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CPAs’ agriculture conference to focus on ‘Re-Grow Puerto Rico’ program

CPA Oscar Cullen, president of the Certified Public Accountants Association

By John McPhaul

The Certified Public Accountants Association (CCPA by its Spanish initials) will hold, in person, the “1st Conference on Agriculture in Puerto Rico: Re-Grow Puerto Rico Urban and Rural Agriculture Program,” at the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort on Thursday starting at 1 p.m.

“The agricultural sector is one of great relevance for any country; and although many relate it only to planting, it includes much more,” CPA Oscar Cullen, president of the CCPA, said in a written statement. “As an organization, it is important for us to promote socio-economic development. That is why it is essential to support the agricultural business sector to recover from the damages caused by natural disasters and other circumstances that have affected it.”

“In this conference the ‘Re-Grow’ program will be discussed, including the opportunities it offers, the requirements and other details of interest to farmers and CPAs who advise them,” Cullen added. “The opportunities offered by the Economic Development Bank through the Small Business Financing (SBF) program, a program under CDBG-DR funds, will also be discussed.”

Among the topics to be discussed are the objectives of the Re-Grow program; activities and companies that qualify; the process for requesting funds from the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust; and required documents and information.

“The application review and evaluation process will also be detailed, [along with] the most frequently encountered difficulties and errors in applications and how to avoid them, the responsibilities of the grant recipient, the administration of funds received (“post award”), and the entities that also offer benefits from this program,” the CCPA president noted.

For additional information, those interested can visit or call 787-622-0900.

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