Did you know that 34% of New Mexico farmers are women? This Monday, in celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, we are posting our second in a series about women making huge contributions to New Mexico’s agriculture industry. 
Erica Valdez ranches in the southwest corner of the state on her family’s cow calf ranch alongside her husband Bobby, daughter Danli and mom Amanda. Below are a few words from Erica.
“I’m a 3rd generation rancher and it feels like a privilege to be raising the 4th generation in the footsteps of my mom and grandmother. Aside from day-to-day ranch work, I’ve also worked for 10 years for IMI Global, a third-party beef verification program. Bobby and I are working hard to fulfill my mom’s dream of raising and training top quality ranch and rodeo horses through JO Bar Quarter Horses. When I’m not working, I’m busy hauling my daughter up and down the rodeo road. I love ranching, and riding and training horses.  I feel honored to be able to live and work in an industry that respects a woman’s role on a family run ranch, no matter how diverse that role is or how different it looks at each ranch.”