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UVI taking Applications for Retreat to Ignite Spark of Agro-Business Ownership in USVI Youth

U.S. Virgin Islands teens and young adults interested in agricultural entrepreneurship are invited to apply to join a unique weekend retreat co-sponsored by the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) School of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service. 

Elevate Island Wellness Dispensary to Sell Cannabis Products, Grand Opening Set for Jan. 11

Elevate Island is committed to providing high-quality, hand-selected cannabis products to all residents and tourists of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

STX County Farm Service Agency Releases Election Results for County Committee

Michelle Thurland-Martinez of St. Croix was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) No. 1.

CFVI Announces 2022 Recipient of Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund Award

The Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund has chosen Christian Torres-Santana from Puerto Rico to receive this year's award.

UVI School of Agriculture Invites Community to Annual 4-H Christmas Ornament Festival

The annual 4-H Christmas Ornament Festival is called "Unmask the Holiday Spirit" and will be held on Dec. 11.

USVI Sends Students to National Future Farmers of America Convention in Indiana

Among the 69,000 + young people, the Virgin Islands had a contingent of 18 FFA students, six chaperones, stand-alone alumni member Kirk Lewis, and Assistant Commissioner from the V.I. Department of Education Victor Somme III.

Ridge to Reef Farm to Hold Slow Down Dinners on Oct. 29 and Nov. 12; Senepol Exhibit to Open Oct. 29

The first Slow Down Dinner will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at Ridge to Reef Farm (R2R) (Creque Dam Road) hosted by Nate Olive.

St. Croix Farmers in Action to Hold 6th Annual Crucian Coconut Festival in December

St. Croix Farmers in Action to Hold 6th Annual Crucian Coconut Festival in December

SBA, USDA and FDIC Join to Provide Business, Communities With Economic Expertise

The no-cost series features experts in the lending industry, federal government, community partners and stakeholders. The series is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the Great Hall on Albert A. Sheen Campus

Plaskett Travels With Delegation to Denmark for Information on Sustainable Agriculture, Global Food Challenges

Congresswoman Plaskett, a member of the House Ways and Means, Budget and Agriculture committees released the following statement after traveling, as part of a congressional delegation, to Denmark.

Plaskett Chairs Agriculture Subcommittee Hearing on USDA Hemp Production Program

Congresswoman Tracy Plaskett, a member of the House Ways and Means, Budget and Agriculture Committees, released the following statement after chairing a Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research (BHR) hearing entitled “An Examination of the USDA Hemp Production Program.

Agriculture Alerts Public to Severity of Drought Conditions Dominating Territory

Both St John and St Croix are listed as a D3 (SL) which is both short and long term, which means that there are major crop losses, widespread water shortages, and vegetation is severely distressed.

Plaskett Hosts Members of House Agriculture Committee at 50th Annual Ag Fair

Over Memorial Day weekend, Congresswoman Plaskett, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, hosted her congressional colleagues, Agriculture Committee Vice Chair Alma Adams of N.C.’s 12th District and Congressman Salud Carbajal of California’s 24th District.

Agriculture Announces Division Closures in Preparation for 50th Agri-Fest

Divisions to be closed include the abattoir and the nursery; the Market has been temporarily re-located and the veterinary division has limited availability.

Agriculture Continues Disease Surveillance of All Swine and Chicken Farms in USVI

In response to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in pigs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti in 2021, every effort is being made to keep the disease out of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States.

USDA Investing $19.8M in USVI/ PR Watershed Infrastructure Projects to Benefit Rural Areas

These projects include rehabilitating dams, flood prevention and watershed restoration projects, and they are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Farm Service Agency to Give Disaster Assistance for 2022 Livestock Forage Losses

County committees can only accept Livestock Forage Disaster Program applications after notification is received by the National Office of qualifying drought.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Updates Drought Report for Virgin Islands

Beneficial rains were observed across the local islands during the month of February. As a result, drought improvements were observed across portions of the local islands.

St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Informs Public of USDA Small Business 201 Workshop

This workshop is the second in the series of USDA’s efforts to support and showcase procurement opportunities to rural, minority, women’s, veterans’ and other small businesses.

National Association of Conservation Districts Awards Hans Lawaetz for Distinguished Service

This award recognizes someone who has made significant contributions to the conservation of natural resources. Hans Lawaetz has been a conservation leader for more than 50 years.
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