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Future (and current) agricultural producers and professionals: Please join us for The AgriFuture Educational Institute, May 16-18 in Las Cruces!

AgriFuture is a series of talks and tours that aim to inform, inspire, and connect the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and other food producers.  The 2016 AgriFuture Educational Institute builds on the success of the inaugural event held in Albuquerque in 2014.

Learn more, check out the agenda, and then register for #AgriFuture2016 before April 29!  Stay tuned for event updates.

 

Grant funding available to expand New Mexico agriculture

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is inviting New Mexicans involved in agricultural production to apply for funding through one of two grant programs.  Both programs aim to develop new markets and/or expand existing ones for agricultural products grown in New Mexico, but the programs differ in their respective details.

Read more…

 

State program that certifies organic farms, ranches, other food/ag businesses turns Print25

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the state program that inspects and certifies farms, ranches, and other New Mexico businesses that want to label their food and agricultural products as organic.

In 1991, the New Mexico Legislature created the Organic Commodity Commission.  It became known as the Organic Program in 2011 when the legislature relocated the program to NMDA.  The Organic Program offers nationally accredited organic certification for farmers, ranchers, and food processors throughout New Mexico, as well as application and marketing assistance.

Learn more about NMDA’s Organic Program.

 

Deadline for Livestock Owners Affected by Snowstorm Goliath
to Apply to USDA for Potential Loss Coverage

Posted December 30, 2015 / Updated February 5, 2016

Dairy farmers, ranchers, and other livestock owners whose animals have been impacted by recent snowstorms in New Mexico are encouraged to contact their county office of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) as soon as possible to make their losses known.  FSA may be able to help such producers cover some of their financial losses.

Additional details from FSA’s New Mexico Office:

If the livestock died in 2015, that is a 2015 loss.  The deadline to file an application for payment for this year was initially February 1, 2016, but the Washington, DC, office of FSA has since extended it to March 31, 2016, according to the New Mexico office of FSA.

If the livestock died in 2016, this is a 2016 loss, giving the producer until January 30, 2017 to file an application for payment.

An affected producer must still call the county office within 30 days of the date he/she realized his/her livestock died.

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