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New Mexico Department of Agriculture releases updated noxious weed list


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Contact: Kristie Garcia
Public Affairs Director, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-339-5011

July 10, 2020

New Mexico Department of Agriculture releases updated noxious weed list

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LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) released an updated state noxious weed list, replacing the 2016 list.

Petitions to add new plant species to the state noxious weed list were solicited and received by NMDA from Cooperative Weed Management Areas, individuals, agencies and organizations. The New Mexico Weed List Advisory Committee reviewed the petitions using ecological, distribution, impact and legal status criteria within the state of New Mexico and adjoining states.

Noxious Weed-Hoary cress
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture released an updated state noxious weed list in June 2020. Hoary cress (Cardaria spp.) is a Class A species, which are currently not present in New Mexico or have limited distribution. Preventing new infestations of these species and eradicating existing infestations is the highest priority. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said he is appreciative of those that contributed to this effort.

“Thank you to the Cooperative Weed Management Areas, individuals, agencies and organizations who participated in the process of updating this list,” said Witte. “This effort helps us stay vigilant against potential threats to New Mexico’s environment or economy.”

As required by the Noxious Weed Management Act of 1998, the plant species on the New Mexico Noxious Weed List are designated as noxious weeds to be targeted for control or eradication.

Noxious Weed- Yellow starthistle
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture released an updated state noxious weed list in June 2020. Yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) is a Class A species, which are currently not present in New Mexico or have limited distribution. Preventing new infestations of these species and eradicating existing infestations is the highest priority. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

The list includes:

  • Class A species, which are currently not present in New Mexico or have limited distribution. Preventing new infestations of these species and eradicating existing infestations is the highest priority.
  • Class B species, which are limited to portions of the state. In areas with severe infestations, management should be designed to contain the infestation and stop any further spread.
  • Class C species, which are widespread in the state. Management decisions for these species should be determined at the local level, based on feasibility of control and level of infestation.
  • Watch List species, which are species of concern in the state. These species have the potential to become problematic. More data is needed to determine if these species should be listed. When these species are encountered, individuals should document their location and contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District or County Extension Office.

The list may be viewed in its entirety at https://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Weed-List-memo-and-weed-list-2020.pdf.

The list does not include every plant species with the potential to negatively impact the state’s environment or economy. Landowners and land managers are encouraged to recognize plant species listed on the federal noxious weed list and other western states’ noxious weed lists as potentially having negative impacts and to manage them accordingly.

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Virtual public hearing regarding commercial feed rule amendment scheduled for July 29


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Contact: Kristie Garcia
Public Affairs Director, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-339-5011
 
June 25, 2020
 

Virtual public hearing regarding commercial feed
rule amendment scheduled for July 29

 
Amendment addresses new “Spay and Neuter Program Fee” section of rule
 
 
LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has scheduled a virtual hearing Wednesday, 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.”
 
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.
 
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has scheduled 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.” 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)
The public video/telephonic hearing is Wednesday, July 29 at 9 a.m.
 
To join the hearing via video, go to the meeting URL: https://nmsu.zoom.us/j/97456254575  and enter the meeting ID: 974 5625 4575.
 
To join the hearing via phone, dial 1-346-248-7799 or 1-669-900-6833 and enter the meeting ID: 974 5625 4575.
 
Copies of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and proposed rule amendments are available on the NMDA website.
 
Oral comments will be accepted at the video/telephonic hearing from members of the public and any interested parties. Written comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. Comments may be submitted via email to comments@nmda.nmsu.edu or may be filed by sending original copies to:
 
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Office of Director
MSC 3189, PO Box 30005
3190 S. Espina
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005
 
Only signed statements, proposals or comments will be accepted. Scanned or electronic signatures conforming to federal and state court requirements will be accepted with the understanding that if there is any dispute regarding a signature, NMDA reserves the right to require that original signatures be provided to verify the electronic or facsimile signature. The NMDA Director will consider all oral comments and will review all timely submitted written comments and responses.
 
Individuals with a disability who need a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to participate in the hearing should contact NMDA at 575-646-3702 at least one week prior to the hearing or as soon as possible.
 
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.
 
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New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture appointed to U.S. EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee


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NMDA Contact: Baylee Banks
Communications Assistant, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu
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June 19, 2020

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture appointed to U.S. EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee

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LAS CRUCES – New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte was appointed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler as one of 33 new members to serve on the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) Wednesday.

The FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information and recommendations to the EPA regarding environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.

