NM products [infographic]Cattle/Calves – New Mexico producers raised 1.3 million cattle and calves in 2015, earning a production value of $757.9 million. Along with cattle,
New Mexico’s thriving livestock sector includes dairy cattle and sheep.

Chile Peppers – The small village of Hatch in southern New Mexico is considered the “Chile Capital of the World.” In 2015, state chile farmers harvested 9,000 acres for a production value of more than $41 million.

Cotton – New Mexico is 16th in the nation for producing the most bales of cotton. State farmers harvested more than 60,000 bales of upland cotton, earning $16.5 million in production value.

Dairy – New Mexico is the ninth highest milk-producing state. In 2015, local dairies produced 7.8 billion pounds of milk and produced 768 million pounds of cheese. The nation’s largest cheese plant is in the state.

Hay – Hay is New Mexico’s top crop, and more specifically, alfalfa hay.
In 2015, state farmers yielded more than 893,000 tons of alfalfa hay, earning $188.4 million in production value.

Horticulture – The horticulture industry is flourishing in New Mexico. Horticulture, including nursery products, earned a total production value of more than $37.3 million in 2014.

Onions – With more than 5,100 acres of onions harvested in 2015, New Mexico is the eighth leading state for the crop. Onion farmers earned $91.3 million in production value.

Pecans – New Mexico ranks No. 3 in the nation for pecan acreage. In 2015, state farmers yielded 73 million pounds for a $182.5 million production value. The state is also home to the No. 1 pecan-producing county in the U.S.

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