Farmers and fishers in the U.S. Virgin Islands will have an opportunity to receive updates on the findings from the Food Processing Plant Feasibility Study and get advice on best practices for their businesses and personal well-being as entrepreneurs at a Farmers and Fishers Business Conference in March.
This conference, hosted by the Enterprise Zone Commission, which is an entity of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA), in partnership with the Virgin Islands Departments of Planning and Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on St. Croix and St. Thomas.
The conference is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Farmers or fishers, or individuals who are interested in the farming and fishing industries, are invited to register and attend.
St. Croix: Tuesday, March 3, at University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall, Albert A. Sheen Campus, Kingshill, St. Croix
St. Thomas: Thursday, March 5, at University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, 2nd floor, VIP Room, No. 2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas
Industry experts and leaders from the public and private sectors will lead breakout sessions on topics that relate to farmers’ and fishers’ personal well-being, such as health, insurance and estate planning. Attendees will also learn how to increase their profits; ensure food safety for public consumption; maintain business records; apply for business tax incentives, funding and license renewal; and much more.
Registration forms for the Farmers and Fishers Business Conference can be obtained on St. Thomas from the offices of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority, 8000 Nisky Shopping Center, 2nd Fl, Suite No. 620, St. Thomas, VI 00802 (phone 340-714-1700); the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Charles W. Turnbull Library, 4607 Tutu Park Mall, St. Thomas, VI 00802 (phone 340-774-3320); or the V.I. Department of Agriculture, No. 7944 Estate Dorothea, St. Thomas, USVI 00802 (phone 340-774-5182).
On St. Croix, registration forms can be obtained from the VIEDA office at No. 116 King St. in Frederiksted (phone 340-773-6499); the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, 45 Estate Mars Hill, St. Croix, USVI 00820 (phone 340-773-1082); or at the V.I. Department of Agriculture at No. 1 Estate Lower Love, Kingshill, St. Croix, USVI 00850 (phone 340-778-0997).
To learn more, contact Shaylah Anthony, programs and grants compliance officer, Enterprise Zone Commission, at 340-714-1700, ext. 1813.