Thursday, May 11, 2017

NMDA works to change the organic certification fee structure.

NMDA works to change the organic certification fee structure. For Immediate Release: May 11, 2017 Contact: Shelby Herrera 575-646-3007 office (LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – In January, New Mexico’s organic industry traveled to the legislature in Santa Fe to meet with state representatives about a change to an existing fee structure for Organic Certification. A new equitable and sustainable fee structure, which standardizes the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s organic department’s program, with other accrediting programs across the nation, is being written. This came after members of the New Mexico Organic Industry initiated this legislation. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold public meetings in Las Cruces, Portales, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. During these meetings the new structure will be explained and they hope to receive community input on the proposed changes to the New Mexico Organic Program. Meetings for the community to attend, have been scheduled across the state. Meetings will be:  Monday, May 22, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture office in Las Cruces;  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Roosevelt County Extension Office;  Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Santa Fe County Extension Office;  And Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the USDA State Office in Albuquerque. If you have any questions or for more information, please contact David Lucero at 575-646-4929

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