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Bryan Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement for Department of Agriculture Employees

"The increased salaries for these and other positions will greatly assist the agency in meeting its staffing goals and improving the quality of life for the affected employees.”

Agricultural Plan Task Force to Seek Public Feedback at Hybrid Town Hall

The goal of the 2021 Territorial Agricultural Plan is to increase agricultural productivity in an effort to make food security and sovereignty not just labels and catch phrases but a true reflection of the reality of the lives of people.

USDA Announces First Sign-up Period for FY2022 Conservation Program Funds

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

UVI Offers Farming Community One-Day Training on Structural Pesticide Safety Sept. 24

The training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, Friday. They will be free and will take place on both campuses.

USDA to Invest $50 Million in New Cooperative Agreements for Racial Justice and Equity

The Racial Justice and Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements are available to entities and individuals for two-year projects that expand the delivery of conservation assistance to beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers.

World Central Kitchen Launches New Round of Grants for Food Production Projects in USVI

The program helps build resilient local food systems and strengthen food security through direct financial support to farmers, fishers and small food-related businesses.

St. Croix Filmmaker’s New Documentary Focuses on the Importance of Agriculture

St. Croix filmmaker Ramon Richardson recently released a documentary about the importance of agriculture on his home island.

Plaskett Gives Opening Statement at Hearing on Small Producers and Agricultural Markets

Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Stacey Plaskett delivered the following statement at Monday's hearing titled “Supply Chain Recovery and Resiliency: Small Producers and Local Agricultural Markets.”

Agriculture Gives Tips on Protecting Livestock, Horses From Hurricanes and Floods

Do not confine or tie animals during the storm because they can get trapped, injured or killed in the event of building collapse or flooding.

Secretary of Agriculture Declaration Makes SBA Economic Disaster Loans Available

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.

UVI Caribbean Green Technology, VIDA Recommend Voluntary Water Conservation

Drought conditions limit people’s ability to refill cisterns and ponds, and, although convenient, buying water is often an expensive proposition for families and farmers.

USDA to Assist Farmers During Drought With Livestock Forage Disaster Program

This designation qualifies the territory for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) through the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), which offers payments to eligible livestock producers and grazed forage crop acreage.

VI Agricultural Plan Taskforce to Increase Food Productivity in the Territory

It is critical that the taskforce receive input from the public, especially those engaged in the agriculture industry.

Representatives Plaskett, Adams, Fortenberry Introduce Bill to Expand Farm to School Program

The bill expands participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Grant Program to preschools, after-school programs and summer food service sites, and increases annual mandatory funding.

2021 AgDiscovery Summer Enrichment Program Applications Now Available

Students in grades 7 – 12 are eligible to apply by visiting the University of the Virgin Islands website. There are no registration fees.

Agriculture Department Alerts Livestock and Horse Owners to Prepare for Dry Weather

Commissioner Positive T. A. Nelson is encouraging livestock farmers to take swift action to ensure that food and water are available for their animals during dry weather.

National Woodland Owner Survey Being Mailed to V.I. Landowners With Forests

The survey is a periodic survey conducted throughout the U.S. that aims to understand how many private forest landowners there are and why they own forested or wooded land.

World Central Kitchen Provides Latest Round of Support for Food Producers in V.I.

Food Producer Network grants are used to fund extraordinary capital investments, such as in tractors, ice machines, walk-in freezers, irrigation systems, engines and other similar equipment or infrastructure.

USDA-NRCS Seeks New Partnerships to Protect, Restore Wetland Ecosystems

Restored wetlands help improve water quality downstream, enhance wildlife habitat, reduce impacts from flooding and provide recreational benefits.

USDA-NRCS Awards $8.5M in Conservation Assistance to Caribbean Farmers in 2020

In FY 2020, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continued working in partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the Caribbean Area (PR and USVI) despite hardships from earthquakes to COVID-19 to tropical storms.

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