ALCALDE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico organizations are receiving federal grants to help disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

New Mexico State University's Alcalde program is getting $400,000 for outreach and technical assistance to help socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to own and operate farms and ranches.

Taos County Economic Development Corp. will receive $275,000 for programs that promote, sustain and improve small family farms and ranches.

The New Mexico Acequia Association has been awarded $250,000 to support statewide outreach, education and technical assistance to Hispanic farmers and ranchers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants were announced by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

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