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Department of Agriculture

About the Department

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) benefits the public by promoting the viability and advancement of New Mexico agriculture and affiliated industries. NMDA promotes a fair marketplace, food protection, marketing, and economic development; supports the beneficial use and conservation of natural resources; and works cooperatively with the public and private sectors.

NMDA develops, implements and promotes global marketing and economic development to facilitate trade; maintains regulatory compliance through cooperative relationships with industries, agencies and the public to ensure consumer protection and a uniform marketplace for agriculture; promotes responsible and effective use and management of natural resources in support of agriculture; ensures a safe and secure food supply; and conducts diagnostic analysis of animal specimens to determine the cause of deaths or to identify diseases.

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Cabinet Secretary: Jeff M. Witte

Jeff Witte is the director/secretary of New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and the Cabinet secretary of agriculture for the state of New Mexico.  He currently is President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, a past president of the Western United States Agriculture Trade Association and on the board and past president of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Mr. Witte served as the assistant director of NMDA from 1994 to 2003 then the director for the Office of Agricultural Biosecurity for NMDA and New Mexico State University (NMSU) until 2011.  He codirected the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center at NMSU, working on agriculture issues related to homeland security.  He is an adjunct instructor with Louisiana State University, National Center for Biomedical Research and Training; and the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mr. Witte comes from a ranching family in northern New Mexico. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management and a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Economics.

Contact Information

Address: 3190 S. Espina Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: 575-646-3007
Email: nmagsec@nmda.nmsu.edu

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Information regarding ongoing food delivery efforts to food-insecure New Mexicans during the pandemic.

ALBUQUERQUE — The State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Human Services Department and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are working together in a public-private partnership to feed more than 3,000 New Mexicans who are food...