Standards and Consumer Services Division (SCS) inspectors at New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) started inspecting livestock scales along the U.S/Mexico border while accompanied by local law enforcement escorts. Throughout the last week of July, NMDA’s weights and measures inspector tested the livestock scales in the area south of I-10 from Las Cruces to the Arizona border. NMDA announced earlier this year that because of safety concerns along this corridor, sheriff’s deputies from Luna and Hidalgo counties would escort the inspectors.
“Everyone deserves to be safe when they head to work. For our inspectors, during this time of year, their work happens to be in remote areas along the Mexican border where, unfortunately, there are risks involved,” said NMDA Director/Secretary Miley Gonzalez. “Often they don’t have cell phone service, so we are being proactive and luckily this year federal funds are available to help with that.” To continue reading, click here. (Contact: Noreen Jaramillo, email@example.com)