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.

Water Outlook and Drought Management Zoom
for New Mexico Agricultural Producers

The Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center at New Mexico State University is hosting a series of sessions via Zoom. The next two sessions are tentatively planned for Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Monday, Dec. 14. Experts from various agencies will discuss forecasts, drought updates and risk management tools available.

Details will be announced as soon as they are available. For more information, please email or call 575-646-5949 or 575-339-5035.

Pesticide Disposal

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture sponsored pesticide disposal events in Vado Nov. 10, 2020 and Los Lunas Nov. 12, 2020. Held periodically throughout the state, the pesticide disposal events provide the agricultural industry, pest control industry and the general public the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted pesticides. Agricultural plastic recycling services may also be available depending on the location and date. 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. NMDA partnered with CleanEarth Environmental Solutions and USAg Recycling for the most recent events.

NMDA looks forward to continuing this program in the future. Please email or call (575) 646-2134 to inquire about future disposal events.