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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, December 10, 2023


Agriculture and Food Fair Now Accepting Applications for 2024 Beekeeper of the Year

The Beekeeper of the Year is determined by the total points accumulated from a panel of judges, and judging is based on a set of criteria.

52nd Agriculture and Food Fair Competition to Choose 2024 Livestock Farmer of the Year

The Livestock Farmer of the Year is determined by the total points accumulated from a panel of judges, and judging is based on a set of criteria.

Sion Farm Distillery Produces Puerto Rican Reserve Mutiny Island Vodka From PR Breadfruit

This homegrown island spirit was created to help support Puerto Rican agriculture and incentivize farmers to plant breadfruit to create food security, local jobs and benefits for the environment.

The Legacy of Oscar E. Henry Continues at UVI’s School of Agriculture

The initiative continues a decades-long relationship between the university and the Henry family and involves the use and management of livestock and agricultural resources located on the family estate in LaGrange, Frederiksted, St. Croix.

V.I. Department of Agriculture, USDA Farm Service Agency Inform Farmers of Drought Assistance

FSA is moving expeditiously to make payments available to all approved farmers.

Plaskett Announces USVI Inclusion in Monthly and Seasonal Operational Drought Outlooks

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett shares the following statement on the inclusion of the Virgin Islands in the Climate Prediction Center Operational Drought Outlooks.

We Grow Food Inc. Plans Solarization and Refrigeration System Project at Bordeaux Farmers Market

It is We Grow Food Inc.’s goal to have the Bordeaux Farmers Market completely self-sustainable in the very near future.

Future Farmers of America Give Vertical Planter Growing System to STT-STJ Seventh-day Adventist School Trail Blazers

Students from the St. Thomas-St. John Seventh-day Adventist School Trail Blazers Future Farmers of America organization have received a vertical planter growing system. This was one of seven vertical planter systems complete with wheels for easy mobility, given to residents of the Celestino White Senior Residence Facility.

Inflation Reduction Act Funds for Climate-Smart Agriculture Available for Caribbean Farmers

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is making over $3.2 million in fiscal year 2023 funds available for oversubscribed conservation programs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,

Fish and Wildlife to Celebrate Exotic Pet Amnesty Week, Offers Free Permits and Microchips

"Fish and Wildlife continues to encourage the public to register their exotic animals free of charge and legally possess them in a responsible manner,”

AARP Applauds Passage of Bill to Appropriate Funds for the V.I. Agricultural Plan

AARP in The Virgin Islands advocated for funding to support the local farming industry in the Virgin Islands, in particular the Agricultural Plan.

UVI taking Applications for Retreat to Ignite Spark of Agro-Business Ownership in USVI Youth

U.S. Virgin Islands teens and young adults interested in agricultural entrepreneurship are invited to apply to join a unique weekend retreat co-sponsored by the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) School of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service. 

Elevate Island Wellness Dispensary to Sell Cannabis Products, Grand Opening Set for Jan. 11

Elevate Island is committed to providing high-quality, hand-selected cannabis products to all residents and tourists of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CFVI Announces 2022 Recipient of Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund Award

The Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund has chosen Christian Torres-Santana from Puerto Rico to receive this year's award.

STT-STJ Seventh-day Adventist School FFA Chapter Receives Grant

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

USVI Sends Students to National Future Farmers of America Convention in Indiana

Among the 69,000 + young people, the Virgin Islands had a contingent of 18 FFA students, six chaperones, stand-alone alumni member Kirk Lewis, and Assistant Commissioner from the V.I. Department of Education Victor Somme III.

SBA, USDA and FDIC Join to Provide Business, Communities With Economic Expertise

The no-cost series features experts in the lending industry, federal government, community partners and stakeholders. The series is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the Great Hall on Albert A. Sheen Campus

Plaskett Travels With Delegation to Denmark for Information on Sustainable Agriculture, Global Food Challenges

Congresswoman Plaskett, a member of the House Ways and Means, Budget and Agriculture committees released the following statement after traveling, as part of a congressional delegation, to Denmark.

Plaskett Chairs Agriculture Subcommittee Hearing on USDA Hemp Production Program

Congresswoman Tracy Plaskett, a member of the House Ways and Means, Budget and Agriculture Committees, released the following statement after chairing a Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research (BHR) hearing entitled “An Examination of the USDA Hemp Production Program.

Agriculture Alerts Public to Severity of Drought Conditions Dominating Territory

Both St John and St Croix are listed as a D3 (SL) which is both short and long term, which means that there are major crop losses, widespread water shortages, and vegetation is severely distressed.



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