The Unique Nature of Agriculture in New Mexico

New Mexico has a desert climate with plenty of sun and wind with temperatures in many areas hitting the 90s during the day and dropping to the 60s in the evenings. In the winter the temperature fluctuations are even more varied. The state typically has just 12 inches of rain per year.  Even so, 60 percent of the land is farmland, according to the USDA Economic Research Service, and 89 percent is used as pasture.

In total there are 21,000 farms in New Mexico covering more than 43.2 million acres. The average size of a farm is 2,066 acres. Not surprising for a state that contains so much pasture land, dairy products and raising calves and cattle are the leading agricultural products. Other products being grown include pecans, hay (for the livestock), onions and chili.

Many New Mexicans maintain great pride in the state’s agricultural heritage. George “Dave” Giddens, the founder of Giddens & Gatton Law, P.C., developed a deep appreciation of what farmers do when he grew up in western Kansas where many of his neighbors were farmers.

With his love of helping family farmers, he recognized that he could use his expertise and skills to help farmers in New Mexico navigate the bankruptcy process. His goal is to bring them some peace of mind and get their financial lives back on track. He has received recognition for his professional abilities and ethics, including being named a 2014 Best Lawyer in America in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. For a consultation, call Giddens & Gatton Law, P.C. at (505) 633-6298 or visit our website at