Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture is a project that began in 2014 to address unprecedented challenges to the health of the agriculture industry – issues no one farmer, rancher or businessman could tackle alone. The project has had help from many funders, but its backbone organizations are New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service (NMSU) and New Mexico First.
Foundationally, this project advances three activities: reforms to strengthen agricultural resilience in New Mexico; support for the industry from policymakers and stakeholders; and improved understanding by the public about the values of agriculture to the state’s future. To achieve these goals, the project centers on the implementation of a statewide policy plan for New Mexico agriculture – the Ag Plan. The Ag Plan focuses on 4 main policy areas: land and water, supporting the next generation of farmers and ranchers, improving and expanding the agricultural supply chain, and ensuring economic viability for agriculture.