department agriculture – Indice Rural Fri, 18 Mar 2022 20:57:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 department agriculture – Indice Rural 32 32 USDA opens technical assistance grant round to support rural community facilities Fri, 18 Mar 2022 09:49:50 +0000 In the past, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez campus has been among the entities that have received this type of grant to help disadvantaged rural communities. (Credit: FEMA/Eduardo Martínez).

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications through May 23 to provide funding to help rural communities expand their ability to access financial resources to support the construction or upgrade of essential community facilities.

The funding is being made available through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program, said Luis R. García, acting state director for rural development for USDA in Puerto Rico.

The grants enable eligible public entities as well as private and nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help grantees identify and plan for community facility needs in their area. Once these needs have been identified, the beneficiary can seek additional public and private financial resources.

In the past, entities such as the Foundation for Puerto Rico, the Sila María Calderón Foundation, Pathstone Corporation, Centros Sor Isolina Ferre, and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus have received these types of grants to help disadvantage rural communities.

All paper applications must be postmarked and posted, shipped or sent overnight by 4 p.m. local time on May 26, 2022.

This story was written by our staff based on a press release.

New Michigan Office of Rural Development announces chief Thu, 17 Mar 2022 04:04:58 +0000 What is happening: Michigan’s Office of Rural Development was first announced earlier this year, the result of a Executive Directive that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released Jan. 4, 2022. Now the fledgling office has its head: Sarah Lucas, Michigan’s first deputy for rural development. Lucas was announced as an assistant on Tuesday March 15 and is officially set to start on Monday April 18.

A bit of context: the Rural Development Office operates within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), created to meet and advance the needs of rural communities throughout the state. The office will coordinate and facilitate rural development efforts and serve as a point of contact for community leaders on issues facing rural areas.

Target areas: As announced when it was created, the Rural Development Office will endeavor to work with Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on issues of economic development and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) on affordable housing issues. Additional focus areas include sustainability, environmental conservation, and green energy efforts; address population and demographic trends; education issues; expand access to high-speed Internet; and working with tribal leaders in Michigan.

“Through inclusive collaboration, we are committed to investing in our rural communities and businesses through job creation, infrastructure and housing expansion, and environmental sustainability,” said Gary McDowell, director of MDARD. “Sarah [Lucas] will focus on reinvigorating Michigan’s rural economies and be their partner on the critical issues they face.”

About Sarah: Lucas has spent the past 20 years in community and economic development in small communities and rural areas of Michigan, most recently serving as CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette County. She lives with her family in Marquette.

What they say : “Having spent most of her career in small towns and rural areas of Northwest Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, Sarah has a deep connection and understanding of the challenges facing our rural communities,” says McDowell. “His more than 20 years of passion and experience will serve the people of Michigan well.”

Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO Sarah Lucas Appointed Rural Development Assistant Tue, 15 Mar 2022 15:39:00 +0000

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Michigan (WLUC) – Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) CEO Sarah Lucas was recently appointed to the new Michigan State Office of Rural Development, effective April 18.

“While we are disappointed to see her leave the LSCP, we are delighted that Sarah is joining the Office of Rural Development, for which the LSCP has been a cheerleader in supporting its establishment,” said the board chairwoman. administration of the LSCP, Roxanne Daust. “This Department of State is extremely important to Upper Michigan, and we are thrilled to have a friend of the LSCP and the community lead the new department.”

In January, Governor Gretchen Whitmer created the Office of Rural Development within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) via Executive Directive 2022-01 to focus on the strategic needs of rural Michigan, including including economic and labor development, infrastructure, public health. , and environmental sustainability.

“I have spent my career working with and advocating for the causes of rural communities and I care deeply about the challenges and opportunities they face,” said Lucas. “I am honored to have this opportunity to use the knowledge and relationships I have built over the years to support rural Michigan through the Office of Rural Development, and I am excited to continue working with partners like the LSCP in this new role.”

As Deputy Rural Development, Lucas will serve as the state point of contact for community leaders on pressing rural issues.

“Having spent most of her career in small towns and rural areas of Northwest Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, Sarah has a deep connection and understanding of the challenges facing our rural communities. His more than 20 years of passion and experience will serve the Michiganders well,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Rural Michigan is a fundamental part of Michigan’s economy. This new office will play a crucial role in supporting MDARD’s efforts and leading new ones as we work together to build a more prosperous rural economy.

