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USDA publishes New Mexico’s 2020 agriculture statistics; total value is nearly $3 billion

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The New Mexico Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, has published the 2020 New Mexico Agricultural Statistics bulletin.

“In 2020 New Mexico’s total value of agriculture production was slightly lower at $3 billion, 5 percent below 2019,” New Mexico Department of Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte and New Mexico Field Office State Statistician Longino Bustillos said in the guide’s introductory letter.

“New Mexico chile and pecan production ranked in the top two spots in the nation in 2020,” Witte and Bustillos said. “Onions ranked fifth in the nation at $87 million, milk ranked ninth at $1.3 billion and cattle and calves ranked 14th at $964 million.”

“The data provided through USDA-NASS surveys benefits the ag industry in many ways, and I appreciate our producers taking the time to complete and submit surveys,” Witte said. “In addition to helping promote New Mexico-grown products and attracting domestic and international buyers, the statistics provided in the annual bulletin may affect important decisions for our local and state government.”

The publication is available at www.nmda.nmsu.edu/nmda-homepage/publications-forms and www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/New_Mexico/Publications/Annual_Statistical_Bulletin/2020/2020-NM-Ag-Statistics.pdf.