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Jeff Witte
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New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture
In office
May 2011 - Present
Years in position 3
PredecessorTom Bagwell
Base salary$125,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedMay 2011
Appointed byNew Mexico State University Board of Regents
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University (1984)
Master'sNew Mexico State University (1985)
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Jeff Witte is the New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture. He was appointed by the New Mexico State University Board of Regents in May 2011.[1]


Witte first joined the New Mexico Department of Agriculture in 1994, serving as assistant director. In 2003, he became the director for the Office of Agricultural Biosecurity for NMDA and New Mexico State University (NMSU). In 2004, Witte co directed the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center at NMSU.[2]


  • BS, Agricultural Business and Management, New Mexico State University (1984)
  • MS, Agricultural Economics, New Mexico State University (1985)

Political career

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture (2011-present)

Witte has served as New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture since May 2011.



Witte was appointed as New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture by the New Mexico State University Board of Regents in May 2011. He stated, “Most of all...I look forward to working with our producers, processors, transporters, and retailers who are the heart and soul of our agricultural industry and provide the economic backbone in many communities in our great state.”[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Bagwell
New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture
May 2011–present
Succeeded by