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WASHINGTON — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday announced that it is accepting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program grants to help provide educational and medical services in rural areas. The DLT program helps fund distance learning and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) is applying for a $100 million loan from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to help fund numerous projects that are going on right  now. The loan is a ‘soft loan’ with interest of 1.57%, and there is a $3 million...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At least two local farmers have joined the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce in lobbying the US Agriculture Department to include bananas on the list of specialty crops covered under the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which assists “commercial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce has requested more information from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on how to include local produce — such as taro and bananas — as allowable products for funding under federal COVID-19 funds, as local farmers were impacted...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A professor at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines has taken issue with a US government study warning against the use of coconut oil, pointing out that a “recent study on Samoans, demonstrated that a coconut diet gives healthier outcomes than a western...