New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Carole Johnson is one of several scientists at NMDA’s Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) lab who performs tests to identify disease and cause of death in animals large and small from across the state.  Under new accreditation, the Albuquerque lab is now permitted to conduct more specialized tests.

Carole Johnson is one of several scientists at NMDA’s Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) lab who performs tests to identify disease and cause of death in animals.

State lab earns accreditation, expands services to protect New Mexico’s animal health

The state lab whose work helps protect against the spread of disease in New Mexico’s animals – big and small, domesticated and wild – is expanding its services under new national accreditation.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s (NMDA) Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) laboratory, located in Albuquerque, analyzes animal specimens – whether a vial of fluid, a piece of tissue, or an entire carcass – to identify disease or determine the cause of death in everything from mice to mules.  Now, thanks to the accreditation VDS earned from the National Animal Health Laboratory Network in April, the lab is adding new tests.

New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte was raised on a ranch in northern New Mexico.

New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte was raised on a ranch in northern New Mexico.

Op-ed: New Mexico ag secretary on ag’s role in state economy, culture, water cycle

National Farmers Market Week got me thinking about the economic and cultural importance of not just the state’s 75 farmers markets, but of New Mexico agriculture more broadly.

What would this region be like without the people who have called this place home for centuries and even millennia, thanks in part to the Three Sisters of beans, corn, and squash?  How different would the meaning of la comunidad be in northern New Mexico without the water-sharing approach of our acequia system?  What water would sustain our state’s wildlife populations if not for the rainwater that sheep and cattle ranchers catch in dirt tanks to water their animals year-round?

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Beautiful produce like this – grown by Abiquiu-based Malandro Farm and sold at the Santa Fe Farmers Market – is a great example of the fresh, local food you’ll find at New Mexico’s 75 farmers markets.

Beautiful produce like this – grown by Abiquiu-based Malandro Farm and sold at the Santa Fe Farmers Market – is a great example of the fresh, local food you’ll find at New Mexico’s 75 farmers markets.

New Mexico’s 75 farmers markets good for economy, community
USDA picks Santa Fe to kick off National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 2-8

If you need proof that farmers markets are good for the economy and community, just spend some time during National Farmers Market Week watching the exchanges of locally grown food, dollars, and conversation that take place at any of New Mexico’s 75 farmers markets.

According to the New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association, the combined sales at all of New Mexico’s 75 farmers markets amounts to close to $9 million a year.  Farmers markets have also seen an increase in the diversity of their customers.

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In this March 17 photo, Witte testifies before a Congressional panel on the impacts an EPA proposal would have on American farmers and ranchers.

In this March 17 photo, Witte testifies before a Congressional panel on the impacts an EPA proposal would have on American farmers and ranchers.

New Mexico agriculture secretary tapped
to help inform federal environmental agency

The state’s top agricultural official has been tapped by the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration to help advise the federal agency in the regulations it oversees.

In the letter inviting New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte to serve on the committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Witte’s “experience and perspective would be particularly valuable to the EPA as we explore the ways in which national policy might affect state and local governments.”

Read more about the committee Witte will serve on.

NM Ag Leadership programNMDA encourages people
in New Mexico food, agriculture
to apply for agricultural leadership program

 

The New Mexico Agricultural Leadership (NMAL) is a multidisciplinary, statewide, 18-month program that helps develop knowledgeable, multicultural leaders for New Mexico’s food, agricultural and natural resource sectors.  The program includes visits with diverse leaders; tours of industrial, agricultural, natural, cultural, and social sites; and exploration of effective communication and leadership skills.

NMDA is one of many proud sponsors of the program.  New Mexico Secretary Jeff Witte was instrumental in the creation of the program more than a decade ago.

Apply now to become part of the 11th cohort, scheduled to begin this November.  For more information call 575 646 6691 or e-mail nmal@nmsu.edu.

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