New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture

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The New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture is an appointed state executive position in the New Mexico state government.

The Secretary serves as head of the Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for ensuring a safe and secure food supply, fair marketplace, protecting natural resources and the environment, and promoting markets and trade.[1]

The Secretary serves on the governor's cabinet but reports to the New Mexico State University board and university president.[2]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Jeff Witte. He was appointed in May 2011.


The state Constitution establishes the Department of Agriculture in Article XV.

Under Article XV, Section 1:

There shall be a department of agriculture which shall be under the control of the board of regents of the college of agriculture and mechanic arts...


The Secretary of Agriculture is appointed by the New Mexico State University Regents.


The Department of Agriculture consists of the following six divisions:[3]

  • Agricultural and Environmental Services Division
  • Agricultural Programs and Resources Division
  • Dairy Division
  • Marketing and Development Division
  • Standards and Consumer Services Division
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Services


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the secretary of agriculture was paid an estimated $125,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture was paid an estimated $160,064 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Contact information

Physical Address:
3190 S. Espina
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005

Mailing Address:
MSC 3189, Box 30005
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005
Phone: 575-646-3007
Fax: 575-646-8120

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