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Neat lines of produce are planted at Ridge to Reef Farm. (Photo courtesy of Ridge to Reef Farm Director Nate Olive)

V.I. Agriculture Department Offers COVID-19 Farmer Stimulus Program

This economic impact payment is designed to support farmers as they continue to supply the local economy with fresh local produce at locations such as markets, school lunch programs, hospitals, senior citizen facilities, etc.

World Central Kitchen Offers Free Business Workshops for Food Producers

Starting Oct. 15, food producers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and The Bahamas will have the opportunity to take free business workshops on Zoom with the Food Business Bootcamp, presented by World Central Kitchen.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Plaskett Announces $778,000 in Federal Grants for V.I. Farmers

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), chair of the Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee, released the following statement announcing over $778,000 in federal grants for U.S. Virgin Islands farmers and agriculture community.

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. Commissioner Nelson recommends that all farmers fix leaky roofs and improve drainage in and around animal pens
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Federal Government Grants UVI Over $170,000

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), released the following statement regarding a $170,964.00 grant for the University of the Virgin Islands.

NRCS Opens Sign-up Period for FY 2021 Environmental Quality Incentives Program for Farmers

EQIP 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.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Congresswoman Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for Farmers

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett made the following statement regarding the second round of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2.0).
Hills are turning brown all over St. Thomas under drought conditions (sap photo)

USDA Designates V.I. Part of Drought Monitor, V.I. Eligible for Livestock Forage Disaster Program

This became extremely important when the U.S. Virgin Islands experienced a drought beginning in April that has not abated and continues with minimal relief.

USDA-NRCS Offers Help to PR, USVI Communities With an Emergency Watershed Protection Program

NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to local Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands municipalities and agencies to relieve imminent threats to life and property.

National Integrated Drought Information System Gives Update for USVI

Drought conditions are expected to improve across the islands through September after near-record dryness in April through June.

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