Nambé, N.M. – Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, hosted a roundtable with Farm to Table New Mexico and Sandoval County farmers to discuss their efforts to provide healthy, sustainable foods to New Mexicans and how New Mexico is utilizing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs to support local food systems. Luján worked to strengthen these programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.
“New Mexico’s farmers do essential work, and we depend on them to ensure our state’s food security. That’s why one of my top priorities is making sure farmers have the support they need to stay afloat during this pandemic,” said Luján. “I’ll be taking their experiences and concerns back to Congress as I fight for additional relief for struggling New Mexico families and businesses, and as I work to ensure USDA programs work for New Mexico.”
Participants in today’s meeting included Pam Roy, Executive Director and co-founder of Farm to Table NM; Anthony Wagner, co-owner of Wagner Farms; Elan Silverblatt, co-owner of Silver Leaf Farms; Bonnie Gonzales, President of Corrales Growers’ Market; Michael Venticinque, Value Chain Coordinator for the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association; and Helga Garza, Director of the Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network.