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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019. 10:44 am CST.

By BBN Staff: On May 30, farmers in the Vaca Forest Reserve area met with research students from the University of Tennessee who had been conducting extensive research on the water, tilapia and soil testing in the area.

The students are accompanied by Professor and Associate Dean of the University of Tennessee, John Stiere.

Stiere told BBN that the funding for the research was made possible through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

“The program is to educate students on conducting research and extension for conservation agriculture that will benefit the people that live here. The project is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (NIFA) grant, specifically to enhance the agricultural work force. We do that through teaching students how to do agriculture research and extension activities,” Stiere explained.

Stiere thanked the FCD, the Forestry Department and the farmers in the area for their collaboration in their research and education.

Stiere says that this is the 3rd and final year of the project since the grant has expired.

An organic crop specialist is scheduled to arrive in Belize next month to meet with farmers and hold sessions on best practices for farming with organic fertilizers.

The students are collaborating with FCD and farmers in the area.

 

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