New Mexico’s 75 farmers markets good for economy, community
USDA picks Santa Fe to kick off National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 2-8
If you need proof that farmers markets are good for the economy and community, just spend some time during National Farmers Market Week watching the exchanges of locally grown food, dollars, and conversation that take place at any of New Mexico’s 75 farmers markets.
According to the New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association, the combined sales at all of New Mexico’s 75 farmers markets amounts to close to $9 million a year. Farmers markets have also seen an increase in the diversity of their customers.
NMDA hosts four pesticide collection events
to help public safely dispose of pesticides at no cost
New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is hosting four free events in August across New Mexico to safely collect pesticides from pesticide applicators/dealers, farmers, and ranchers. NMDA is partnering with Advanced Environmental Solutions to ensure safe disposal.
The events are as follows:
- Monday, August 3 in Portales
- Thursday, August 6 in Artesia
- Monday, August 10 in Anthony
- Thursday, August 13 in Albuquerque
“Our goal is to collect any old, unwanted, outdated, cancelled, or inactive pesticide products – including products that are hard to identify – to ensure that they aren’t disposed of in an unsafe way,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.
Longtime staffer to lead NMDA’s efforts
in ensuring quality of local dairy products
New Mexico consistently ranks among the top 10 states in the country in milk production and among the top five in cheese production. Ever wondered about the regulatory framework for ensuring that all of that milk, cheese, and other dairy products are safe to eat and drink?
New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s (NMDA) Dairy Division conducts sanitary inspections of milking barns and milk-processing facilities, and it samples milk and dairy products – all to ensure the quality of those products. The Dairy Division’s work covers conventional and certified organic dairies, and it covers dairies where goat’s milk is produced, not just dairies where cow’s milk is produced. Now that division is undergoing a change in leadership.
Over the last 14 years, the New Mexico Agricultural Leadership (NMAL) program has served New Mexico by identifying and providing leadership development opportunities to more than 90 men and women in the food, agriculture, and natural resource sectors so they could become stronger and more effective in their work and in their communities.
NMDA is one of many proud sponsors of the program. New Mexico Secretary Jeff Witte was instrumental in the creation of the program more than a decade ago.
NMAL is now recruiting participants for its eleventh cohort, with class scheduled to begin this November. Download the application packet and submit it by August 20. More information is available at 575-646-6691 and email@example.com.Print This Page