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FEMA allocates $24.6 million for agricultural education, other projects

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced on Monday an allocation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of $24.6 million to promote the development of agricultural education and to finance school nutrition programs, Head Start and various other items for municipalities and state agencies.

Inter-American University in Barranquitas will receive $500,000 to boost the development of education in food and agricultural sciences for teachers and professional educators.

The grant invests in K-12 teacher training while supporting student learning on food and agriculture. The funds were awarded following an application process by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA also announced an estimated $4 million in rebates available to Puerto Rico under school nutrition programs. The island could benefit from those funds to defray additional costs for the current school year.

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