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New Mexico Department of Agriculture

 Latest Information on 2022 Wildfires 

Construction of the new NMDA Laboratory Building is in progress to the west of the main NMDA Building in Las Cruces on the New Mexico State University campus. The usual visitor parking lot to the south of the building is closed. For parking and building pathway information, please see the map below.

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2022 Chile Labor Incentive Program (CLIP)

The State of New Mexico is providing $1 million in financial assistance to the New Mexico chile industry through the  Chile Labor Incentive Program (CLIP). These funds will be administered by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. The intent of CLIP is to support both the chile farmers and chile processors in their effort to incentivize hiring and retention of the seasonal workforce necessary to harvest and process New Mexico chile crops from the 2021 harvest season through the 2024 harvest season, or until funding has been exhausted.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Information

As of May 6, 2022, there have been no confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in New Mexico. Over 30 states have had confirmed cases of HPAI in domestic flocks. These include commercial operations and backyard flocks. Avian influenza is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and wild birds (especially waterfowl). 


Agricultural Workforce Development Program

New Mexico-based agricultural businesses may apply for internship funding through NMDA’s Agricultural Workforce Development Program. The goal of the program is to create opportunities for young and beginning farmers and ranchers, including students, to gain work experience in agriculture that can turn into careers and thus support New Mexico’s agricultural future. The program provides incentives to New Mexico agricultural businesses to hire interns. The grant application period will open January 4, 2022 and continue until funds are fully allocated or by April 1, 2022, whichever comes first. Funds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be fully expended by June 15, 2022. Learn about the Agricultural Workforce Developmet Program and the program’s criteria, requirements, allowable expenses, application process and intern eligibility.

2021 AG Day

Sponsored by the New Mexico Beef Council, 2021 AG Day was Saturday, Sept. 25, during New Mexico State University’s Homecoming celebration and prior to the NMSU vs. Hawaii football game. Read the recap.

Drought Resources for Agricultural Producers

New Mexico’s drought intensity levels remain at severe, extreme or exceptional, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor. The Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center at New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture remind producers of the seriousness of the drought situation. Producers are encouraged to visit the new drought resources page, which includes information about and links to various resources at the local, state, federal and university levels.