Agriculture & Horticulture

Agriculture in San Juan County NM

Our county's agriculture must remain competitive within local, national and even international markets. This requires a continuous flow of appropriate technology addressing local needs within New Mexico. Our Extension program works to maintain and strengthen programs that address these needs. Water is one of the most important limiting resources for our county's agriculture. All aspects of water use affect agricultural efficiency and profitability. Water management will become more critical as water demands for urbanization and industrialization increase.

Livestock Production in San Juan County is an 18 million dollar industry with over 700 producers owning livestock. The majority of these operations are small family livestock enterprises located on the Navajo reservation. A recent survey of Navajo producers shows the average cattle producer owns only nine head of cows and the average sheep producer owns 25 head of ewes. These producers have herds that are marginally managed and are in need of management techniques to help improve their profitability. A 1997 survey showed that Navajo producers received only 63 percent of the market value for their livestock. Annual lamb and calf crops averaged 62% and 70% respectfully far below the national average and average for off reservation producers in this area. Producers in other areas of the county are searching for ways to enhance their management and marketing techniques to maximize their dollar return.

Upcoming Agricultural Events

Additional information can be found on our Facebook page: NMSU Ag Extension, San Juan County NM

2021 Event Schedule

June -October Farmington Growers Market 8am-noon at the Farmington Museum. Visit their website for additional information at Farmington Growers Market.

On-demand NMDA Pesticide CEU Course $25 registration fee, course available until November 8, 2021 Find the course registration page here:

$25 course registration fee paid through credit/debit card (supervisors or companies will need to enroll/register individuals separately as CEU’s are digital and need individual contact information) 14 CEU recordings available including a 4 CEU forage focus so individuals can build their own course with what interests them. Quizzes to review knowledge gained at the end of each presentation. Streamlined approach: Digital badges (CEU’s) are earned after each quiz is completed (sent to the registrant within 24 hours) and directly sent to NMDA (no more printing and scanning CEU certificates and mailing them out!)

October 14, 2021 Growing Forward Farm Open House 4pm-7pm 4-5pm Presentation of farm and programs 5-7pm Open House

Current SJ County Agriculture/Horticulture Programs

San Juan County Master Gardeners

The San Juan County Master Gardener program provides intensive horticultural training to individuals who then volunteer as Master Gardeners in their communities by giving lectures, creating gardens, conducting research, and many other projects. San Juan County Master Gardeners must complete a 12 week training course and 40 hours of volunteer activity in their first year. After their initial year, volunteers are asked to complete 25 hours of volunteer work and 8 hours of continuing education.

The next San Juan County Master Gardener training course has yet to be scheduled. The 12 week long course will be a comprehensive training opportunity for avid gardening volunteers in San Juan County, NM. If you are interested in the program and would like to shadow a veteran Master Gardener or attend a meeting, please contact Bonnie Hopkins at 334-9496 or

NWNM Growers Markets

The Farmington Growers Market is located at 3041 E. Main street, Farmington NM at the Farmington Museum.

Saturday Markets 8am-noon June 8-October 31, 2021 Tuesday Markets 4-6pm July 9,-October 26, 2021

Visit Farmington Growers Market Website.

Visit Farmington Growers Market Facebook page

Shiprock Farmers Market The Shiprock Farmers Market is located at the Shiprock Chapter House on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Visit their [Facebook Page}( for more information.

Bloomfield Growers Market The Bloomfield Growers Market takes place every Thursday evening in Bishops Square in Bloomfield. For more information visit their Facebook Page

Kirtland Growers Market The Kirtland Growers Market takes place every Monday evening at the Kirtland Town Hall at 47 Road 6500. For more information visit their Facebook Page

The Aztec Farmers Market

The Aztec Farmers Market is located at Westside Plaza, 215 S. Main in Aztec, NM Wednesdays through July 10- October 4:30-7pm Visit Aztec Farmers market Facebook Page.

San Juan College Harvest Food Hub

The San Juan College Harvest Food Hub, an EDA University Center project, is strengthening the local food system in San Juan County by working with farmers and businesses to increase sales and consumption of locally grown produce. The goal of the food hub is to increase market opportunities for local farmers into restaurants, schools, and other retail outlets and institutions.

Visit the Food Hub Website for more information

Invasive Weeds

The spread of invasive non-native plant species is one of the greatest threats to the long-term environmental stability and health in the Four Corners region. More than 4500 invasive weed species sightings are documented, encompassing more than 10,000 acres of infestation. Russain Knapweed is the most prevalent species followed by Musk Thistle, Canada Thistle and Hoary Cress respectfully. For control measures, picture ID, fact sheets and maps see our website listed below.

For additional information regarding weeds in NM, visit: NMSU Brush and Weed Information.

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Popular Publications for San Juan County

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Bonnie Hopkins
Agriculture Agent
San Juan County Extension

Phone: 505-334-9496

Ag Notes Newsletter

  • Ag Notes Newsletter Summer 2020
    The Ag Notes Newsletter is a quarterly joint newsletter between the San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service, the NMSU Farmington Ag Science Center and the San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District. Sign up below to receive a copy of the next newsletter.
  • Ag Notes Newsletter, February 2021
    The Ag Notes Newsletter is a quarterly joint newsletter between the San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service, the NMSU Farmington Ag Science Center and the San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District. Sign up below to receive a copy of the next newsletter.

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