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Beekeeper Roniel Allembert talks about bees in his observation hive. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Agriculture Department’s Applications for Beekeeping Training Due by Dec. 28

Intentionally designed to help bolster the bee population in the Virgin Islands, this program will train interested individuals on the basics of establishing a beekeeping colony.

Farmers and Others Invited to Virtual 3-Day Produce Safety Alliance Training

Growers and other interested persons should register for this free training by Nov. 27. Participation in the entire training is required in order to receive a certificate.
Delita Burroughs contemplates which pie to take home. (Linda Morland photo)

Agriculture and Food Fair Postponed Until May 2021

The rescheduled date for 50th anniversary of Agrifest is Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31, 2021.

USDA-NRCS Seeks New Partnerships to Protect, Restore Wetland Ecosystems

Restored wetlands help improve water quality downstream, enhance wildlife habitat, reduce impacts from flooding and provide recreational benefits.

USDA-NRCS Awards $8.5M in Conservation Assistance to Caribbean Farmers in 2020

In FY 2020, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continued working in partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the Caribbean Area (PR and USVI) despite hardships from earthquakes to COVID-19 to tropical storms.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Plaskett Announces $778,000 in Federal Grants for V.I. Farmers

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), chair of the Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee, released the following statement announcing over $778,000 in federal grants for U.S. Virgin Islands farmers and agriculture community.

Agriculture Warns of Increased Threat of Disease to Livestock During Wet Weather

Wet and muddy pens and pastures put animals at risk for many health problems. Commissioner Nelson recommends that all farmers fix leaky roofs and improve drainage in and around animal pens
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Federal Government Grants UVI Over $170,000

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), released the following statement regarding a $170,964.00 grant for the University of the Virgin Islands.

NRCS Opens Sign-up Period for FY 2021 Environmental Quality Incentives Program for Farmers

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Congresswoman Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for Farmers

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett made the following statement regarding the second round of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2.0).

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