Farm Bureau Minute

NMF&LB names Chad Smith as CEO

New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau has named Chad Smith as their Chief Executive Officer. Currently serving as the organization’s Director of Government Affairs and Regional Director for central New Mexico, Smith has worked for NMF&LB for four years.

“We are excited to have Chad at the helm,” says Mike White, NMFLB’s President. “He understands the issues faced by New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers and appreciates how their success ensures a successful future for our state’s rural areas.”

Smith is replacing Matt Rush who will step down March 1 to fulfill his life long dream of becoming an international motivational speaker and trainer. In November, Rush was named to the first class of certified Zig Ziglar trainers and will also speaking to agricultural groups throughout the country. Under Rush’s leadership the organizational set membership records, created multiple new programs and was awarded several honors by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Rush said, “For the past three years it has been an absolute honor to serve as CEO of this incredible organization. New Mexico agriculture is second to none!”

“This is an excellent opportunity and I am honored to serve the agricultural community in my new role. I look forward to building on our past achievements  while growing our organization,” said Smith.

New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau is a 18,000 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 joining us please call  505/321-9648. n