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 Latest Information on 2022 Wildfires 


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Hay and Pasture Contacts

New Mexico has had a very early and extremely damaging wildfire season. The fires have left many producers without summer pasture, and many have lost their supply of hay inventories. The challenge is finding sources of forage for impacted producers. This hay and pasture contact page was created so landowners and those with hay for sale may list what might be available. The goal is to establish a one-stop shop for the convenience of both New Mexico producers and those who have supplies.


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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Agricultural Workforce Development Program

New Mexico-based agricultural businesses may apply for internship funding through the NMDA’s Agricultural Workforce Development Program beginning June 10, 2022. The goal of 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 application period will remain open until funds are fully allocated or by March 31, 2023, whichever comes first. Funds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for use after July 1, 2022, and must be fully expended by May 31, 2023. Visit the Agricultural Workforce Development Program web page for details regarding the program’s criteria, requirements, allowable expenses, application process and intern eligibility.


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 June 9, 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). 


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.