Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture

In 2016, thirteen regional meetings were held with diverse stakeholders across the state and community members identified several agriculture-related issues. Following these meetings, a background report was published, and an Agricultural Resilience Task Force of industry leaders and experts was assembled to develop solutions. The Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic Plan was the result of the Task Force’s work. The implementation of this plan is critical to achieve greater agricultural and natural resource resiliency and ensure stability for the next generations of farmers and ranchers.

New Mexico Democracy Project

The New Mexico Democracy Project was an initiative led by a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals including New Mexico First, the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce, the New Mexico Local News Fund, New Mexico Open Elections and New Mexico Public Broadcasting Service. The coalition’s work embraced activities intended to build trust in our elections and our candidates leading up to the general election in November 2022.

New Mexico Redistricting Task Force

The NM Redistricting Task Force was formed in October 2020 and included 25 stakeholders, including retired members of the judiciary, state legislators from both chambers and major political parties, researchers, voting rights advocates, and good government stakeholders. Task force members met from October through December 2020. The task force published a set of recommendations, many of which were included in the NM Redistricting Act of 2021. The task force reconvened in 2022 to deepen the work it began in 2020.

Food, Hunger, Water, Ag Policy Workgroup

The Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Workgroup has been meeting since the summer of 2019. NM First helped coordinate and facilitate the work initiated by then-State Representative Melanie Stansbury. Since July 2022, the Policy Workgroup has been stewarded by a steering committee comprised of six local organizations. The workgroup includes policymakers, the emergency food sector, farmers, ranchers, resilient agriculture advocates, faith communities, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates, human rights advocates, health providers and advocates, local food system advocates, researchers, philanthropy, and more. All are welcome to participate!