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Outreach & Advocacy

A team of NRCS scientists (Soil Scientists and Biologists) from Puerto Rico, New York and Mississippi held an outreach activity with kids at the Hogar Infantil Jesus Nazareno in Isabela, PR, on Jan. 3rd. Their goal was to provide the kids with entertaining conservation education and to bring them muThe 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.

Outreach Summary: Fiscal Year 2019

In Fiscal Year 2019, we provided Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) to over 11,000 clients and partners, and media outreach to over 1.5 million residents through over 750 separate activities and contacts. Over 95% of the financial assistance distributed was provided to beginning, limited-resource and/or socially-disadvantaged farmers, and 13% of our FY 2019 Farm Bill participants were women, 4% were black, and 92% were Hispanic.

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, Twitter, and personal contacts. A breakdown of our activities includes:

  • 637 Personal Contacts
  • 17 Trainings & Workshops
  • 55 Public/Informational Meetings
  • 31 Newsletters, Brochures & Factsheets
  • 45 Newspaper & Newsletter Articles
  • 42 Conference & Fair Exhibits & Presentations
  • 3 Job / Career Fair Presentations reaching over 190 individuals
  • 98 Public Notice Mailings & e-Blasts to over 3,250 recipients
  • 469 Social Media Notices & Announcements reaching over 7,200 clients and partners
  • 137 Newspaper, 660 radio and 200 television ads for EQIP 2020 sign-up reaching an estimated audience of over 1 million people.

Resource Conservationist Ismael Matos speaks about organic transition to Toa Alta farmers; Corozal Soil Con Christian Vargas describes soil health practices in Toa Alta; Luquillo  attendees participate in hands-on demonstrations; Plants Specialist Edwin Más shows use of handmade tools to set contour

Recent Outreach Activities in the Caribbean Area

"The Caribbean" NRCS Caribbean Area Newsletter

  • March - April 2020 (English, Spanish) - program signups, national funding opportunities, virtual/ online assistance & tools, and more!
  • January - February 2020 (English, Spanish) - COVID19 office status, State Technical Committee, Outreach activities, USDA grants & more!
  • November - December 2019 (English, Spanish) - 12 Gifts of conservation, PR Tree Nursery Sourcebook, World Soil Day, Community outreach and more!
  • September - October 2019 (English, Spanish) - New Director, CIG Awardees, shade coffee & Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership, RCPP, Community outreach and more!
  • July - August 2019 (English, Spanish) - Farmer & Partner outreach, Joint Chiefs Restoration Partnership, Juana Díaz Special Irrigation Project, USDA grants and more!

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