New Mexico Department of Agriculture

PLEASE NOTE: The Las Cruces NMDA main building is closed per New Mexico State University policy; however, our staff remains committed and is available as needed for necessary business operation including, but not limited to, licensing, regulation, sampling on a complaint basis and functions related to our metrology lab, chemistry lab, petroleum lab and seed lab. If you have urgent business with NMDA, please call us at 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.

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:

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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The New Mexico Department of Agriculture accepts proposals annually for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The deadline to submit 2021 proposals is currently closed. Please check the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding opportunities page at for any program updates and for details about the grant program. Questions? Email