Message to Our Stakeholders

March 18, 2020

Dear NMDA Stakeholders:

We are taking several measures here at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) to ensure there is no impediment to commerce during the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation.

While the Las Cruces NMDA main building doors will be locked beginning March 19, per New Mexico State University policy, our staff will be available as needed for necessary business operations 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

Veterinary Diagnostic Services in Albuquerque will continue to operate Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our team assures you that the NMDA Veterinary Diagnostic Services Lab will maintain normal diagnostic operations for the foreseeable future. We limited visitor traffic in the building, however, this will not affect your ability to drop off diagnostic samples. Obviously, this is a dynamic situation and things could change, but for now we will continue to provide the best possible diagnostic services to our clients. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call 505-383-9299 or email

NMDA’s Albuquerque District Office and the Peanut Grading Station in Portales are closed to the public, however, necessary services at those facilities will continue. The public should call or email during this time:

​We want to assure the public that there is a steady and safe supply of food in New Mexico. Many efforts are being made by markets, delivery drivers and distribution centers to ensure that steady and safe supply of food. There is not a large-scale shortage of food, and consumers should remain confident that those who work in our farm-to-fork industries are meeting the challenges posed by recent events.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus Disease website at or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

The state has established a coronavirus hotline for health-related issues: 855-600-3453.

There is also a hotline for non-health-related issues: 833-551-0518.

We are all in this together, and we will do everything we can to avoid impeding commerce.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jeff M. Witte

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture