Agriculture 101

What does agriculture look like in New Mexico?

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New Mexico has a diverse agriculture commodity base, including cattle, chile, onions, alfalfa, cotton, pecans, dairy, hay, and corn.

New Mexico has 23,800 family farms encompassing more than 49 million acres of farmland. Many of these farms and ranches have been in the same families for generations.

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New Mexico is home to more than 1.2 million head of beef and dairy cattle, our state's most profitable agricultural products.

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Our state is a leading producer of chile nationwide, growing more than 60,000 tons of chile annually.

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New Mexico is often the largest producer of pecans in the United States, competing for the top post with Georgia and Texas.

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Farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers care for their animals because it’s the right thing to do. Making sure cattle are healthy and have adequate water, food, and shelter is the most important part of animal ownership. Cattle receive vaccinations to prevent illness and their diet is carefully monitored to ensure healthy growth.

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Agriculture is everywhere in New Mexico, including urban and suburban areas. From the backyard chicken owner to the organic lavender farm, the wine producer to the heirloom tomato farmer, agriculture comes in many sizes. Your local farmers’ market is a great way to connect with agricultural neighbors for fresh eggs, fruits, and vegetables.