Farm Credit
Jun 12 2017

NMDA to hold public rule hearings across New Mexico

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017

Contact: Shelby Herrera

575-646-3007 office

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) –  The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold public hearings in four locations across the state to discuss the adoption and amendment of two rules.

The hearings will be held to propose the repeal and adoption of 21.15.1 NMAC – “Organic Agriculture,” and amendments to 21.34.3 NMAC “Pasteurized Milk Ordinance,” and receive public comment on each proposal.

The hearings will be as follows:

  • In Las Cruces at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 1–2 p.m., and 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • In Portales at the Roosevelt County Extension Office on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 2–3 p.m., and 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • In Santa Fe at the State Capitol building in room 326, on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 8–9 a.m., and 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • In Albuquerque at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 1–2 p.m., and 2:30–3:30 p.m.

During the Organic Agriculture hearings, the new fee structure for the Department’s Organic Program will be proposed.

During the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance hearings amendments will be proposed. These amendments add a reference to additional documents that are used to regulate milk and milk products in New Mexico.

The Organic rule hearings will be held first at each location, with the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance rule hearings to follow.

A copy of the proposed rule is available on the webpage at www.nmda.nmsu.edu, or at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture located at 3190 S. Espina, Las Cruces, NM 88003.