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NRCS Extends FY 2022 Application Cutoff for Conservation Stewardship Program to Dec. 31

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land.

Department of Agriculture Applications Available for $5,000 Micro-Grant Food Security Project

Individual farmers backyard gardeners, federally-funded Head Start, elementary, middle, high school and youth detention center gardening clubs and programs all qualify to apply.

‘Plant a Seed Contest’ Awards Prizes to Children, Ages 5 – 17

The awards ceremony celebrated the 250 plus students from various schools on St. Thomas and St. John who participated.

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.

Sign Up Now for Conservation Programs to Benefit Soil, Water, Plants and Animals

USDA--NRCS offers voluntary conservation programs to help Caribbean area farmers and landowners secure cleaner water and air, healthier soil and enhanced wildlife habitat while maintaining a vibrant agricultural business.

Progress Continues on Territory-Wide Agricultural Plan Task Force

Importation of food not only leaves the territory susceptible to shortages, but it impacts freshness and nutritional value and increases transportation costs and pollution.

Commentary: Legislators, Be an Example and Protect St. Croix’s Prime Farmland

I was informed that there are discussions among some legislators who are thinking about exchanging prime government agricultural farmlands with other lands to allow a development to move forward. Act 6836 forbids the use of prime government agricultural lands for non-agricultural uses.

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.”

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.

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.

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