of pecan weevil or have any questions, please contact the New Mexico Department of Agriculture at 575-646-3207.
Contact: Kristie Garcia Public Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Agriculture firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kristie Garcia Public Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Agriculture email@example.com 575-646-2804
Nov. 18, 2019
Healthy Soil Program education, outreach funding available
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.
LAS CRUCES – Las estimaciones muestran que la producción utilizada de nueces en Nuevo México en 2019 alcanzó una cifra récord de 96,6 millones de libras, un 6% más que la producción utilizada de 91,1 millones de libras en 2018. Los datos preliminares se incluyeron en el informe de Producción de Nueces del 23 de enero, publicado por Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos – Servicio Nacional de Estadísticas Agrícolas.
La cosecha de nueces no estará completa hasta finales de febrero, momento en que USDA-NASS tomará los datos finales. Se tiene previsto publicar las cifras finales de producción de cultivos el 5 de mayo.
Nuevo México está clasificado como el primer estado productor de nueces en los Estados Unidos. El valor estimado de la producción de nueces de Nuevo México en 2019 fue de $ 170,02 millones de dólares.
“La Tierra del Encanto” también tiene el condado productor de nueces más alto de la nación. Según el censo de 2017, el condado de Doña Ana es líder del país con 34.319 acres totales, de los cuales 31.891 producían. El estado en su conjunto tenía 50.722 acres totales de nueces, de los cuales 44.434 producían.
Según los datos preliminares de 2019, Nuevo México tuvo la producción utilizada más alta, seguida de Georgia con 69 millones de libras. El informe señaló que muchos árboles en Georgia todavía se estaban recuperando de los efectos del huracán Michael del año pasado, incluidas las raíces rotas y la pérdida de ramas fructíferas. El clima seco y caluroso de fines de agosto a octubre también afectó negativamente la producción de Georgia.
Visite www.nass.usda.gov para ver una copia completa del informe de Producción de Nueces.