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July 28, 2020

New Mexico Department of Agriculture warns residents not to plant un-solicited foreign seeds

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has received reports of New Mexico residents who have been mailed unsolicited foreign seeds not clearly labeled as seeds. The seed shipments may be obscured as jewelry items.

If you are the recipient of one of these seed packets, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is asking you not to plant them. If the seed has been planted, collect the seed prior to germination or destroy any emerging plants.

NMDA is working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and other state departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

This type of international shipment of seeds is unlawful under state and federal regulations. The seeds are unknown and could be a pathway for introductions of new invasive plant species and new plant diseases to the state.

NMDA asks anyone who has received one of these unsolicited foreign shipments to save all shipping labels, packaging and seeds, and contact the New Mexico Department of Agriculture by email at (photographs encouraged), or by phone at 575-646-3007. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

New Mexico residents are not in violation of any regulations if they have received these shipments, but they are the key to identifying and stopping future shipments.

Send seeds and associated shipping materials to NMDA at the following address:

New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Laboratory Division

Attn: Tim Darden



July 24, 2020

NMDA accepting Healthy Soil Program grant applications

Farmers and ranchers, Eligible Entities invited to apply

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting grant appli-cations for its Healthy Soil Program, which was created in the 2019 Healthy Soil Act.

The act’s purpose is to promote and support farming and ranching systems and other forms of land management that increase soil organic matter, aggregate stability, micro-biology and water retention to improve the state’s soil health, yield and profitability.

New Mexico farmers and ranchers interested in applying must do so by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 through an Eligible Entity, such as a Soil and Water Conservation District; a tribe, nation, or pueblo; or a land grant or acequia. Eligible Entities will conduct preliminary reviews of the applications they receive, then forward the applications they approve to NMDA by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Eligible Entities are also invited to ap-ply to NMDA on their own behalf; such applications are also due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. Late applications will not be accepted.

Grant funding may be used for agricultural projects in New Mexico that focus on one or more of five basic soil health principles: keeping the soil covered; minimizing soil disturbance on cropland; maximizing biodiversity; maintaining a living root; and inte-grating animals into land management.

“I encourage farmers, ranchers and all Eligible Entities to apply for this program, which is geared toward improving New Mexico’s soil health,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “We received 84 applications as part of the pilot pro-gram last year. Based on feedback from applicants and Eligible Entities during the pro-gram’s first year, our team has made several improvements to the entire process.”

NMDA strongly recommends that farmers and ranchers who intend to apply make themselves known as soon as possible to the Eligible Entity through which they intend to apply.

For more information or to download a streamlined, fillable application, visit or call 575-646-2642.


2019 Length of Service Awards were given during the NMACD Annual Conference held in Region 4 in Raton, NM, October 29-31.  The names of Supervisors who received these awards are contained in the file at the bottom of this page.  Awards for those in attendance were presented by Jimbo Williams, our newly-elected President of NMACD for 2019-2020.  



Eloy Olivas, 10 Yrs, Upper Chama        Willard for Steve Janos, 30 Yrs., Sierra        Dusty Hunt, 30 Yrs., Grant


  Jim Grider, 20 Yrs., Carrizozo         Richard Montoya for Fred Padilla,         Tommy Wallace, 25 Yrs.,

                                                          15 Yrs., Lava                                          Canadian River

Sergio Beltran for Steve Haines, 

20 Yrs., Central Valley