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VIDA to Hold Sustainable Agricultural Development Town Hall Meetings

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture invites all farmers interested in Sustainable Agricultural Development to a town hall meeting to discuss and solicit project ideas from the farming community.

Update: Agriculture Alerts Farmers of Cluster of Bont Ticks Found in Estate Lower Love,...

The tropical bont tick, also called Amblyomma variegatum, feeds on horses, cattle, sheep and goats and has the potential to transmit fatal disease to these animals.
Agriculture Commissioner Positive T.A. Nelson criticized abusive farming practices during Tuesday’s Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

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.

USDA-NRCS Caribbean Area Partners for Conservation Funding Opportunity Is Posted

“We see positive impacts when we work with our conservation partners to deliver conservation education and assistance to our clients,” said Luis Cruz-Arroyo, NRCS Caribbean Area director.

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.
Lewis Petersen of the UVI Cooperative Extension Service explained the AgDiscovery summer program for middle school and high school students. (Source photo by Gal Karlsson)

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.

USDA-NRCS Announces Caribbean Partners for Conservation Funding Opportunity

Natural Resources Conservation Service anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2021 will be up to $450,000.

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.

VIDA Postpones Agriculture and Food Fair USVI Until 2022

There will be a recognition and celebration of the fair’s 50th anniversary celebration next year.

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