A bipartisan pair of rural legislators are seeking an appropriation that would support restoring vineyards across New Mexico
Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:
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Senator Crystal Diamond and Representative Candie Sweetser are pushing for legislation to appropriate $2 million to New Mexico State university for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to fund and provide feedstock for the production of wine by New Mexico wineries.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture reported that the New Mexico Wine and Grape Growers’ Association drafted a plan titled “Replanting Our Roots, New Mexico Vineyard Restoration Act” wherein it proposes a program to help restore lost acreage, replant and restore 400 acres of vineyards over the next two years with a $2 million investment. This equates to 400 thousand new vines in the ground by 2024.
Tiffany Rivera, Director of Government Affairs, with the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau spoke in support of the legislation:
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For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Jason Espinoza