Values StatementA just, equitable, and sustainable food system is one that provides physical, economic and community health; regenerates, protects, and respects natural resources and animals; and ensures that all people live with dignity and freedom from oppression and exploitation. 

Issue Statement:  New Mexico’s food value chain is vulnerable with a disproportionate emphasis on exporting food outside of the state; insufficient food processing, storage and distribution systems; deficient systems to ensure the health of our vulnerable populations and natural resources; and inefficient plans to sustain and grow the agricultural economy of NM. 


Primary Ask/Goal

Food Initiative
Will go into HB 2

Purpose of the Initiative: To cultivate a just food system that measurably reduces hunger, provides equitable access to nutritious, culturally meaningful, foods, and honors the wisdom of our land-based traditions. A comprehensive legislative approach to support community food programs, NM Grown Program, supply chain support, and a long range strategy for sustainability. 

Sponsoring Organization: Office of the Governor

NMFAPC Tier Assignment: Tier 2

Purpose: Ensuring free, healthy school meals for all students; making an appropriation.

Sponsoring Organization:  Recommended in the Governor’s  FY24 Executive Budget 

Legislative Sponsors: Senators Michael Padilla and Leo Jaramillo

NMFAPC Tier Assignment: Tier 2

Passed the Senate Education Committee on 1/30.

Moving to the Senate Finance Committee

Purpose: House and Senate memorials declaring January 26, 2023 “New Mexico Food & Farms Day” in the House of Representatives in celebration of community food and farm initiatives toward ending hunger.

Sponsoring Organization: NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council

Legislative Sponsors: Representative Joanne Ferrary for the House Memorial and Senators Pete Campos and Liz Stefanics for the Senate Memorial.

 NMFAPC Tier Assignment: Tier 1


HM1 Passed in the House on 1/26/23 Y: 70: N:0

SB1 Passed in the Senate on 1/26/23 Y: 43: N:0

Purpose: Making an appropriation to the Department of Health for county and tribal health councils statewide, requesting $5,250,000.

Sponsoring Organization: NM Alliance of Health Councils

 Legislative Sponsors: Anthony Allison and D. Wonda Johnson

 NMFAPC Tier Assignment: Tier 2


Passed the Health and Human Services Committee on 1/23.

Purpose: The NMLB will be requesting that legislation be introduced that addresses the required statutory authority to attain a state Meat and Poultry Inspection Program (MPI) that meets an “At Least Equal To” status with the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The statutes will address areas such as definitions, inspection requirements, adulteration, misbranding, humane methods of slaughter, sanitation, prohibited acts, penalties, ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection, licensing, condemnation, appeals process, labeling, sanitation, records and documentation, etc. The requested statutes will be similar to those that were repealed after the previous state MPI Program was dissolved in 2007.

Sponsoring Organization: NM Livestock Board

Legislative Sponsors: Representatives Gail Armstrong, Jack Chatfield, Tara Jaramillo, Willie D. Madrid, Candy Spence Ezzell

NMFAPC Tier Assignment: Tier 2

Purpose: To make a transformative, generational investment in New Mexico’s future by addressing the impacts of climate change on our land, water, wildlife, and agricultural communities. This would be a trust fund that would leverage federal and private support for climate resiliency, water and food security, watershed health, and the conservation of working lands, biodiversity and open space, and inspire future generations of land and water stewards. See Governor’s press release.

Sponsoring Organization: This is an initiative of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

Legislative Sponsors: Senators Stephen P. Nevill, Nathan Small and Peter Wirth

NMFAPC Tier Assignment: Tier 2

Passed the Senate Conservation Committee on 1/31 Vote: 7 yes, 0 no. See New Mexico Land Conservancy notice.


Purpose: The purpose of this bill is to ensure fairness and due process in water lease applications to the State Engineer. HB 121 clarifies that the State Engineer can approve a permit for a water use lease only after requirements for public notice, opportunity to protest, and mandatory public hearings have been met. 
More information to support this bill.

Sponsoring Organization: New Mexico Acequia Association

Legislative Sponsors: Representatives Christine Chandler, Susan k. Herrera, Peter Wirth

NMFAPC Tier Assignment: Tier 2

Scheduled for the House Energy Environment and Natural Resources Committee on 1/31 at 8:30am in Room 317.

Water and Acequia Legislative Priorities



Sponsoring Organizations: NM Acequia Association

Legislative Sponsor:

NMFAPC Tier Assignment: Tier 2