Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sustainable Agriculture Field Day to be held at NMSU

Sustainable Agriculture Field Day to be held at NMSU DATE: 06/19/2018 WRITER: Ximena Tapia, 575-646-6233, xtapia@nmsu.edu CONTACT: Autumn Martinez, 575-646-2281, purple@nmsu.edu New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host its first-ever Sustainable Agriculture Field Day Thursday, June 28. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the NMSU Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center. The field day will highlight many of the ongoing research projects at the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center that support sustainable agriculture in New Mexico. Information will be provided that will interest large and small commercial growers, home gardeners, and members of the public who appreciate and support the state’s agricultural base. A diverse group of ongoing research projects will be presented, including weed control in chile using mustard seed meal, biochar and pinto beans, irrigation efficient pecans, heat tolerant tomatoes, guar and jujube fruit trees. The event is being sponsored by the western region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. WSARE is a United States Department of Agriculture program that provides funding for research and education projects supporting agriculture that is profitable, environmentally friendly and beneficial for communities. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information or directions, contact the Leyendecker Center at 575-646-2281.

NMSU Rodeo record two top 10 finishes

NMSU rodeo records two top 10 finishes at College National Finals Rodeo DATE: 06/19/2018 WRITER: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu CONTACT: Logan Corbett, 575-646-3659, lcorbett@nmsu.edu The New Mexico State University rodeo team concluded the College National Finals Rodeo with a pair of eighth-place finishes at the event in Casper, Wyoming, June 10-16. Freshman Blaise Milligan (bull riding) and senior Anna Barker (barrel racing) led the Aggies with eighth-place individual finishes. “I am extremely proud of our team at this year’s CNFR,” said head coach Logan Corbett. “As a coach, anything less than first place can be disappointing, but as a whole, I’m happy with our results. Our finish doesn’t really sum up our performance, we had multiple students just seconds away from winning national titles, we just weren’t able to finish the week. I know we’ll be back, and stronger than ever.” In the team standings, NMSU’s women’s team finished 19th, and the men’s team was 30th. NMSU had 10 student-athletes compete at CNFR. In steer wrestling, freshman Colton Clemens finished 12th and senior Wyatt Jurney was 17th. Junior Tyler Muth qualified for the event but was unable to participate following an accident before nationals. Clemens also placed 18th in bareback riding, and freshman Cauy Pool was 21st. NMSU had top 20 finishes from sophomore Derek Runyan, 17th in tie down roping, senior Savannah Montero, 18th in goat tying, and freshman Levi Whitley, 19th in bull riding. Additionally, seniors Jace Cooley and Carly Billington finished 26th in saddle bronc riding and 30th in barrel racing, respectively.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Don’t miss out on the first-ever NMDA Chef Ambassador Program

Don’t miss out on the first-ever NMDA Chef Ambassador Program Application deadline is Saturday, June 30 Las Cruces, New Mexico – Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s first-ever NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® (NM-TTT) Chef Ambassador Program. The competition is sizzling up! Applications are due Saturday, June 30 for New Mexico chefs interested in being a part of this exciting program. This is your chance to provide a taste of New Mexico agriculture simply by incorporating foods grown throughout the state into your own recipes. If selected, chefs will have the chance to showcase their cooking skills and gain industry exposure while providing a voice for New Mexico agriculture. Ambassadors selected through a competitive application process will serve a two-year term advocating for and promoting New Mexico agriculture at various events, such as the New Mexico State Fair, HomeGrown and industry conferences. Those interested in becoming an NM-TTT Chef Ambassador must demonstrate credentials as a chef, sous chef or pastry chef in the state of New Mexico. Please visit newmexicotradition.com or call Felicia Frost at 575-646-4929 for more information. Applications and necessary attachments must be emailed to tastethetradition@nmda.nmsu.edu by Saturday, June 30. For more information about NMDA, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter @NMDeptAg. – NMDA –

