- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State University and other organizations will be sharing in federal funding that will help farmers and ranchers market their products and make them more competitive.

More than $538,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go toward organizations that work to bolster economic opportunities for family farmers and support rural communities.

One of the groups, Delicious New Mexico, will receive $100,000 to provide outreach, marketing, training and technical assistance to improve and expand the Espanola Food Hub.

The Pinyon Foundation in Santa Fe will receive another $100,000 to produce and implement Spanish language multimedia campaigns to promote farmers’ markets nationwide.

Five other groups will also receive grants.

Under a separate initiative, nearly $500,000 will go to NMSU to help organic livestock and crop producers to be more competitive.

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