Today I am in Estancia, New Mexico, a town of 1,500 just East on I-40 from Albuquerque. If you have been following my Twitter feed, you’ll know I’m just as excited about the road trip as I am about the opportunity to share my passion for Agriculture with others in a face to face setting. I will be sharing my story and teaching elementary and middle school kids about agriculture. Later, today I will be the guest speaker at the FFA banquet. Such an exciting opportunity!
Since I am in New Mexico sharing my Ag Story, I thought it would only be appropriate to share some Ag Facts from that state.
- The top 5 Ag commodities in New Mexico are Cattle, Dairy Products, Hay, Pecans, Greenhouse/nursery products
- 359,310 acres (2008) are used for Organic food production
- The Average farm size is 2,066 acres
- 58.7% of farms are less than 100 acres
- The average farmer is 59.6 years old
- New Mexico Agriculture has a total economic impact of over $6 Billion
- New Mexico is famous for growin green chiles
- In 2008, pecan exports exceeded 25 million pounds
- There are more than 50 farmers markets in New Mexico
I’ll be sure to let ya’ll know more about my trip to New Mexico later in the week
Want to learn more Ag Facts from your state? Check out my Stamps, States, and AgFacts project!