Guam Agriculture Awarded $313,000 in New Federal Grants
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded more than $313,668 in new federal grants, of which the Guam Department of Agriculture will receive $242,726.02 and Farm to Table Guam will receive $70,942.00 for fiscal year 2018.
This new $242K grant will enable the Guam Department of Agriculture to help farmers better market and transport Guam-grown fresh fruits and produce, classified as “specialty crops” by the USDA. The nearly $71K USDA grant will enable Farm to Table Guam to help local farmers develop their business plans, including better supply chain management and new online order capability for direct-to-customer sales.
Congresswoman Bordallo strongly supports Guam farmers and has been encouraging the Farmer’s Cooperative Association of Guam to apply for USDA grant funding, such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program, to expand the farmer’s market in Dededo and promote sustainable agriculture on Guam.
“These federal grants support our local farmers and will help to increase sustainable agriculture on Guam, which means heathier food options and more money kept on island. With the new farmers’ market and more and more locally grown options, I hope Guam residents will take advantage of all the wonderful fresh fruit and produce our farmers have to offer. There is no reason to continue importing foodstuffs that we can grow right here on Guam,” said Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam).