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.
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.
County committees can only accept Livestock Forage Disaster Program applications after notification is received by the National Office of qualifying drought.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are continued plans in moving the territory towards being fully solar-powered, and this program can help the situation in many ways.
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.
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.
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.
Across Florida and the Virgin Islands, USDA has invested in 19 projects: $57,384,078 in loans and $1,099,998 in 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
“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."
The Conservation Stewardship Program helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land.