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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)

Territory’s Farmers Are Skeptical of Promised Federal COVID-19 Relief

Farmers in the territory have been told that to apply for the assistance from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program they must go to their local Farm Service Agency office, but only one such office exists in the territory.
Allen Stewart volunteers at the VIFA booth during Agrifest 2020. (Photo submitted by VIFA President Nate Olive)

V.I. Farmers Unite to Fight for a Voice

A group of the territory’s farmers have created the Virgin Islands Farmers Alliance to fight for their voice amid big agriculture and local government, but they say they need the public’s help.

Farming in the Pandemic is a Growing Concern

Crops, farming and agriculture are perhaps not the first things people associate with the pandemic that has swept the globe, but for farmers like Shelli Brin the novel coronavirus has changed everything about farming.

Agrifest Opens Saturday with Awarding Farmer of Year

The 49th annual Agrifest kicked off Saturday with the presentation of the farmer of the year awards. Eddie Russell was named Livestock Farmer of the Year; the Crop Farmer of the Year award went to Grantley Samuel.

Plaskett Hosts Farm Tour on St. Thomas

Approximately 25 agriculture professionals came from all over the U.S. to offer advice and resources to local farmers Tuesday, while visiting farms and fisheries in the territory as part of Delegate Stacey Plaskett’s Virgin Islands Farm Tour.
Sen. Novelle Francis speaks to various bills during the Rules and Judiciary Committee meeting held on Aug. 26, 2018. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

V.I. May Require Businesses to Take Credit Cards

Senators on the Rules and Judiciary Committee started their Monday meeting with six bills on the agenda, and when it was over, all six had been forwarded on to the full Senate.

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