The 33 new members represent a variety of agricultural sectors across 24 U.S. states and one territory, allowing for a broad representation of perspectives for the FRCC. The committee members were chosen among 150 nominations for meeting several qualifications including active engagement in agricultural production and demonstrated ability to examine and analyze complex environmental issues with objectivity and integrity.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte was appointed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler as one of 33 new members to serve on the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) Wednesday. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

“It’s important for New Mexico and our entire region to have a voice at the federal level when policy decisions are being made,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “I look forward to serving on this committee and providing perspective as both a regulatory partner with EPA and from an agriculture producer’s perspective as well.”

The new FRRCC members will serve two- or three-year terms beginning June 15, 2020.

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2020 Census deadline extended to Oct. 31 due to COVID-19


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NMDA Contact: Baylee Banks
Communications Assistant, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
bbanks@nmda.nmsu.edu
575-339-5011 (Kristie Garcia, Public Affairs Director)

June 12, 2020

2020 Census deadline extended to Oct. 31 due to COVID-19

New Mexico Agriculture Secretary reminds agriculture industry to complete Census

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LAS CRUCES – The final deadline to complete the 2020 Census has been extended to Oct. 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture reminds farmers, ranchers and everyone within the agriculture community to respond to the census either online, over the phone, by mail or in person, as door-to-door operations that were temporarily suspended in March have now resumed across the state.

The decennial census is a simple 10-question form that, upon completion, determines how more than $800 billion in federal funds will be distributed in communities across the nation, including over $7 billion per year in New Mexico. The funding supports roads, schools, healthcare, public safety and essential service programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and National School Lunch Program. Research suggests that every New Mexico citizen unaccounted for results in a loss of approximately $3,745 every year.

“We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many in the agriculture industry to focus their efforts elsewhere during these trying times,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said. “However, completing the 2020 Census takes just 10 minutes of your time and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Remember that those 10 minutes will have an impact on the next 10 years. I encourage every farmer, every rancher, and everyone in the agriculture industry to stand proud, be counted, and complete a census form.”

For more information about the 2020 Census in New Mexico, visit https://www.icountnm.gov/home/. To respond to the census, visit https://2020census.gov/.

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El Departamento de Agricultura de Nuevo México advierte a los residentes que no planten semillas extranjeras no solicitadas


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28 de julio de 2020

El Departamento de Agricultura de Nuevo México advierte a los residentes que no planten semillas extranjeras no solicitadas

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LAS CRUCES – El Departamento de Agricultura de Nuevo México (NMDA) ha recibido informes de residentes de Nuevo México que han recibido por correo semillas extranjeras no solicitadas que no están claramente marcadas como semillas. Estos envíos pueden estar ocultos como artículos de joyería.

Si usted es el destinatario de uno de estos paquetes de semillas, el Departamento de Agricultura de Nuevo México le pide que no las siembre. Si se ha plantado la semilla, recójala antes de la germinación o destruya las plantas emergentes.

NMDA está colaborando estrechamente con el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos, la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección de Fronteras del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, otras agencias federales y otros departamentos estatales de agricultura para investigar la situación.

“Semillas no solicitadas”
El Departamento de Agricultura de Nuevo México ha recibido informes de residentes de Nuevo México que han recibido por correo semillas extranjeras no solicitadas que no están claramente etiquetadas como semillas. Los envíos de semillas pueden estar ocultos como artículos de joyería. Este tipo de envío internacional de semillas es ilegal según las regulaciones estatales y federales. Las semillas son desconocidas y podrían ser una vía para la introducción de nuevas especies de plantas invasoras y nuevas enfermedades de las plantas en el estado.

Este tipo de envío internacional de semillas es ilegal según las regulaciones estatales y federales. Las semillas son desconocidas y podrían ser una vía para la introducción de nuevas especies de plantas invasoras y nuevas enfermedades de las plantas en el estado.
NMDA le pide a cualquiera que haya recibido uno de estos envíos extranjeros no solicitados que guarde todas las etiquetas de envío, los embalajes y las semillas, y que se comunique con el Departamento de Agricultura de Nuevo México por correo electrónico a nmagsec@nmda.nmsu.edu (se recomiendan fotografías), o por teléfono al 575 -646-3007. No plante semillas de orígenes desconocidos.

Los residentes de Nuevo México no violan ninguna regulación si han recibido estos envíos, pero son la clave para identificar y detener futuros envíos.

Envíe semillas y materiales de envío asociados a NMDA por correo a la siguiente dirección:

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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