November 16, 2020
We look forward to your participation in the New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council meeting this Wednesday, November 18th, 10am – 1pm. Please RSVP here.
- Discuss the 2021 legislative priorities current progress, strategies to move forward, best approaches to work with multiple group initiatives, policy makers, and agencies
Share and consider new policy and appropriations submissions for 2021 (see form )
- Do planning for the 2021 NM Legislative Session Civic Engagement Training
- Highlight Tribal Policy Work – Presentations and Round Table Discussion
- Look at next steps toward federal programs and policy work
- Discuss the NM Legislative election
- See agenda
As we get closer to the 2021 New Mexico Legislative Session we look forward to hearing about your policy initiatives as we further our priority setting and strategies. Please submit any policy and appropriations requests to us on the Legislative Submission Form for consideration. We’ll continue to provide opportunities for submission. Please see our current NMFAPC 2021 Legislative Priorities list and letter.
Requests to be introduced for consideration:
We will also plan for our Annual Civic Engagement Training, to be held in the second week in January. We invite all who would like to help us plan!
It’s time to become familiar with our legislators. Here is full information on the outcomes of the November 3rd election, from the New Mexico Secretary of State. Nine new Senators and nine new Representatives were elected to the New Mexico State Legislature.
We will have two Governing items to share and vote on:
Adding an additional membership level of $50 for volunteer run non-profit organizations (see Membership Form with draft recommendations)
Guidance on requests for Letters of Support from the NMFAPC (see suggested guidance on second page of the agenda)
Focus on Tribal Community Policy
Policy affects everyone, yet not always in the same ways. Many state policies are intertwined with tribal, city, county and federal policies that affect our food and agriculture systems in varying ways. At our meeting we want to highlight some of these issues. As we acknowledge Native American Heritage Month and celebrate Indigenous peoples and the diversity of our state every day, we look forward to learning from our colleagues who represent sovereign communities here in New Mexico and the southwest about their work and how policies can positively and negatively affect them.
Our presenters will be
Andrea Pepin, Program Manager of the Zuni Youth Enrichment Program
Joy Bobelu, Food Services Coordinator, Zuni Public School District
Desbah Padilla, Technical Assistance Specialist - Southwest Region, for the Intertribal Agriculture Council
They will share policy issues and ideas from the perspectives of their communities – from health to agriculture and natural resources. They’ll be joined by several of our member organizations, First Nations Development Institute and Dine’ Food Sovereignty Alliance in our round table discussion. The conversation will be open to all for questions and shared thoughts.
As the NMFAPC we look forward to being better informed about the issues that face sovereign communities and how we can be of support in appropriate ways.
To build on the federal policy presentation and highlights from our September meeting, we'll share policy updates, current issues, what to anticipate in the coming months, and consider creating a more formative approach to our federal policy work.
We appreciate all of your voices and wisdom and look forward to your participation at next Wednesday’s NMFAPC meeting. Until then, be well.
Farm to Table and the
New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council and Santa Fe Food Policy Council