Sydney Spence Gruters, the state director for U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Rural Development in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Grant applications are available from the ARC offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix, V.I. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Cooperative Extension Services (CES) of the University of the Virgin Islands, and USDA Farm Service Agency.
“I hope that all residents will take advantage of the mulch to increase crop productivity and enhance the landscapes around their homes.”
ProTouch Communications LLC has donated 20 packets of vegetable and seasoning plant seeds to the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Division of Agriculture.
Commissioner Carlos Robles has announced that the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Division is seeking to recruit a total of 13 farmers, six in each district and one on St. John to participate in the Farm to Hospital (FTH) Program.
Applications Available for RUS Disaster Grants for Drinking Water Systems, Sewer/Solid Waste Disposal Systems
$163,475,000 is available for repairs to drinking water systems as well as sewer and solid waste disposal systems that were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
The Senepol Cattle Breeders Association has awarded the Fritz E. Lawaetz Award to Robert Godfrey, Ph.D., director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Professor of Animal Science at the University of the Virgin Islands.
The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
In 1918, Bromley Nelthropp began this new breed of cattle by crossing the N’Dama cattle, originally from Senegal, West Africa, with the Red Poll breed from England, resulting in animals that were heat tolerant, insect resistant, docile, high milk-producing and very good beef.
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.