New Mexico Department of Agriculture

PLEASE NOTE: NMDA offices are open to the public. Please click here for specific building office hours and information. For parking, road closure and building pathway information at the Las Cruces office, please see the map below. 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. As of August 2, 2021, masks are required at all indoor State of New Mexico locations and offices when social distancing to maintain six feet of distance between individuals is not possible. This indoor mask requirement applies to all labs, meeting rooms, hallways, vehicles and other spaces, and to all staff, students and visitors to NMDA, regardless of vaccination status. NMDA continues to follow guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Mexico Department of Health regarding masks. 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.

The Chile Labor Incentive Program (CLIP) has been suspended as of Dec. 3, 2021.

Healthy Soil Program Grant Application Period to Open in March

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The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will open its next Healthy Soil Program grant application period in March. 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

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Virtual Workshops Set for January

Over $500,000 in funding is available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is holding virtual workshops in January in preparation for the Feb. 15 grant proposal deadline. Outreach workshops for potential applicants to learn more and to gain a better understanding of the program will be held as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.
Click here to register in advance for this workshop.

Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7 a.m.
Click here to register in advance for this workshop.

Thursday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.
Click here to register in advance for this workshop.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are unable to attend any of the workshops, you may schedule a one-on-one meeting by emailing by Thursday, Jan. 13. Emails must include the preferred date and time. For more information, please visit

Agricultural Workforce Development Program

Young woman touching pear on pear tree, two young men working on a fence on ranch, young man repairing a vehicle with vehicle's hood lifted, young girl squatting down and feeding piglets food from her hands

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: