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Department of Agriculture Closes Down Abattoir for Major Maintenance Until Further Notice

the present concern discovered poses a serious hazard to employees. As the health and well-being of the employees come first, the Department of Agriculture must do everything in its power to ensure their protection.

Yacht Haven Grande Reinstates Monthly Farmer’s Market

Yacht Haven Grande facility manager announced the return of the monthly farmer's market beginning in April which will feature open pit barbecues, handmade crafts and jewelry, as well as locally made soaps, scrubs, and candles.

STT-STJ Seventh-day Adventist School Trail Blazers FFA Chapter Receives ‘Living to Serve Grant’

The St. Thomas / St. John SDA School Trail Blazers Future Farmers of America plan to address two broad areas of community need: community engagement, and health and nutrition.

USDA Awards VIDA $2.7 Million Grant to Improve Local Agriculture Infrastructure

The USVI has been awarded $2.7 million by the US Department of Agriculture's American Marketing Service Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program to build two commercial kitchens in the territory and engage the underprivileged population in sustainable agricultural practices.

Plaskett Shares Info on USDA Discrimination, Financial Assistance, Deadline for Farmers

 “The Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program, authorized by Congress through the Inflation Reduction Act, which is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who may have experienced discrimination in farm lending programs prior to Jan. 1, 2021.

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.

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.

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.

USDA Announces Cooperative Agreements for Compost and Food Waste Reduction

Eligible entities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are encouraged to apply by June 15.

USDA Seeking Applications to Expand Conservation Assistance to Underserved Producers

USDA-NRCS is offering up to $70 million in cooperative agreements with entities for two-year projects that encourage participation in NRCS programs, especially in underserved communities and among urban and small-scale producers.

Business Conference Planned for March 17: ‘Path to Prosperity’ on UVI St. Croix Campus

This event will provide useful information, tools and resources for small businesses and for attendees an opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions intended to create economic progress.

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,

V.I. Farmers Alliance to Hold Research Outreach Farm Field Day on February 25

There will be an open vegetable market, a farm tour of New Breed Farm, and a presentation detailing the research that has took place over the last three years on four local farms.

Viya to Celebrate 51st Agrifest; Offices to Close Commemorating Presidents Day

Viya offices on St. Croix will be closed on Saturday, Feb. 18, and customers are encouraged to visit Viya’s pop-up location at Agrifest.

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.

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