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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.

USDA-NRCS to Host Webinar on Conservation Innovation Grant Applications, Water Quality Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) will host a webinar for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands conservation partners to provide information on current grant funding opportunities, the federal application process, budget allowability and review process.

NRCS: Up to $500,000 Available for Innovative Conservation Projects in PR and USVI

These grants do not fund research projects. Applications are requested from eligible government agencies, non-governmental organizations or individuals in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and they will be awarded on a competitive basis.

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.

CBCC Hosts Residential Composting Workshop in Coral Bay

Composting uses the natural process of decay to convert kitchen waste into nitrogen rich material that can be spread in gardens to turbo-charge plant growth.

USDA-Rural Development Opens Application Process for Renewal Energy Pilot Program

There are continued plans in moving the territory towards being fully solar-powered, and this program can help the situation in many ways.

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.

USDA Revises Federal Order Suspending Interstate Movement of Swine Products From USVI, PR

The revised federal order, effective immediately, outlines mitigations that will allow certain products to move to the mainland, while continuing to provide the necessary protections against African swine fever.

Plaskett Reacts to USDA Order to Allow Interstate Movement of Swine Products From VI and PR

“As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I am happy to announce that effective today certain swine products and byproducts are now permitted for interstate travel from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to the mainland United States."

NRCS Extends FY 2022 Application Cutoff for Conservation Stewardship Program to Dec. 31

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land.

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