SENATE MEMORIAL 23
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
Elizabeth "Liz” Stefanics
DECLARING FEBRUARY 4, 2020 "WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE DAY" IN THE SENATE.
WHEREAS, the New Mexico farm and livestock bureau has been the voice of agriculture in New Mexico since 1917, and the bureau is an independent, voluntary, grassroots organization that advocates for agriculture to ensure a sustainable future; and
WHEREAS, the women's leadership program is part of the New Mexico farm and livestock bureau and supports women in agriculture and their leadership development roles; and
WHEREAS, thirty-four percent of New Mexico farmers and ranchers are women, and they have an economic impact of eighty-eight million five hundred thousand dollars ($88,500,000); and
WHEREAS, agriculture is a major contributor to New Mexico's economy as the third largest employer in the state; and
WHEREAS, women are of vital importance to rural economies, not only in New Mexico but across the nation and around the world; and
WHEREAS, women raising poultry and small livestock and growing food crops are responsible for sixty percent to eighty percent of food production in developing countries; and
WHEREAS, the New Mexico senate supports women in agriculture and women in leadership roles;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that February 4, 2020 be declared "Women in Agriculture Day" in the senate in honor of the New Mexico women farmers and ranchers who work hard to provide residents of New Mexico, the United States and the world with the food, fuel and fiber they consume; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be transmitted to the director of the New Mexico department of agriculture.
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