2015 July Nonprofit of the Month - New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau

Jul 27th, 2015

2220 N. Telshor | 575-532-4700 | www.nmflb.org

Mission:   New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau is a free, independent, nongovernmental and voluntary organization of farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing agricultural problems and formulating action to achieve educational awareness and social advancement, and thereby, to promote the 2015 July Chamber Nonprofit of the Month New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureaunational well-being. Farm Bureau is non-partisan and is local, statewide, national and international in its scope and influence.

Purpose: The many programs and services provided by New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau are designed to strengthen agriculture and rural New Mexico. The true strength of Farm Bureau however, comes from its members.  Generations of our state’s farmers and ranchers have discovered that at its heart Farm Bureau is people – productive, politically active people that are working at the grassroots level from their county commission all the way to D.C. to make a difference.

Key goals: New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau represents all commodity interests and is involved in all issues that are of concern to the state’s farmers and ranchers including taxation, regulation, landowner rights, food safety and access to water.

History: The New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau was founded in Dona Ana County in 1917 by farmers and ranchers seeking an organization to present a unified voice.  In those days, improved education and increased production were major goals of the organization.  Today we represent over 18,000 farm, ranch and rural New Mexicans.  Because of Farm Bureau’s solid policy development process, the organization has members in every community across the state.

Key people to know: Chad Smith, CEO
Events and activities:  Summer Conferences, Annual Meetings, and AgFest in Santa Fe during the legislative session.

Future plans:  

1. Remain politically strong representing New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers on local, state and national levels.
2.  Offer educational resources for promoting agricultural literacy and telling agriculture’s story.
3.  Provide leadership training opportunities for all members as well as development programs for new and beginning food producers.