New Mexico Department of Agriculture

PLEASE NOTE: As of June 1, 2021, the Las Cruces NMDA main building is open to the public. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, however, not all employees are available in person during these hours. Appointments are highly encouraged to ensure the person you need to meet with is available and to minimize the number of people in the building. Click here for the NMDA Division Directory. We are operating under the guidelines of the current State of New Mexico Public Health Order and are continuing to follow COVID-Safe Practices. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call 575-646-3007 or email

Our Vision
NMDA benefits the public by promoting the viability and advancement of New Mexico agriculture and affiliated industries.

Our Mission
NMDA promotes a fair marketplace, food protection, marketing, and economic development; supports the beneficial use and conservation of natural resources; and works cooperatively with the public and private sectors.

Healthy Soil Program Grant Applications Due by 5 p.m. July 2

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for its Healthy Soil Program until 5 p.m. Friday, July 2. Grant funding may be used for agricultural 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. For more information and to apply, visit Late applications will not be accepted.

Pesticide Disposal Events

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture periodically hosts pesticide disposal events around the state. These events are free and available to all farmers, ranchers and New Mexico residents. We collect any type of pesticide, treated seed, or rinsate. Agricultural plastic recycling services may also be available depending on the location/date. Most recently, NMDA held pesticide disposal events in Portales March 30, 2021, in Vado Nov. 10, 2020 and in Los Lunas Nov. 12, 2020. Please email or call 575-646-2134 to inquire about future disposal events.

Drought Resources for Agricultural Producers

New Mexico’s drought intensity levels remain at severe, extreme or exceptional, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor. The Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center at New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture remind producers of the seriousness of the drought situation. Producers are encouraged to visit the new drought resources page, which includes information about and links to various resources at the local, state, federal and university levels: