ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico farmers are getting creative in dealing with the drought by changing their crops in many cases and how they sell them.
Figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 19 percent of farmers are now selling directly to customers.
When you cut out the middle man, you increase profit.
The figures also show farmers are planting a wider variety of higher value specialty crops like pecans and melons and many are abandoning food and turning to sod, flowers and other decorative plants.
A highlight of the study, 97 percent of New Mexico farms are still family owned.
Doña Ana, Luna and Sierra County rank in the top five counties in the country for chile acreage.