Jeff Witte, Secretary, NM Dept. of Agriculture

Air Dates: January 19-21, 2013

This week on Report from Santa Fe, Lorene
interviews Jeff Witte, the Director/Secretary of the New
Mexico Department of Agriculture. Agriculture is a vital
part of the state culturally and economically, and Mr.
Witte gives an engaging interview about what his
department is doing to keep the industry strong.

Secretary Witte presents information about two upcoming
events that are sure to provide much needed economic
stimulus for New Mexico and expand opportunities for our
agricultural community.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is hosting the
seminar, “Explore Exporting – The World is Waiting” on
January 23 in Albuquerque, aimed at helping food and
agriculture companies of all sizes learn how to build
their business by exporting their products.

The 2013 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference the largest agricultural conference in New Mexico, takes place
February 15-16 in Albuquerque. Organic farming and
ranching is the fastest growing segment of New Mexico
agriculture. Last year, organic farming and ranching in
New Mexico had an economic impact of more than $53
million.

Quotes:

“In New Mexico, I like to say we produce the entire plate.
Some states are known for cheese or whatever. We produce
the entire plate – beef, salad, products between lettuce,
cabbage, tomatoes, green chili, potatoes, all the way to
your pecans and some of your dessert products. We produce the entire plate...we have got the best producers and we have got some of the best soil – just add water, stir it
up and we get the best crops.”


“The exports, and New Mexico is in a unique situation
because we have such great identifiable specialty crops
all across the state. And this export seminar that we have
got coming up really provides a good opportunity for our
producers and processors to learn about what it takes to
enter the export market. You don’t have to be big. You
don’t have to be small. In today’s world, even the
smallest producers and processors can ship across the
world and they want our products.”