New Mexico agriculture leaders discuss solution to aging farm, ranch operators

New Mexico agriculture leaders discuss solution to aging farm, ranch operators DATE: 06/15/2018 WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu CONTACT: Rolando A. Flores, 575-646-3748, agdean@nmsu.edu CONTACT: Jeff Witte, 575-646-3007, jwitte@nmsu.edu BELEN – An aging agriculture producer population was the main concern aired at the second in a series of listening sessions by the state’s top agricultural leaders. New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte led a lively conversation regarding what is being done to recruit future agricultural producers. “The average age of New Mexico agricultural producers is 60 and a half years old, which is older than the national average of 58,” Flores said. “It is critical that we recruit younger people into the profession. We are focused on recruiting students into our college. Especially, we need to increase the Hispanic and Native American students.” Besides learning about the recruiting efforts of the College of ACES, the audience was informed about the Grow the Growers program in Bernalillo County that is training people how to raise fruits and vegetables. Flores was asked what the College of ACES is doing, in addition to the traditional 4-H programs, to introduce agriculture to youth ages 10 to 13. He asked the Cooperative Extension Service agents present to talk about the statewide New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp; Valencia County Extension’s Food Camp for Kids, Dairy Camp and Beef Heifer Development Project; and Bernalillo County Extension’s 4-H program on Kirtland Air Force Base and the two Albuquerque Public Schools designated as 4-H schools, since all students participate in the program. “These programs are some examples of what we are doing,” Flores said. “They are localized in certain areas, at this time, but we are moving toward having these types of programs all over the state.” The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is introducing people ages 18 to 40 to agriculture through its AgriFuture Educational Institute program held every other year. “We have a tremendous amount of people in their 40s and 50s who are coming back to production agriculture,” Witte said. “About one-third of our participants at the AgriFuture Educational Institute are over 40 and want to enter agriculture.” Preparing future agriculture professionals is the purpose of NMSU’s College of ACES. “Our biggest challenge is how to prepare our future graduates for jobs that do not exist now,” Flores said of the rapidly changing technology associated with agriculture. “One way we are addressing this is by improving our facilities on campus.” Flores outlined projects included in the general obligation bond election in November, including a Biomedical Research Center, a Food Science Security and Safety Learning Facility and an Animal Nutrition and Feed Manufacturing Facility. “The 2018 GO bond projects to be voted on by New Mexicans in November of this year are vital for the future of New Mexico’s agriculture and food industries,” Flores said. “The goal is to have a big push for agriculture in two major areas: food safety and security and generation of value-added from agricultural products by developing the foods of the future. These two components, properly supported, can convert Southern New Mexico into a hub for the nation’s food safety and security and can bolster economic and community development in New Mexico.” This is the second year the two leaders have hosted listening sessions across New Mexico to hear from farmers and ranchers. This year’s series will conclude July 18 in Alamogordo at the Otero County Cooperative Extension Service office, 401 Fairgrounds Road. The event will begin at 6 p.m. - 30 -

Joint Statement of Action to Promote Elder Justice in Rural America by The United States Department of Justice And United States Department of Agriculture

Joint Statement of Action to Promote Elder Justice in Rural America by The United States Department of Justice And United States Department of Agriculture (Washington, D.C., June 15, 2018) — The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are forming a working group to focus on ways to empower and to support rural and tribal communities to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation. Today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we collaboratively embark on a mission to work with older Americans in this Nation to improve their quality of life as envisioned by the Report to the President from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. The Nation’s seniors are treasured and revered members of our communities. Too often, however, seniors are targeted by unscrupulous criminals for fraud or are subjected to abuse. Factors more common in rural and tribal communities--including large geographic areas that elongate response time, fewer services and service providers, and limited access to broadband-- create additional challenges to identifying and combatting elder fraud and abuse in rural and tribal communities. DOJ and USDA resolve to marshal our collective resources and expertise to enable rural and tribal communities to more effectively combat elder abuse and financial exploitation. We are forming a working group to develop recommendations and will jointly present strategic action steps in November 2018 at the Department of Justice’s Rural Elder Justice Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. ###

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

NMDA schedules public hearings regarding new rules, amendments and repeals Public hearings to be held in Artesia June 18 and Las Cruces June 19

NMDA schedules public hearings regarding new rules, amendments and repeals Public hearings to be held in Artesia June 18 and Las Cruces June 19 (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has scheduled rule-making hearings in order to receive public input on new rules, amendments and repeals of departmental rules. The first hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 18 in Artesia at the Artesia Public Schools Administrative Office, located at 301 Bulldog Blvd. The hearing will focus on the new rule regarding pecan buyers licensure: 21.19.2 New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) – Pecan Buyers Licensure. A hearing will also be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, located at 3190 S. Espina. The hearing will focus on the new rule regarding pecan buyers licensure: 21.19.2 NMAC Pecan Buyers Licensure, as well as the following: Repeals: 19.15.110 NMAC Biodiesel fuel specification, dispensers, and dispenser labeling requirements; 19.15.111 NMAC E85 Fuel specification, dispensers, and dispenser labeling requirements; 19.15.112 NMAC Retail natural gas (CNG/LNG) regulations Repeal and Replace: 21.1.1 NMAC NMDA Rule Making Procedures Amend: 19.15.108 NMAC Bonding and Registration of Service Technicians and Service Establishments for Commercial Weighing or Measuring Devices. To view complete details, please visit http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/notice-of-rulemaking-hearings/. For more information about NMDA, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter @NMDeptAg.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Game Commission to meet June 21 in Raton

Game Commission to meet June 21 in Raton NMDGF Press Release The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday, June 21, in Raton to discuss potential hunting rule changes for turkey and migratory bird. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Raton Convention Center located at 901 South Third Street, in Raton. Other agenda items include: • An update on the construction of the Albuquerque and Roswell Office Complexes. • An update on habitat projects throughout New Mexico in the past four years. • Initial discussions for potential rule changes for deer, elk, private land elk license application, licenses/permits specific to vendor opportunities, hunting and fishing applications, and potential amendments for the manner and method rule. Agenda