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4-H Youth Council represents American Samoa at the 2024 National 4-H Youth Conference

May 15, 2024

The American Samoa 4-H Youth Council represented American Samoa in the 2024 National 4-H Conference held in Washington, D.C. from April 19-24th. The National 4-H Conference is an annual premier civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the United States and serves as a centerpiece for 4-H promotion and development of civic engagement among youth.


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Progressive Agriculture Foundation Safety Coordinator Spotlight: Amio Mavaega-Luvu

May 7, 2024

Danger knows no borders, but safety doesn't either. Since 2006, Amio Mavaega-Luvu has brought youth safety training to communities across American Samoa by hosting Progressive Agriculture Safety Days (PAF Safety Days) 73 times.


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EFNEP Agent Aliimau Petaia talks agriculture and nutrition with Charlestown Elementary students

May 6, 2024

EFNEP Agent Aliimau Petaia recently visited Mrs. Kidd's kindergarten class at Charlestown Elementary in the northeast region of Maryland following her attendance at the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. 


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New taro variety developed at ASCC-ACNR

January  26, 2024

American Samoa’s loss of all traditional taro varieties in the 1990s due to taro leaf blight disease has necessitated the need for taro crop improvement.  Taro, the staple food crop of American Samoa, is subjected to changing climate, soil, pest and disease conditions. Production and evaluation of new taro varieties is important to identify varieties with acceptable eating quality and tolerances to heat, salinity, pests and diseases.

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Fa'asao Marist High School 4-H Club

4-H Charter Club established at Fa'asao Marist High School

November 8, 2023

The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) – Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Division 4-H Program celebrated the establishment of the Fa’asaō-Marist High School (FMHS) 4-H Charter Club with an induction ceremony for its student members on October 25th. The FMHS 4-H Charter Club is the second 4-H High School Charter Club in American Samoa and will focus on providing opportunities for FMHS students to learn about agriscience while developing skills to create sustainable community change.

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ASCC-ACNR's Daniel Helsham selected as SARE Fellow

October 27, 2023

The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) – Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Division’s Media Specialist, Daniel Helsham, has been selected by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program as a member of its SARE Fellows program, representing the Western region, from 2024-2026. Helsham is the first Samoan/ Pacific Islander SARE fellow and the first to be selected from any of the US Pacific territories.

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ASCC-ACNR & ASEPA host three-day pesticide training

October 24, 2023

The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) - Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Division’s Agriculture Extension Program (AEP) in partnership with the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) hosted a three day training conducted by collaborative efforts of Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Arizona (UA) Extension Programs. The training provided a comprehensive overview of pesticide safety and workers protection.

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New interactive tool enables assessment of sea-level rise in American Samoa

September 25, 2023

The American Samoa Relative Sea Level Rise Viewer is a new interactive tool that will allow stakeholders to assess the local vulnerability to sea-level rise. 

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STEP-UP students present research at 2023 STEP-UP Symposium

August 9, 2023

Four high school student participants in the STEP-UP program presented the results of their studies at the 14th Annual STEP-UP Symposium held at the American Samoa Community College – Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Division on July 29, 2023 and will now be traveling to the mainland to present their research.

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ASCC-ACNR hosts workshop addressing concern over childhood obesity

April 14, 2023

In late March, the Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) division of the American Samoa Community College hosted a special workshop to address the ongoing concern of childhood obesity in American Samoa.

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ASCC-ACNR hosts Food Safety Training conducted by the University of Idaho

March 10, 2023

Representatives from several local government departments along with staff from the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) – Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Division completed a Food Safety Training conducted by the University of Idaho (U of I) and hosted by ASCC-ACNR. The three-day training focused on enhancing food safety in American Samoa and is part of the University of Idaho’s “Customized Food Safety Education Strategy for Hard-to-Reach Audiences in the Western Pacific Islands” project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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