Partners in Puerto Rico Celebrate Conservationist Farmers of the Year during Earth Week 2013 - NEW!
• Organic Initiative Deadline Extended to May 15, 2013! (English |
Spanish; PDF, 153 KB) - NEW!
• NRCS "The Caribbean" Newsletter -
March 2013 issue (PDF, 819 KB) - NEW!
• Shade-grown Coffee Protects Puerto
Rico Bay Coral Reefs
Corals in the Caribbean: USVI Coral Reef Initiative Update (PDF,
• NRCS & UPR Release
Guide to Common Weeds of Puerto Rico & the USVI
• NRCS Caribbean Area Releases its
Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Accomplishments Report (PDF; 1.3 MB)
• Shade Coffee Factsheet (PDF, 385 KB);
Hoja Informative de Café Sombra (PDF, 367 KB)
NRCS Caribbean Area (CB) re-announces the availability of
the 2013 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to
stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation
approaches and technologies. Applications will be accepted from Puerto
Rico and US Virgin Islands and will be awarded on a competitive basis. NRCS-CB will have approximately $120,000 available to be distributed
among selected projects, and the maximum award amount for any project
will not exceed $30,000. Applications will be accepted from eligible
government agencies, non-governmental organizations or individuals for
projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. Of particular interest are
applications for innovative demonstration partnerships on energy
conservation, nutrient management, soil health, wildlife habitat, coral
reef ecosystem protection/enhancement,
adaptive management and outreach.
the complete request for proposals HERE (PDF, 165 KB).
Applications must be received by NRCS-CB before COB
4:30 p.m. on May 31, 2013.
..More Info on CIG FY13
NRCS Caribbean Area celebrates National
Volunteer Week from April 21 – 27, 2013 by thanking and honoring its
Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. NRCS State Conservationist, Edwin Almodóvar, said Earth Team
volunteers are making an environmental impact in the Caribbean Area.
Last year 38 volunteers donated 3,834 hours. "That’s worth $85,534.86 of
benefit to our customers and the taxpayers," said Almodóvar.
impressive numbers, and we are grateful for the help, but we also
recognize much more conservation work needs to be done."
San Sebastian Celebrates Earth Day &
National Volunteer Week 2013
..More Info on
National Volunteer Week and Earth Team (en
On February 28, 2013, the first NRCS People’s
Garden in the Caribbean Area was officially inaugurated at the Tropical Agriculture Research
Station (TARS) in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. The Mayagüez People's Garden is a collaborative effort
between NRCS, UPR Mayagüez, TARS, the UPR Agricultural Experiment
Station, UPR Cooperative Extension Service, UPR Sea Grant, the Oeste
Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Casa Belén, and Mayagüezanos
Pro Salud y Ambiente. Project partners donated all the materials and
supplies (plants, compost, etc.) to build this beautiful garden. We congratulate our NRCS
Mayagüez Field Office, Ecological
Sciences and Soil Sciences Division employees for putting together an
extraordinary event with our partners and co-workers.
..More Info on NRCS Caribbean
If you believe that USDA improperly denied farm loan benefits to you
between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic, or because you are
female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.
Completed Claims must be submitted by May 1, 2013.
For more information visit
www.farmerclaims.gov or call
..More Info on HWFR Claims
Many farmers don’t realize that most USDA conservation programs are
open for sign-up at any time, continuously, not just for a few weeks
each year. Most programs offered by the USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) are open year-round for applications.
Contact your local NRCS office now to avoid the late rush.
..More Info on Conservation Programs
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