New Mexico Chile Task Force


May Quarterly Chile Task Force Meeting

The May Chile Task Force Meeting was a big success. Thanks go to all of the speakers who gave informative presentations, and to all of the participants who made time for the meeting. Presentations and downloadable materials are available through the Agenda Page.

Beet Leafhoppers are here!
NMSU Plant Virologist Rebecca Creamer says that beet leafhoppers have arrived. Recent traps have as many as 140 insects, suggesting populations comparable to the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Click here to see a graph

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Project is funded by CSREES-USDA and US-FDA.
A GAPs Extension Specialist will aid the grower to do a farm self-assessment to ensure the growers readiness for an independent third-party certification. Third party certification is being required by food processors and retailers across the nation.

Safeway´┐Ż and Albertsons´┐Ż (PDF document) are examples of retailers now requiring third-party inspections and certification for produce.

To learn more about GAPs for New Mexico Growers, you can contact:
Roy Pennock, NMSU Extension Research Specialist,
Phone: (505) 646-3588, E-mail:

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