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.

Financial Assistance for Producers

State and federal grant and loan programs are available for Producers impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. Click the button below to see the details of these programs. Note that most of the funding is on a first come first served basis so speed is of the essence.

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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.

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Essential Agriculture Worker Information

New Mexico State University has issued an information bulletin for Producers on how to proceed under the current epidemic. Agriculture is under the list of Essential Businesses and this bulletin addresses how to structure the work environment.

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Critical Infrastructure

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.

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Food Safety Training

NMDA has issued instructions on proper handling techniques for food workers and produce harvesters. Click here for instructions in English and here for instructions in Spanish.

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