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NMSU receives Kellogg, Thornburg Funds for Agricultural Resilience Study

Agriculture in New Mexico faces unprecedented challenges to the health of the industry.

An aging population of farmers and ranchers, increasing pressure on water and other natural resources, rising costs for land, energy, equipment and other production needs, unsustainable farmers’ and ranchers’ incomes, and complex regulations are some of the challenges the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture project is contemplating.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico First have joined forces to develop a strategic plan to help maintain a resilient New Mexico food and agricultural system.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded $100,000 and Thornburg Foundation, including contributions from the McCune Charitable Foundation, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and the Santa Fe Community Foundation, provided a total of $125,000 to NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service and New Mexico First to fund the multi-phased study.

“The Thornburg Foundation has recognized that the threats facing the economic, social and environmental resilience of agriculture in our state are large, complex and immediate,” said Micaela Fischer, Thornburg Foundation policy officer for food and agriculture. “They are also likely too far-reaching for any group, business or government agency to handle independently.”

Many of these threats, such as uncertain water and natural resource availability and low producer income, are not unique to New Mexico, and other states have bolstered their agricultural sector through common plans of action.

“We have entered the second phase of the study,” said project coordinator Michael Patrick, NMSU Extension economic development specialist. “We are creating a strategic plan for New Mexico to develop a more resilient agricultural system.”

After a regional listening session during the first phase of the project in 2015, NMSU and New Mexico First have compiled key facts and data on the state’s agricultural industry.

“Because New Mexico is so diverse in terms of its geography, culture and different agriculture practices, we really needed to listen to folks involved in agriculture across the state to really identify what are the real challenges that resonate with the different industries within agriculture and food production,” said Jon Boren, NMSU College of ACES associate dean and CES director. Boren expressed his thanks to the greater New Mexico agricultural community for all the help that was provided during this process.

“Now representatives from the various agricultural commodity industries across the state have come together to talk about the challenges that were identified during the listening sessions and what strategies we might be able to embrace to successfully move forward as an industry,” Boren said of the 35- to 40-member task force working on the strategic plan.

“The task force membership includes a wide array of different elements of the agriculture and food industries,” said Heather Balas, New Mexico First’s president and executive director. “They are working together to develop a platform of recommendations for both public sector and private sector leaders to strengthen agriculture to be sure we have a vibrant industry into the future.”

The task force is focusing on four areas: agriculture economic viability, next generation of farmers and ranchers, supply chain expansion and land and water issues.

Committees for each focus area are developing recommendations and strategies. The recommendations will identify the top priorities of the committee and set a high-level goal for the future.

Finally the strategies will be well-researched and NMSU and New Mexico First will provide a detailed action plan that gives enough guidance for others to take action. The plan will also provide steps by which the high-level recommendations can be achieved.

“It’s a very complicated process to develop some potential outcomes beyond what the industry has been able to do,” said task force member Bill Humphreys, a rancher from Quay County. “This will set a framework for the future that will be communicated to the decision makers and policy makers.”

A legislative memorial requesting endorsement and support for the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Task Force, sponsored by Rep. George Dodge Jr., D-District 63 – Curry, DeBaca, Guadalupe, Roosevelt and San Miguel counties, was approved by both houses during the 2017 legislative session.

House Memorial 27 is requesting a progress report of the strategic plan goals to the legislative finance committee and appropriate interim committees studying economic development, and water and natural resources issues by Oct. 1.

Author: Jane Moorman – NMSU

Socorro ISD awarded $800,000 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant for WIN Academy

The Socorro Independent School District has been awarded a prestigious W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to support its innovative WIN Academy, which creates conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success – a mission shared by the Kellogg Foundation.

The grant for $800,000, which runs through September 2019, will assist Team SISD to meet its goal of closing the achievement gap by increasing the capacity of teachers and the implementation of a personalized learning platform.

The WIN Academy is a one-of-a-kind program that was implemented through the vision and leadership of SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza last school year.

Dr. Espinoza used his firsthand experience as a vulnerable child to develop an education system that helps all children to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential now and in the future. As he researched best practices for improving student academic outcomes, he found that Jaime Escalante’s legendary teaching approach featured in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver mirrored his own educational philosophy, high expectations, and vision of excellence.

SISD awarded 800000 WK Kellogg Foundation3“As the superintendent of Socorro Independent School District, my goal is to follow Escalante’s footsteps by putting a non-traditional education system in place that provides our students with the support and resources they need to thrive emotionally and academically,” said Dr. Espinoza. “We are grateful and honored to receive the Kellogg Foundation grant that will further support our relentless efforts to ensure every student in Team SISD succeeds.”

The program started at 10 schools in SISD during the 2015-2016 school year and was expanded this school year to six more schools. Team SISD already has seen success in WIN Academy student performance, attendance, and confidence.

The WIN Academy ensures SISD students who struggle in a traditional education setting receive more learning time via nine-hour school days on Monday through Thursday with a double dose of reading and math, more resources including a digital device and digital curriculum, and more personalized learning with a teacher who loops with them for multiple years. WIN teachers, students, and parents have pledged to Work hard, have an “I can do it” attitude, and Never give up.

SISD leaders also have been invited to present and share WIN Academy best practices at state and national conferences. As educators become aware of this unique program, they are interested in learning more about its strategies, goals, and success.

“The reality is the one-size-fits-all traditional public education system does not meet the needs of all our students,” said Dr. Espinoza. “With the support of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and our entire community, I strongly believe our WIN Academy has the potential to significantly impact education reform not just in SISD but also nationwide.”

To learn more about the WIN Academy, visit www.sisd.net/WINAcademy

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States.

Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success.

WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org