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Clean Sweep to Plant Seeds for More Local Produce in Frederiksted

On Jan. 21, Clean Sweep Frederiksted will launch the Urban Garden Workforce Development program, a free program that promises to teach participants the fundamentals of urban gardening and farming.

NRCS Caribbean Area Names Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo as New Director

Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo joined the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Caribbean Area as its new director on Oct. 28.

Congresswoman Announces USDA Grant for Cattle Research in Territory

The grant is in the amount of $149,877. This grant will be used to rebuild animal handling facilities at the University of the Virgin Islands Beef Cattle Research Facility.

Agriculture Warns of Increased Threat of Disease to Livestock During Wet Weather

Wet and muddy pens and pastures put animals at risk for many health problems.

Rural Development USVI Accepting Applications for Renewable Energy Systems

The Rural Energy for America Program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the nation’s critical energy needs.

V.I. Developmental Disabilities Council Receives Rural Economic Development Innovation Technical Assistance

Joel Baxley, acting assistant to the secretary for rural development, recently announced the names of 47 rural communities and regions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, that will receive technical assistance to help create and implement long-term economic development plans.

USDA, Local Partners to Conduct Census of Agriculture in Territory

The census provides the most widely used statistics in the agriculture industry. It is the leading source of statistics about the USVI's agricultural production and the only source of comprehensive, comparable data at the island level.

Nelson to Host Medical Cannabis Conference

Commissioner of Agriculture Positive T.A. Nelson will hold a conference Saturday as the territory prepares for the rollout of medical marijuana. The Medical Cannabis Conference – CannaVal – will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Croix Educational Complex.

Conservation Service Opens 2020 Sign-up for Environmental Quality Incentives Program

This environmental incentives program is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

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.

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