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Farmers Can Apply for Conservation Stewardship Program Aid by July 16

Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands farmers should apply by July 16 for 2021 Conservation Stewardship Program funding if he/she wants to earn payments to expand conservation activities on a farm or is an organic farmer who is transitioning to organic farming.
Agriculture Commissioner Positive T.A. Nelson criticized abusive farming practices during Tuesday’s Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

VI Agricultural Plan Taskforce to Increase Food Productivity in the Territory

It is critical that the taskforce receive input from the public, especially those engaged in the agriculture industry.

Representatives Plaskett, Adams, Fortenberry Introduce Bill to Expand Farm to School Program

The bill expands participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Grant Program to preschools, after-school programs and summer food service sites, and increases annual mandatory funding.
Lewis Petersen of the UVI Cooperative Extension Service explained the AgDiscovery summer program for middle school and high school students. (Source photo by Gal Karlsson)

2021 AgDiscovery Summer Enrichment Program Applications Now Available

Students in grades 7 – 12 are eligible to apply by visiting the University of the Virgin Islands website. There are no registration fees.

Agriculture Department Alerts Livestock and Horse Owners to Prepare for Dry Weather

Commissioner Positive T. A. Nelson is encouraging livestock farmers to take swift action to ensure that food and water are available for their animals during dry weather.

National Woodland Owner Survey Being Mailed to V.I. Landowners With Forests

The survey is a periodic survey conducted throughout the U.S. that aims to understand how many private forest landowners there are and why they own forested or wooded land.

VIDA Postpones Agriculture and Food Fair USVI Until 2022

There will be a recognition and celebration of the fair’s 50th anniversary celebration next year.

World Central Kitchen Provides Latest Round of Support for Food Producers in V.I.

Food Producer Network grants are used to fund extraordinary capital investments, such as in tractors, ice machines, walk-in freezers, irrigation systems, engines and other similar equipment or infrastructure.

SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline

The program has helped millions of small businesses, including non-profit organizations, sole proprietors and independent contractors.

USDA-NRCS Seeks New Partnerships to Protect, Restore Wetland Ecosystems

Restored wetlands help improve water quality downstream, enhance wildlife habitat, reduce impacts from flooding and provide recreational benefits.

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