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Fish and Wildlife Announces Seasonal Closures for Certain Fish Species

The annual seasonal closure of vermilion, black, silk and back fin snapper to fishing will begin on Oct. 1 and…

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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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Crucian Team Attends Caribbean Culinary Conference in Barbados

Crucian competitors Kaylisha Jerris, Makayla Peterson and team captain Britany Stanislas attended the annual invitation-only Barbados Caribbean Junior Dueling Challenge and Culinary Conference.

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2014-08-27 13:18:32
Awards Dinner Recognizes Five Women Trailblazers

The V.I. Restore Hope Organization will host an Awards Recognition and Dinner, which will honor five Trailblazer Women from St. Croix who have greatly contributed to life in the Virgin Islands.

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2014-08-27 13:11:31
Miss Virgin Islands Competes for Miss America Title in Atlantic City

Ashley Gabriel, a 20-year-old who resides on St. Thomas, will be competing for the title of Miss America in a live broadcast to be held on Sunday, Sept. 14, on ABC.

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2014-08-27 12:20:39
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V.I. Eligible For Federal Farmers' Market Promotion

 For the first time, the U.S. Virgin Islands is eligible to participate in the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program, allowing the government and local organizations to apply for hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, according to the V.I. Agriculture Department.

“As a result of being eligible, local government agencies, farmers organizations, and non-profit corporations may apply for federal funding through the FMPP,” Agriculture Commissioner Louis Petersen said in a statement Friday.

The maximum grant awards are $100,000, which may be invested in direct marketing with support for advertising and marketing promotion, bringing local farm products into federal nutrition programs, equipment purchase, transportation and delivery, agri-tourism, waste management; green technologies, market start up and strategic planning.

The purpose of the Farmers' Market Promotion Program is to encourage the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer to consumer market opportunities. Until recently, only the 50 states and the District of Columbia were eligible to apply, according to the statement from Agriculture.

“This success marks the second such victory for the de Jongh/Francis Administration," Petersen said. The first was in 2008, when the territory became eligible to participate in the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, he said.

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“Considering our dire economic hardships, it is important that we continue to position our agency and the farming community to receive all available federal funding to supplement local resources for agricultural development,” Petersen said. "We look forward to continuing to provide additional opportunities for residents to explore agribusiness ventures as we focus on increasing entrepreneurial options and providing wholesome, nutritious foods for our citizens.”

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