DEMING – Thursday, a bill to provide food and agriculture education to New Mexico students passed the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee.
House Bill 125, sponsored by Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), would create an appropriation for agriculture education and experiential learning grants to school programs.
Representative Sweetser said, “In New Mexico, we know how important it is for young people to have every opportunity to succeed. We also know that getting agriculture literacy throughout our state is crucial for students to remember where their food, fiber, and fuel originates. This is a community-driven program that connects our students to their land and the deep roots of our state.”
House Democrats understand the vital contributions of rural communities, farming and ranching to New Mexico and this bill serves to protect and expand youth’s awareness of food and agriculture.
House Bill 125 now moves to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, and two Senate Committees for consideration before going to the Senate Floor.