COVID-19 Related Information Pertaining to Agriculture
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture through New Mexico State University is issuing information and updates on the COVID-19 epidemic as it relates to agriculture in New Mexico. This page will be updated with this new information as it becomes available.
The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a list of safe practices regarding COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control have put out guidance for agricultural workers and employers.
NMDA Office Closures
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has closed their offices to the Public due to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. This includes the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices as well as those of the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD). All of the above offices remain open for business with staff working from home and may be reached by phone or email. These restrictions are in effect until further notice.
The Department of Homeland Security has issued a memorandum describing Critical Infrastructure during the current epidemic, including those related to food and agriculture. Critical workforce are exempted from travel restrictions. Click here to access a template which may be modified so that individuals may show proof, if needed, that they are part of the critical workforce.