Coronavirus: Information, Resources, and Updates for New Mexico’s Local Food and Farming Community

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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information

Health officials worldwide are closely monitoring and responding to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association (NMFMA) works to build the local food system by supporting agriculture producers and communities across the state. During this current crisis, the NMFMA is joining together with state agencies, local organizations, farmers, funders, and other groups across the country to provide the resources you need during this time of uncertainty.

As the current COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly evolve, check this page regularly. The NMFMA staff is working remotely by phone or email, so let us know how we can help.

Resources by Topic

COVID-19 is affecting most areas of our lives, from our businesses to who we see, to how we pay our rent or mortgage. We hope the following resources are helpful to you during this transition. Check back frequently as the resources will be updated regularly.

The Agriculture Department on Tuesday rolled out the final details of its $16 billion direct payment package for farmers and ranchers, one month after first announcing the aid program. Find out more. 

This section has a variety of COVID-related resources that may be useful for your farmers market, farm stand, CSA, grocery store, or other outlet. All of these resources have been vetted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Environment Department.

Online Learning

While most in-person events have been canceled, there are a host of online trainings and webinars:

New Mexico's Online Food Safety Training

All food safety training is now online for all growers, including those planning to sell to New Mexico's Public Education Department (PED). Here are your options: 

1) PED returning vendors: Deadline June 1

Complete Returning PED Vendors: Approved Supplier Program online videos and quizzes (login required).

2) New PED vendors (Deadline June 1), and other growers:  

If you will be selling to the schools in the 2020-2021 school year as a new vendor, you must complete the Online Produce Safety Risk Assessment Training (read the complete list of training requirements and FAQs here).

  • Webinars will be offered between April 20 and May 9. To learn how to schedule your webinar head here.

  • Your training coursework must be completed by May 21.

3) Open source viewing of the NMFMAs food safety video modules (no quizzes or course certificate) head here.

May Webinar Series, Intertribal Ag Council featuring May Webinar Series

A webinar series, Resiliency through Agriculture, developed by team members at the Intertribal Ag Council (IAC) is exploring topics under the IAC mission areas of Legal and Policy, Professional Development, Conservation and Production Innovation, Food Systems, Communications and Economics. Resiliency through Agriculture is an initiative to help educate producers, provide them resources and offers toolkits that will help them make informed decisions. 

IAC, has seized the opportunity to adapt their programming to bring industry and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) information to producers in Indian Country during these unforeseen circumstances, said Jacob Pelkey with Micmac Farms. The work of IAC unites the voice of the producer in a way that starts with the grassroots needs of our communities. 

The following seven grassroots topics will be featured during May. Webinars will be archived so they can be listened to repeatedly:

Topic: Resources in Response to COVID-19
Q&A with Intertribal Agriculture Councils Executive Director, Zach Ducheneaux. Covering resources available to Native American and Alaskan Native agriculture producers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When: May 5, 2020 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
View the recording here

Topic: An Overview of the Canadian Market
When: May 7, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
Video coming soon

Topic: Beef Marketing: Marketing, Packaging, Distributing 
When: May 12, 2020 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
View the recording here

Topic: Canadas Food Safety and Labeling Requirements 
When: May 14, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
Video coming soon

Topic: Traditional Plant Restoration and Innovation 
When: May 19, 2020 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
View the recording here

Topic: Doing Business in the Canadian Retail Market 
When: May 21, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Register here

Topic: Connecting Lenders with Vendors & Utilizing Financing Options 
When: May 26, 2020 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
Register here

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