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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.

USDA-NRCS Caribbean Area Partners for Conservation Funding Opportunity Is Posted

“We see positive impacts when we work with our conservation partners to deliver conservation education and assistance to our clients,” said Luis Cruz-Arroyo, NRCS Caribbean Area director.

World Central Kitchen Explains Process to Apply for $5,000 to $20,000 in Funding

World Central Kitchen provides financial support through grants to small- and medium-sized food producers such as farmers, fishers, processors and distributors of local food products.

USDA Extends Application Deadlines for 2021 Conservation Program Funding

(NRCS) has extended the application deadlines for conservation and easement programs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands until April 30.

World Central Kitchen Offers Funding Up to $20,000 to VI Food Producers

Applicants have the opportunity to qualify for a grant of up to $20,000 to grow their businesses as well as their roles as sustainable contributors to their community’s food resilience.

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.

USDA-NRCS Announces Caribbean Partners for Conservation Funding Opportunity

Natural Resources Conservation Service anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2021 will be up to $450,000.

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.

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