Area farmers, ranchers, others invited to safely dispose of pesticides

NMDA hosts pesticide collection event in Vado, June 18, 2014

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is hosting a free event to safely collect pesticides that farmers, ranchers, and pesticide applicators/dealers in southern New Mexico and far west Texas want to discard.  NMDA is partnering with Advanced Environmental Solutions to ensure safe disposal.

“Our goal is to collect any old, unwanted, outdated, cancelled, or inactive pesticide products – including products that are hard to identify – to ensure that they aren’t disposed of in an unsafe way,” said Cary Hamilton of NMDA’s Pesticide Compliance Section

The event is free and open to all pesticide applicators and dealers, as well as farmers and ranchers.  It takes place Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It will be held across the street from the business offices of Crop Production Services (CPS), located at 8601 Highway 478 in Vado, N.M.

Those wishing to drop off unused pesticides are asked to secure any leaking containers or broken bags in a containment bag or liner.  They also are asked to preregister with NMDA so the agency can get a sense of how much pesticide will need to be transported at the end of the day. 

For questions and to obtain a preregistration form, please contact Cary Hamilton at 575-646-7049.  Forms must be returned to NMDA no later than Monday, June 16.  NMDA will not keep any identifying information. 

NMDA has scheduled two other collection events: one in Los Lunas this August, and another in Farmington next March.

NMDA’s Pesticide Compliance Section works to promote the safe use of agricultural, horticultural, and structural pesticides and ensure compliance with pesticide law.  The section certifies and licenses the people who apply pesticides for hire, ensure that pesticides distributed in New Mexico are properly registered, and investigates tips and complaints about pesticides that might have been applied improperly.