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NMSU Regents approve NMDA’s proposed amendment to Commercial Feeds rule


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
Contact: Kristie Garcia
Public Affairs Director, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-339-5011
 
Sept. 18, 2020
 

NMSU Regents approve NMDA’s proposed amendment to Commercial Feeds rule

Amendment addresses new “Spay and Neuter Program Fee” section of rule
 
 
LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s (NMDA) proposed Commercial Feeds rule amendment at its regular meeting Sept. 18.
 
During the 2020 legislative session, Senate Bill 57 “Pet Food Fee for Neutering & Sheltering” was signed into law. This amended the New Mexico Commercial Feed Act (Section 76-19A NMSA 1978) to add a new section titled “Spay and Neuter Program Fee.” The legislation mandates that NMDA shall impose an additional fee on pet food registration for dogs and cats to fund the dog and cat spay and neuter assistance program and the animal sheltering act.
“Pet Food”
The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s proposed Commercial Feeds rule amendment at its regular meeting Sept. 18. This amendment to the 21.18.3 NMAC, Commercial Feeds rule adds new definitions and a new section titled “Spay and Neuter Program Fee.” During the 2020 legislative session, Senate Bill 57 “ Pet Food Fee for Neutering & Sheltering” was signed into law. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)
NMDA held a virtual hearing July 29 to receive public input on an amendment to the 21.18.3 NMAC, Commercial Feeds rule. This amendment adds new definitions and a new section titled “Spay and Neuter Program Fee.”
 
Legal authority authorizing the rule amendment is granted to the board of regents of New Mexico State University under the New Mexico Commercial Feed Act, Chapter 76, Article 19A Sections 1 – 17, NMSA 1978 Compilation.
 
The full text of the rule amendment is available at www.nmda.nmsu.edu/nmda-homepage/laws-regulations/.
 
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NMDA and New Mexico State Fair announce virtual Battle of the Salsas


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EXPO Contact: Oona Gonzales
Oona.Gonzales@state.nm.us
505-435-1711

NMDA Contact: Jenny Green
Communications Specialist, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
jgreen@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-202-4249                                         

Aug. 28, 2020

NMDA and New Mexico State Fair announce virtual Battle of the Salsas

Virtual event to take place over four weeks on Facebook

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LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and New Mexico State Fair are partnering to host a virtual Battle of the Salsas, one of the most popular events at the New Mexico State Fair.

The Battle of the Salsas is a competition for New Mexico-made and commercially-produced shelf-stable salsas available for sale in the New Mexico Country Store. The Country Store was created 25 years ago as a place to discover New Mexico foods, such as salsas and other chile products including chips, spice mixes, baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, ciders, nuts and much more.

In 2020, “Home Is Where the Fair Is.” New Mexico State Fair announced Aug. 10 that this year will feature the first-ever virtual fair as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Competition is a key part of the fair, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the annual Battle of the Salsas,” stated State Fair General Manager, Dan Mourning. “When we began planning the virtual fair, we knew this bracket-style tournament would be right up our alley, and we had to include NMDA to decide the best salsa in the land.”

Battle of Salsas
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State Fair are partnering to host a virtual Battle of the Salsas, one of the most popular events at the New Mexico State Fair. The Battle of the Salsas is a competition for New Mexico-made and commercially-produced shelf-stable salsas available for sale in the New Mexico Country Store. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

The virtual event will take place over approximately four weeks on the NMDA and New Mexico State Fair Facebook pages. Aug. 30 kicks off the virtual competition with a single-elimination bracket-style tournament, featuring the top 24 New Mexico salsa brands from the 2019 Battle of the Salsas. These top 24 New Mexico salsas will be randomly generated and seeded within the bracket. During each round, people are encouraged to cast their votes for their favorite salsa.

“NMDA is thrilled to be joining forces with the New Mexico State Fair to bring the excitement of the annual Battle of the Salsas event to New Mexicans in the safest way possible during the COVID-19 pandemic,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said. “The event showcases many of the brands that are members of our NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® logo program and that are available throughout the state. New Mexico is famous for our tasty salsa, and we all win with these great products. But every year, we look forward to announcing the people’s choice award.”

As salsas advance through the bracket to the “final four” round, a panel of judges will conduct a blind tasting of the remaining salsas Sept. 23. First, second and third place winners will be announced on social media Sept. 25.

The New Mexico Virtual State Fair will run on the fair’s website at www.exponm.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts Sept. 14 to 20.

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New Mexico Department of Agriculture identifies unsolicited foreign seeds


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NMDA Contact: nmagsec@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-646-3007

Aug. 26, 2020

New Mexico Department of Agriculture identifies unsolicited foreign seeds

224 seed packets identified, four noxious to New Mexico

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LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) received reports beginning July 24 of New Mexico residents who have been mailed unsolicited foreign seeds not clearly labeled as seeds.

NMDA Laboratory Division’s State Seed Lab has identified 224 seed packets. Four of the packets contained seeds that are noxious weeds to New Mexico.

