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New grants available for agriculture infrastructure

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The New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association (NMFMA) and the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) are overseeing a new grant fund set to distribute more than $200,000 to local farmers and ranchers for agriculture infrastructure projects.

According to a press release from the organizations, the new infrastructure grant fund is a continuation of NMFMA’s 2020 COVID-19 Local Food Supply Chain Fund launched to address disruptions to food and agricultural systems caused by the pandemic. During 2020, $442,000 was distributed to 60 producers and 45 collaborative projects.

This new phase of funding will address the shortage of financial resources available to small and mid-size farm and ranch operations for infrastructure, including cold storage and irrigation needs. The goal is to help individual New Mexico producers recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and ultimately be able to access more market opportunities, the press release states.

Grant applications have a March 17 deadline for submission. New Mexico producers can obtain a copy of the grant application in English or Spanish at: NewMexicoFMA.org, lasacequias.org, by emailing sarahg@farmersmarketsnm.org, or by calling 505-983-4010 x2.

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