The Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Caribbean Area is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all our customers, fairly and equitably, with emphasis on reaching beginning, underserved and socially-disadvantaged farmers and landowners. We develop our policies and programs to allow full participation by underserved individuals and groups. We also identify and address potential barriers that could prevent our underserved customers from full participation in our programs.
In Fiscal Year 2013, we provided Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) to over 6,740 clients and media outreach to over 150,000 residents through over 1,230 separate activities and contacts. Approximately 67.5% of the financial assistance distributed was provided to beginning, limited-resource and/or socially-disadvantaged farmers and 15% of our FY2013 Farm Bill participants were women.
Technical assistance and outreach was provided to clients this year through training workshops, onsite investigations and evaluations, conservation plans, technical consultations, advisory committees, newspaper and newsletter articles, radio appearances, conference presentations, public meetings, informational mailings and email blasts, outreach publications (factsheets, brochures, reports), posters and exhibits, the NRCS Caribbean Area website and Facebook page, Twitter, and personal contacts. A breakdown of our activities includes: