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A. Any person suffering a loss or damage resulting from the use or application by others of any pesticide shall file with the department a verified report of loss setting forth, so far as known to the claimant, the following:
(1) the name and address of the claimant;
(2) the type of land alleged to be injured or damaged;
(3) the name of the person applying the pesticide and allegedly responsible;
(4) the name of the owner or occupant of the property for whom the pesticide application was made; and
(5) additional information as requested by the department.
B. The report must be filed within sixty days from the time that the loss or damage becomes known to the claimant. If a growing crop is alleged to have been damaged, the report must be filed prior to harvest of fifty percent of that crop, unless the loss or damage was not then known. The department may prepare a form to be furnished to persons making a report of alleged damages. This form shall contain other requirements as the department deems necessary. The department may, upon receipt of the alleged damage report, notify the licensee and the owner or lessee of the land or other person who may be charged with the responsibility, of the damages claimed, and furnish copies of the statements as may be requested. The department shall inspect damages whenever possible, and when they determine that the complaint has sufficient merit, they shall make the information available to the person claiming damage and to the person who is alleged to have caused the damage.
C. The filing of a report or the failure to file a report need not be alleged in any complaint which might be filed in a court of law, and the failure to file the report shall not be considered any bar to the maintenance of any action.
D. The failure to file the report shall not be a violation of this act. However, if the person failing to file the report is the only one injured from the use or application of a pesticide by others, the department may, when in the public interest, refuse to hold a hearing for the denial, suspension or revocation of a license or permit issued under the Pesticide Control Act until the report is filed.
E. Where damage is alleged to have occurred, the claimant shall permit the department, the licensee and his representatives, such as bondsman or insurer, to observe and examine the lands or nontarget organism alleged to have been damaged. Failure of the claimant to permit the observation and examination of the damaged lands shall automatically bar the claim against the licensee.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New Mexico Statutes Chapter 76. Agriculture § 76-4-25. Damaged person must file report of loss; contents; time of filing; effect of failure to file - last updated May 06, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nm/chapter-76-agriculture/nm-st-sect-76-4-25/
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