During his tenure as CEO of LSCP, Lucas spearheaded new community initiatives and led the implementation of the organization’s vision and strategy. To ensure continuity and continued momentum on all of the LSCP’s strategic priorities, Lois Ellis, Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (DAEDA), will serve as interim CEO while the position is filled. while continuing to serve in his current position. Ellis worked for the LSCP as Vice President for many years prior to her role in the Dickinson area. She works daily directly with LSCP staff as a key regional partner in economic development.

“With such an experienced team currently at LSCP, I am confident the transition will be smooth until the new CEO is hired,” Ellis said. “The community can continue to expect our team to continue to meet the county’s economic development needs.”

Lucas’ last day with the LSCP will be April 15, 2022. The board is currently looking for a replacement for the position.

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AP will use drone technology for agriculture Fri, 11 Mar 2022 18:34:00 +0000

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government has unveiled plans to introduce drone technology to the state’s agricultural sector.

Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu announced the state’s decision to use drone technology while presenting the budget for agriculture and related sectors to the assembly. He said the state government is planning to spend Rs 200 crore on drone technology to benefit farmers.

Drones would help farmers optimize the use of inputs like water, fertilizer and seeds, in spraying operations, in addition to spraying pesticides to control weeds, pests and fungi.

At present, drones are only put into use for spraying pesticides for the protection of plants against pests in a short time. The government intends to expand drone services for seeding and for liquid fertilizer application.

Drones would be used for crop scouting to help assess crop damage caused by natural disasters such as rains and floods, as well as to perform soil health analyses.

The state government intends to launch 10,000 drones in a phased manner in the Rythu Bharosa Kendras and provide training to rural youths on the maintenance and upkeep of these drones with the aim of creating jobs for nearly of 20,000 young people.

The Acharya NG Ranga University of Agriculture has been conducting research on drone technology under the “APSARA Project” since 2018-19 with budget support from the Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. It will provide technical support to the state department of agriculture to use drones in the agricultural sector.

South Africa: North West Agriculture and Rural Development hosts one-day careers expo for agricultural secondary schools Fri, 11 Mar 2022 12:29:39 +0000

Career exhibit evokes passion for agriculture among school students

The Agricultural Sector Education Training Authority (AgriSETA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, organized a one-day careers exhibition for agricultural secondary schools in the North- West to Taung Agricultural College. AgriSETA is an organization needed to develop skills in the agricultural sector so that learners can benefit from its activities. The aim of the event was to encourage young people to consider farming as a career, share the opportunities in the sector and teach them the ways they can make a living in the industry.

AgriSETA Marketing Manager, Mandy Rutgers, said in her speech to the approximately 400 learners that the skills development plan that emanates from the national development plan is prioritized by all SETAs through the sharing of scholarships, the development of skills and knowledge of careers in agriculture among young people, as they have the potential to take the sector to new heights.

The Noord-Wes Koporasie, MICTSETA, EW SETA, Citrus Academy, National Department of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development were among the exhibitors exhibiting and participating in the information sharing sessions that Tumiso Sempe (18 ) from a participant from Marubising Cokonyane Secondary School recognized the importance of.

“The exhibition was an eye-opening experience which gave me the opportunity to discover different careers in the agricultural sector. I am interested in pursuing studies in animal production or surveying at the University of Cape Town at the end of my license. These are careers I did not know before the exhibition and I am now aware of the immense contribution of each of them in the industry. My studies will also allow me to impart knowledge to our communities on many things when it comes to agriculture,” Tumiso said.

Tselaathuto Secondary School of Lower Majakgoro in Itireleng was one of many well-represented schools at Taung Agricultural College. The energized school learner Itumeleng Seeqela (19) expressed his gratitude for the efforts made by the exhibitors to answer in detail the learners’ questions about the different careers.

He said he learned a lot from the event. “My interest in being a veterinarian was mentioned because I have a great love for animals, especially rhinos which we know are an endangered species due to poaching. I also became aware because there are not so many black vets in the country, so I would like to follow this career path to show the young people in my village that it is possible to achieve everything we dream of as black people in South Africa,” said the twelfth (grade 12) student.