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Thursday, June 1, 2023


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.

STT-STJ Seventh-day Adventist School FFA Chapter Receives Grant

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

USVI Sends Students to National Future Farmers of America Convention in Indiana

Among the 69,000 + young people, the Virgin Islands had a contingent of 18 FFA students, six chaperones, stand-alone alumni member Kirk Lewis, and Assistant Commissioner from the V.I. Department of Education Victor Somme III.

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.


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