New Mexico Department of Agriculture

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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.

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2022 Chile Labor Incentive Program (CLIP)

The State of New Mexico is providing $1 million in financial assistance to the New Mexico chile industry through the Chile Labor Incentive Program (CLIP). These funds will be administered by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. The intent of CLIP is to support both the chile farmers and chile processors in their effort to incentivize hiring and retention of the seasonal workforce necessary to harvest and process New Mexico chile crops from the 2021 harvest season through the 2024 harvest season, or until funding has been exhausted.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Information

As of April 27, 2022, there have been no confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in New Mexico. Over 20 states have had confirmed cases of HPAI in domestic flocks. These include commercial operations and backyard flocks. Avian influenza is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and wild birds (especially waterfowl). 

Healthy Soil Program Grant Application Period Open March 18 until May 12

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The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for its Healthy Soil Program from Friday, March 18 until Thursday, May 12. Grant funding may be used for projects in New Mexico that focus on one or more of the five basic soil health principles named in the Healthy Soil Act: keeping the soil covered; minimizing soil disturbance on cropland and minimizing external inputs; maximizing biodiversity; maintaining a living root; and integrating animals into land management, including grazing animals, birds, beneficial insects or keystone species, such as earthworms.  For more information and to sign up for Healthy Soil Program updates, please visit

Agricultural Workforce Development Program

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New Mexico-based agricultural businesses may apply for internship funding through NMDA’s Agricultural Workforce Development Program. The goal of the program is to create opportunities for young and beginning farmers and ranchers, including students, to gain work experience in agriculture that can turn into careers and thus support New Mexico’s agricultural future. The program provides incentives to New Mexico agricultural businesses to hire interns. The grant application period will open January 4, 2022 and continue until funds are fully allocated or by April 1, 2022, whichever comes first. Funds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be fully expended by June 15, 2022. Click here for details regarding the program’s criteria, requirements, allowable expenses, application process and intern eligibility.

2021 AG Day

Sponsored by the New Mexico Beef Council, 2021 AG Day was Saturday, Sept. 25, during New Mexico State University’s Homecoming celebration and prior to the NMSU vs. Hawaii football game. Read the recap here.

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:

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