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Source: CoBank news release

New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom (NMAITC), the educational outreach program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Foundation, has received a donation of $5,000 from CoBank on behalf of Michael W. Marley, a member of the cooperative bank's board of directors. The contribution will help NMAITC to grow agricultural literacy across the state.

CoBank is a $152 billion cooperative bank serving agriculture and other vital industries across rural America. The contribution is part of the bank's corporate citizenship program which, in 2019, provided more than $11.3 million in aid to charitable organizations throughout the country. As part of the program, CoBank allows its employees and board members to direct bank donations to their choice of non-profit organizations and programs, benefitting local communities where its employees and directors live and work.

"The funding from CoBank and Mr. Marley is truly appreciated. With the onset of COVID-19, more people now understand the importance of safe, affordable and reliable food systems. Many also need educational resources to better understand how these processes and systems work. CoBank's support allows NMAITC to enhance its outreach and provide much needed free resources to students, teachers and families," said Traci Curry, NMAITC Director.

"CoBank understands how important agriculture is to each state, the U.S. and the world," said Marley. "By supporting the educational programming provided by NMAITC, we are making an important investment in the future of agriculture. I am proud to be part of an organization that stands behind its commitment to agriculture and its mission of service to rural America."

New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom is the educational outreach program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Foundation. The purpose of NMAITC is to educate the general public, with an emphasis on K-12 students and educators, about the importance of agriculture. Website:

New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau is a 20,000-member organization comprised of farmers and ranchers, and those who are interested in private property rights and a local food supply. NMF&LB is the state's largest, private agricultural organization and was founded in 1917. For information about NMF&LB, please call 575-532-4703 or visit

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