If you are the recipient of one of these seed packets, do not plant them. If the seed has been planted, collect the seed prior to germination or destroy any emerging plants. 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies continue to work closely with NMDA and other state departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

NMDA will no longer identify or catalog the unsolicited foreign seed packets, but will hold them for USDA to take possession of. USDA is set to perform more extensive investigation.

Individuals who have received unsolicited foreign shipments are asked to save all shipping labels, packaging and seeds. Unsolicited seeds packets should still be reported to NMDA through the form on the homepage at www.nmda.nmsu.edu.

Unsolicited Seeds
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has received reports of New Mexico residents who have been mailed unsolicited foreign seeds not clearly labeled as seeds. The seed shipments may be obscured as jewelry items. This type of international shipment of seeds is unlawful under state and federal regulations. The seeds are unknown and could be a pathway for introductions of new invasive plant species and new plant diseases to the state. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture.)

NMDA reminds the public that this type of international shipment of seeds is unlawful under state and federal regulations. The seeds are unknown and could be a pathway for introductions of new invasive plant species and new plant diseases to the state. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins. New Mexico residents are not in violation of any regulations if they have received these shipments.

Seeds and associated shipping materials can be mailed to NMDA at the following address:

New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Laboratory Division
Attn: Tim Darden
MSC 3-LD/P.O. Box 30005
3190 S. Espina Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005

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NMDA calls for participation in New Mexico green chile contest


Deadline extended to Friday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. MT.

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NMDA Contact: Jenny Green
Communications Specialist, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
jgreen@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-202-4249

Aug. 24, 2020

NMDA calls for participation in New Mexico green chile contest

New Mexico residents, green chile enthusiasts across the nation encouraged to enter

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LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and its NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® program took to social media Aug. 11 to announce a contest to promote the state’s 2020 chile pepper harvest.

The Elevate NM Green Chile contest is open to New Mexico residents as well as New Mexico green chile enthusiasts across the nation. The purpose of the contest is to promote creativity in cooking with the flavorful and heat-packed New Mexico green chile pepper.

Entry categories are geared toward at-home cooks and professional chefs. NMDA is calling for recipes inspired by traditional New Mexican dishes and state fair and food truck cuisine and desserts.

The contest is part of NMDA’s Elevate NM Green Chile social media campaign, which illustrates little-known facts about the famous agricultural commodity, in addition to traditions that have surrounded the chile pepper harvest season for more than 100 years.

Green chile in bins
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture and its NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® program announced a contest to promote the state’s 2020 chile pepper harvest. The Elevate NM Green Chile contest is open to New Mexico residents as well as New Mexico green chile enthusiasts across the nation. The purpose of the contest is to promote creativity in cooking with the flavorful and heat-packed New Mexico green chile pepper. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture.)

NMDA seeks to educate the public about the versatility, attributes and agricultural history of the chile pepper, as well as techniques for roasting and freezing, to encourage sales of the product in-state and out-of-state.

Individuals interested in participating in the contest should submit entries by Sept. 4 at 5:00 p.m. MT. A panel of judges is set to announce the winners Sept. 9.

For details and to fill out the entry form, visit https://bit.ly/ICookNMchile.

For more information about New Mexico chile peppers, including history, statistics and nutrition, visit https://cpi.nmsu.edu.

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New Mexico Department of Agriculture warns residents not to plant unsolicited foreign seeds


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NMDA Contact: nmagsec@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-646-3007

July 28, 2020

New Mexico Department of Agriculture warns residents not to plant unsolicited foreign seeds

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LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has received reports of New Mexico residents who have been mailed unsolicited foreign seeds not clearly labeled as seeds. The seed shipments may be obscured as jewelry items.

If you are the recipient of one of these seed packets, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is asking you not to plant them. If the seed has been planted, collect the seed prior to germination or destroy any emerging plants. 

NMDA is working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and other State departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

“Unsolicited Seeds”
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has received reports of New Mexico residents who have been mailed unsolicited foreign seeds not clearly labeled as seeds. The seed shipments may be obscured as jewelry items. This type of international shipment of seeds is unlawful under state and federal regulations. The seeds are unknown and could be a pathway for introductions of new invasive plant species and new plant diseases to the state.

This type of international shipment of seeds is unlawful under state and federal regulations. The seeds are unknown and could be a pathway for introductions of new invasive plant species and new plant diseases to the state.

NMDA asks anyone who has received one of these unsolicited foreign shipments to save all shipping labels, packaging and seeds, and contact the New Mexico Department of Agriculture by email at nmagsec@nmda.nmsu.edu (photographs encouraged), or by phone at 575-646-3007.  Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

New Mexico residents are not in violation of any regulations if they have received these shipments, but they are the key to identifying and stopping future shipments.

Send seeds and associated shipping materials to NMDA by mail at the following address:

New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Laboratory Division
Attn: Tim Darden
MSC 3 LD / P.O. Box 30005
3190 S. Espina Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005

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