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USDA Announces Sign-Up for Updated Conservation Stewardship Program; Deadline Is May 10

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in FY 2019. The program provides many benefits including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased resilience to weather extremes.

St. Croix Abattoir Now Open; DOA to Offer Bags of Free Mulch

The Department of Agriculture (DOA) will announce collection and shipment dates for livestock farmers and others in the St. Thomas-St. John District who may require slaughtering services. DOA will also be distributing bagged mulch donated by Arthur Joseph of 3G Consulting.

NRCS Accepting Applications for Conservation Innovation Grants

Up to $300,000 in 2019 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are available to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in the Caribbean area.

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.

Lawaetz Award for Senepol Cattle Research Given to UVI’s Robert Godfrey

The Senepol Cattle Breeders Association has awarded the Fritz E. Lawaetz Award to Robert Godfrey, Ph.D., director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Professor of Animal Science at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Rural Energy for America Offering Loans/Grants for Renewable Energy Systems, Efficiency Improvement

The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

Governor Congratulates Senepol Cattle Breeders on 100th Anniversary

In 1918, Bromley Nelthropp began this new breed of cattle by crossing the N’Dama cattle, originally from Senegal, West Africa, with the Red Poll breed from England, resulting in animals that were heat tolerant, insect resistant, docile, high milk-producing and very good beef.

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