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Rural Development USVI Accepting Applications for Renewable Energy Systems

The Rural Energy for America Program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the nation’s critical energy needs.

Community Forest and Open Space Program Requests Applications

Local governments and qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller.

V.I. Developmental Disabilities Council Receives Rural Economic Development Innovation Technical Assistance

Joel Baxley, acting assistant to the secretary for rural development, recently announced the names of 47 rural communities and regions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, that will receive technical assistance to help create and implement long-term economic development plans.

USDA, Local Partners to Conduct Census of Agriculture in Territory

The census provides the most widely used statistics in the agriculture industry. It is the leading source of statistics about the USVI's agricultural production and the only source of comprehensive, comparable data at the island level.
Positive T.A. Nelson is sworn in as agriculture commissioner in March. (File photo)

Nelson to Host Medical Cannabis Conference

Commissioner of Agriculture Positive T.A. Nelson will hold a conference Saturday as the territory prepares for the rollout of medical marijuana. The Medical Cannabis Conference – CannaVal – will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Croix Educational Complex.

Conservation Service Opens 2020 Sign-up for Environmental Quality Incentives Program

This environmental incentives program is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

NRCS Remains Open During Partial Government Shutdown

During a government shutdown, agencies that receive mandatory funding or have funds appropriated in prior years that are carried forward can continue to serve customers using that money.

School Food Authority Nurtures Heathy Habits Through Farm to School Program

In partnership with Ridge to Reef Farm Hub, based on St. Croix, the School Food Authority exposed students to new ways to incorporate fresh, local produce into their daily meals.

USDA Awards $50,000 to USVIEDA Incubator Program to Purchase Generator

Sydney Spence Gruters, the state director for U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Rural Development in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Applications Available for RUS Disaster Grants for Drinking Water Systems, Sewer/Solid Waste Disposal Systems

$163,475,000 is available for repairs to drinking water systems as well as sewer and solid waste disposal systems that were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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