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New Mexico Department of Agriculture to host virtual export training seminars


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

March 25, 2021

New Mexico Department of Agriculture to host virtual export training seminars

First seminar is Thursday, April 8

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LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will host a series of virtual export training seminars for the benefit of agricultural producers throughout the state. The first of these seminars is Thursday, April 8 at 10 a.m. MT and will feature presentations from the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, Imalinx and Ottawa’s agriculture attaché. These representatives will help producers set their sights on exporting products to Canada, as well as Latin American countries.

The seminars are designed to educate New Mexico agriculture and food companies about the opportunities in foreign markets and will consist of presentations covering a wide range of topics, including:

  • Market assessments.
  • Technical and logistical information.
  • Insight and export strategies.
  • Available resources.

Presenters for the April 8 seminar will include in-country trade consultants, United State Department of Agriculture–Foreign Agricultural Service representatives, and logistic and banking representatives.

The Western United States Agriculture Trade Association is one of the feature presenters of the export training seminar. Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the export training seminar will focus on agriculture producers in New Mexico and options available to them when exporting commodities.

“New Mexico produces agricultural products that are popular not only here, but across the world,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “The export training events serve to showcase opportunities that help our small and medium companies succeed in the export market. These seminars will cover many tools and trade assistance programs that are available to New Mexico food and agriculture companies.”

Register for the April 8 seminar at: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rduiopzIpE92OAscG4Ox_R8FvOA5U7Kpl

Registration and participation for this event is free of charge, and there is no deadline to register. Upon successful registration, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the seminar.

Imalinx, an organization focused on the Latin American markets, is one of the feature presenters of the export training seminar. Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the export training seminar will focus on agriculture producers in New Mexico and options available to them when exporting commodities.

Details for future export trainings will be announced when available. For more information or inquiries, please contact NMDA Marketing Specialist Juan Sanchez at jsanchez@nmda.nmsu.edu.

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New Mexico Department of Agriculture to host Healthy Soil Program virtual listening sessions


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

March 9, 2021

New Mexico Department of Agriculture to host Healthy Soil Program virtual listening sessions

Eligible Entities, farmers and ranchers invited to participate

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LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Soil Program is hosting four virtual listening sessions in an effort to gather input, encourage soil health project ideas and discuss grant application steps.

Eligible Entity leaders and representatives – as well as farmers and ranchers who are members of the Eligible Entities’ communities – are invited to participate. As defined in the 2019 Healthy Soil Act, Eligible Entities include tribes, nations and pueblos; land grants and acequias; Soil and Water Conservation Districts; and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.

The strip-till conservation system aligns with the Healthy Soil Act’s basic soil health principles. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is hosting four virtual listening sessions for its Healthy Soil Program in an effort to gather input, encourage soil health project ideas and discuss grant application steps. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

The listening sessions are designed to hear from Eligible Entity communities and the farmers and ranchers within them:

  • Tuesday, March 23: Nations, tribes and pueblos.
  • Thursday, March 25: Land grants and acequias.
  • Tuesday, March 30: Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
  • Thursday, April 1: NMSU Cooperative Extension Service.

To view times and to register for a listening session, please go to: https://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/nmda-homepage/divisions/apr/healthy-soil-program/.

“We are focusing on specific Eligible Entity communities during each session, so those individuals may be heard,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “We aim to improve upon the entire Healthy Soil Program process every year. The listening sessions will allow us to gather input regarding the program, to encourage soil health project ideas and to discuss the next steps, including applying for grant funding using our new web-based process.”

NMDA will host a final session for all Eligible Entity types in mid-May. During that session, NMDA staff will introduce the new web-based application that Eligible Entities and farmers/ranchers will use to apply for a Healthy Soil Program grant.

By only disturbing the portion of the soil that is to contain the seed row, the strip-till conservation system aligns with the Healthy Soil Act’s basic soil health principles. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is hosting four virtual listening sessions for its Healthy Soil Program in an effort to gather input, encourage soil health project ideas and discuss grant application steps. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Department of Agriculture)

Grant funding may be used for agricultural projects in New Mexico that focus on one or more of 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.

Created in 2019, the purpose of the Healthy Soil Program is to promote and support farming and ranching systems and other forms of land management that increase soil organic matter, aggregate stability, microbiology and water retention to improve the state’s soil health, yield and profitability.

For more information, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu, email hsp@nmda.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2642.

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