Longtime staffer to lead NMDA’s efforts
in ensuring quality of local dairy products
New Mexico consistently ranks among the top 10 states in the country in milk production and among the top five in cheese production. Ever wondered about the regulatory framework for ensuring that all of that milk, cheese, and other dairy products are safe to eat and drink?
New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s (NMDA) Dairy Division conducts sanitary inspections of milking barns and milk-processing facilities, and it samples milk and dairy products – all to ensure the quality of those products. The Dairy Division’s work covers conventional and certified organic dairies, and it covers dairies where goat’s milk is produced, not just dairies where cow’s milk is produced. Now that division is undergoing a change in leadership.
Project aims to help
New Mexico farmers’ markets sellers, customers
Fans of farmers’ markets, local food, and New Mexico agriculture are invited to participate in a project that aims to benefit small local farmers and their customers.
New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is looking for people across the state who frequent their local farmers’ market. The agency is asking them to take a few notes about the prices of the fruits and vegetables – as well as eggs and specialty items like honey and mushrooms – for sale there, then share what they learn so that a statewide clearinghouse of price information can be created. The goal is to help New Mexico growers and customers alike know the price range of produce at local farmers’ markets.
Over the last 14 years, the New Mexico Agricultural Leadership (NMAL) program has served New Mexico by identifying and providing leadership development opportunities to more than 90 men and women in the food, agriculture, and natural resource sectors so they could become stronger and more effective in their work and in their communities.
NMDA is one of many proud sponsors of the program. New Mexico Secretary Jeff Witte was instrumental in the creation of the program more than a decade ago.
NMAL is now recruiting participants for its eleventh cohort, with class scheduled to begin this November. Download the application packet and submit it by August 20. More information is available at 575-646-6691 and email@example.com.