December 10, 2020
The NM Food and Agriculture Policy Council (NMFAPC) is committed to focusing on policies related to many food and agriculture issues. We look forward to your voices at our upcoming meeting, Tuesday, December 15, 9-10:30am. Please RSVP to receive Zoom link. All meeting materials will be sent on Monday to those who have registered.
- Governing Board Report and Planning for 2021
- Preparation for 2021 Legislative Session
- Review current and pending legislative priority requests progress and approval requests (Advocacy Committee)
- New 2021 Legislative priorities requests
- Strategy, partnering, logistics, communications, scheduling weekly meetings during session
- Civic Engagement Training
- Federal updates
Materials for proposals under consideration:
There will be a Civic Engagement Training planning meeting immediately after NMFAPC meeting on December 15 at 10:30-11:30am. Please join us if you're interested in helping to plan the training (same zoom link).
As we prepare for the 2021 NM legislative session, the one thing we know is that there is an incredible interest in expanding and strengthening New Mexico's food and agriculture initiatives and businesses. We are seeing more interest and coordination among farmers, ranchers, food businesses, food hubs and cooperatives, distributors, retailers, organizations and agencies, building on years of diligent work, to expand business and market opportunities.
At the same time, many of you are working together on the frontlines of food assistance programs and the many Covid-19 related issues and programs. Thank you! We are seeing greater connections and coordination of our natural resources to local food systems, as we continue to articulate to many people, how our land, soil, and water are directly tied to the food on our tables. Here is a wonderful article in the Santa Fe Reporter about some of these efforts.
There are many resources available!
As we move into the holiday season, and reflect on a pivotal year of change and challenges, much has been learned. The greatest gifts you all share are those of courage, creativity, and compassion. The trust and genuine interest to work together, to build on hard work to strengthen our local food and farm systems, is profound. Your participation and commitments to the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council are helping us nurture our values, build partnerships, and prepare for the future.
We look forward to seeing you and hearing your contributions at our upcoming NMFAPC meeting, December 15th!
With much appreciation,
Farm to Table and the
New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council and Santa Fe Food Policy Council
The purpose of the New Mexico Food and Agricultural Policy Council is to improve the health and wealth of New Mexicans through increasing economic opportunities for rural and under-served communities.
Our goal is to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children, food-insecure families, and individuals.
At the same time, our focus is on expanding markets for farming and ranching families, and reinvigorating local economic activity with food wholesale/retail development.
NM Food & Ag Policy Council Meeting
Wednesday, December 15
9am - 10:30am
Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) meeting December 18, 10am
Please consider becoming a member of the NM Food and Agriculture Policy Council.