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.

FDA Alert: Certain Lots of Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in cooperation with the state departments of agriculture for Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington, is investigating certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins. On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods expanded the recall to include additional products that contain corn and were made in their Oklahoma manufacturing plant. For more information, visit the FDA website.

New Mexico Bull Sale 2021 Calendar

Click here for the New Mexico Bull Sale 2021 calendar.
Haga clic aquí para ver el calendario “Subasta de Toros Nuevo México 2021″ en español.

Pesticide Disposal Event in Portales March 30

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will host a pesticide disposal event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 in Portales at the NMDA Peanut Grading Station, located at 721 E. Lime Street. The pesticide disposal event provides the general public, agricultural industry and pest control industry the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted pesticides. NMDA sponsored pesticide disposal events in Vado Nov. 10 and in Los Lunas Nov. 12, partnering with CleanEarth Environmental Solutions and USAg Recycling. Over the past 13 years, NMDA has partnered with recycling companies and hosts to hold these events, at which over 680,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides and their containers have been collected. Questions? Email or call 575-646-2134.

Water Outlook and Drought Management Presentations for New Mexico Agricultural Producers

The Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center at New Mexico State University hosted a series of sessions via Zoom. Experts from various agencies discussed forecasts, drought updates and risk management tools available. Sessions were held Nov. 5, Nov. 10, Dec. 1 and Dec. 14. Recordings for the first three sessions are available at The recording for the Dec. 14 session from the Joint Stockmen’s Convention – hosted by the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association – was geared toward livestock producers and is available here. For more information about these efforts, please email or call 575-646-5949 or 575-339-5035.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Rows of colorful flowers blossom in an indoor greenhouse.

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