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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, October 1, 2022


DOA Reminds Livestock Farmers of Increased Threat of Disease During Wet Season

Commissioner Positive T. A. Nelson recommends that all farmers fix leaky roofs and improve drainage in and around animal pens during the rainy season to reduce standing water, mud and wet manure

USVI Department of Agriculture Seeking Farmers to Participate in Capacity Building Program

As food security remains at the forefront of global sustainability initiatives, the V.I. Department of Agriculture is following suit by selecting farmers to participate in growing territory capacity.

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.

Plaskett Hosts Members of House Agriculture Committee at 50th Annual Ag Fair

Over Memorial Day weekend, Congresswoman Plaskett, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, hosted her congressional colleagues, Agriculture Committee Vice Chair Alma Adams of N.C.’s 12th District and Congressman Salud Carbajal of California’s 24th District.

Agriculture Continues Disease Surveillance of All Swine and Chicken Farms in USVI

In response to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in pigs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti in 2021, every effort is being made to keep the disease out of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States.

USDA Investing $19.8M in USVI/ PR Watershed Infrastructure Projects to Benefit Rural Areas

These projects include rehabilitating dams, flood prevention and watershed restoration projects, and they are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Farm Service Agency to Give Disaster Assistance for 2022 Livestock Forage Losses

County committees can only accept Livestock Forage Disaster Program applications after notification is received by the National Office of qualifying drought.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Updates Drought Report for Virgin Islands

Beneficial rains were observed across the local islands during the month of February. As a result, drought improvements were observed across portions of the local islands.

St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Informs Public of USDA Small Business 201 Workshop

This workshop is the second in the series of USDA’s efforts to support and showcase procurement opportunities to rural, minority, women’s, veterans’ and other small businesses.

National Association of Conservation Districts Awards Hans Lawaetz for Distinguished Service

This award recognizes someone who has made significant contributions to the conservation of natural resources. Hans Lawaetz has been a conservation leader for more than 50 years.

NRCS Urges Farmers and Forest Landowners to Apply for Forestry, Wildlife Funds

Applying conservation practices on private lands will benefit native plants and wildlife, and it will provide farmers and forest landowners with ecosystem services like pest control, soil fertility and clean water.

USDA Invests $58.4 Million to Support Local Businesses, Jobs in Florida and USVI

Across Florida and the Virgin Islands, USDA has invested in 19 projects: $57,384,078 in loans and $1,099,998 in grants.

World Central Kitchen Names Nine V.I. Recipients of 4th Round of Grants

The funds will be used by program participants to finance capital improvements such as building chicken coops, upgrading food packing facilities, installing irrigation systems., and much more.

USDA Invests $50 Million to Improve Conservation Programs, Address Climate Change

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is investing $50 million in 118 partnerships to expand access to conservation assistance for climate-smart agriculture and forestry, including four projects targeting the PR and the USVI.

NRCS Delivers Conservation Assistance, Healthier Natural Resources to Caribbean Area Farmers in 2021

In 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) continued a proud tradition of working in partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

Caribbean Climate Assessment Workshop Set for Jan. 19

The Caribbean chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment will host a virtual workshop on Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to gather participants’ thoughts on the climate change issues that are most important to the U.S. Caribbean region.

Agriculture Alerts Public of Swine Disease in DR, Urges Travelers to Be Vigilant

APHIS The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is confident that its many existing preventative measures and mitigations, along with the protection zone, will protect the livestock industry from swine flu and ensure the continued export of U.S. pork.
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