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NMC-CREES Conducts Survey on CNMI Agriculture (July 26, 2013)

The Northern Marianas College Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service’s (NMC-CREES) is conducting a survey for local farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals in order to gather information regarding agriculture in the CNMI.

The objective of the survey is to help NMC-CREES determine discussion topics and issues for an upcoming conference on sustainable agricultural infrastructure in Pacific islands being served by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).

The conference will be hosted by the USDA-NIFA Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Western SARE) program, which is a competitive grants program that funds research and education projects in nine Western states, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the CNMI.

“The results of the survey will be used to prioritize theme topics, which focus on Pacific island clients, for the conference agenda,” said Allan C. Sabaldica, Professional Development Program SARE Coordinator for the CNMI. “It’s basically a needs assessment survey.”

Sabaldica added “The results will also be useful information for the USDA-NIFA Western SARE as they continue to assist the islands develop a thriving agricultural industry by providing technical guidance and possibly grants.”

Local farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals are highly encouraged to take the survey no later than September 5, 2013. Surveys may be picked up at the NMC-CREES offices in Saipan, Tinian or Rota, or downloaded online from Completed surveys may be dropped off to an NMC-CREES office, or faxed to NMC-CREES at 234-0054.

For more information, contact Pedro Deleon Guerrero at 234-5498 ext. 6840.

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