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Agriculture

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Approximately one-third of Socorro County’s economy is based in agriculture. Chile and alfalfa are two of our biggest crops. Ranches, maintained in many cases by families who have been ranching for generations, fill the horizon. During the fall’s chile harvest, visitors from the entire United States travel to Socorro County to smell the fresh green chili being roasted. They come to purchase fresh green chile or the red chile ristras. There are several produce stands that do a thriving business throughout the fall months, selling fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a Farmers’ Market on the plaza, which begins in July.

Socorro County has a very active Extension Service, 4-H clubs and FFA. Our middle school and high school have rodeo teams and our 4-H fair attracts thousands each Labor Day weekend with livestock competitions and sales, displays, games and entertainment for all ages.

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