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Agriculture

USDA-WHIP Announces Natural Disaster Recovery Assistance for Farmers

Through the new Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP), eligible crops, trees, bushes or vines located in a county declared in a Presidential Emergency Disaster Declaration as a ‘primary county’ are eligible for assistance if the producer suffered a loss as a result of a 2017 hurricane or wildfire.

Democrats Appoint Plaskett to Conference Committee on 2018 Farm Bill

I look forward to being a part of the diverse House Democratic conferees who will bring the strength of our values and wide-ranging expertise to the work of crafting a bipartisan Farm Bill that honors our responsibility to the farmers and people of the Virgin Islands.”

Farmers Rebuild After Caribbean Hurricanes

This is the story of one farmer, Charles Leonard, who survived the hurricanes of 2017. He has 170 fruit trees that he raises on a few acres on St. Thomas and was one of the first farmers to get a lease to farm on the island.
Fresh local produce is sold at the Jackson Farm stand on St. Croix (Bill Kossler photo)

DOA Launches ‘Fresh From the Farm’ Radio Talk Shows

These radio talk shows have been created to promote sustainable agriculture, marketing and the competitiveness of specialty crops in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Homeowners Urged to Seek Help for Bat Removal; Protection of Mastiff Bats Is Imperative

Each bat eats enormous amounts of insects, including mosquitos that carry dengue and zika, and plays an important role in pest control. They are no threat to humans.
The mulch, made from hurricane vegetative debris, does not appear to have any non-organic waste in it.

VIWMA Informs Community Free Clean Mulch Is Available

The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise Team advises the community that clean mulch is available at no charge at the Anguilla...

Mulch Now Available for Pick-up in St. Thomas-St. John District

Chipped vegetative hurricane debris is now available for pick-up in the Estate Bordeaux farming community, just north of the bus turnaround, on St. Thomas.

Mulch Available for Pick-up at Susannaberg Transfer Station

Residents must bring their own truck, shovels and other necessary equipment for pick-up.

DOE’s Special Nutrition Program to Make Fresh Produce Available to Elementary Schools

All public elementary schools in the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix districts are encouraged to apply. Applications can be picked up or emailed beginning Wednesday, May 2.

VIDOA and UVI-CES Join to Offer Free Workshops for Arborists

The Forestry Division of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service are hosting a series of free educational seminars for tree care professionals and other interested persons.

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STT-STJ AG FAIR -- on St. Thomas, connecting farmers and the fruits of their labors with the
public. Bordeaux Farms Pavillion provided the venue, although the traditional host, University of the Virgin Islands, is eager for a reunion.
The AG FAIR is an opportunity for shoppers to pick up meats and veggies for the Thanksgiving table. Chef Ashley Allen staged a turkey carving demonstration, followed by a turkey tasting.
An appreciative crowd formed an audience for a dance troupe and tips on composting, plus a contest to see who could quickly light a coalpot.
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