NMDA is pleased to announce that it is working with a dozen other agencies and organizations across New Mexico agriculture to coordinate and host the 2014 AgriFuture Education Institute in Albuquerque, May 12-14. The institute aims to inform and inspire the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and others in agriculture. It is open to those 40 and under; veterans of our armed services are encouraged to attend.
The agenda is still coming together, but we promise an exciting three days:
- Tours of agribusinesses
- Breakout sessions with industry leaders
- Mentor dinners with industry leaders
- Networking opportunities to connect with up-and-coming farmers and ranchers like yourself
Please check back here periodically for agenda and registration updates — or, you can simply join the event page on Facebook, where we will be posting more details as they become available. And be sure to both share and print out the event flyer.
Number of farms, young farmers, minority farmers rising in New Mexico
New federal data reveal diverse portrait of farming, ranching across Land of Enchantment
(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – There have been significant increases in the number of farms, young farmers, and minority farmers in New Mexico in recent years, according to the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Funds available for New Mexico agriculture projects involving “specialty crops”
March 4 and 6 workshops will walk potential applicants through application process
(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – New Mexicans involved in agriculture and other types of food production are invited to apply to New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) for a portion of as much as $600 thousand in federal funds to benefit specialty crops. Funds are made available through USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).
“A good percentage of what we grow here in New Mexico is considered specialty crops,” said David Lucero, who directs NMDA’s Marketing and Development Division. “Pecans, chile, onions, greenhouse/nursery crops, pinto beans, honey – they’re all examples of specialty crops, which means projects centered around them could be considered for funding through this program.”
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