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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Agriculture

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Communities

The USDA is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents. The grants are being provided through USDA’s Housing Preservation Grant program.

USDA Service Centers Taking Precautionary Measures to Prevent Coronavirus

While the program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, the staff will be working with producers by phone and using online tools whenever possible.

Agricultural Producers Urged to Visit Website Farmers.gov for Information

Agricultural producers should visit www.farmers.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on available services and the latest status of service centers impacted by these locally-specific health measures.
From left: USDA-NRCS Caribbean Programs Specialist Manuel Rios; Virgin Islands Conservation District inductee Hans Lawaetz; NACD President Brent Van Dyke, and Suroeste Conservation District inductee, José B. Ramírez. (USDA-NRCS photo)

NRCS State Technical Committee to Meet in Puerto Rico and St. Croix

The morning’s agenda will focus on 2018 Farm Bill overview and updates, hurricane recovery efforts under the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP), and updates from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Caribbean Divisions, and federal and territorial partners.

Plaskett Hosts Congressional Committee Chairman, Representatives at Agrifest

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett released a statement after hosting members of Congress from the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on St. Croix for the 49th annual Agriculture and Food Fair.

Agrifest to Feature Interactive Play & Learn Tent for Kids

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands invite children and families to visit the Play & Learn Tent at the Agricultural and Food Fair, Feb. 15-17.

Clean Sweep to Plant Seeds for More Local Produce in Frederiksted

On Jan. 21, Clean Sweep Frederiksted will launch the Urban Garden Workforce Development program, a free program that promises to teach participants the fundamentals of urban gardening and farming.

NRCS Caribbean Area Names Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo as New Director

Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo joined the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Caribbean Area as its new director on Oct. 28.

Congresswoman Announces USDA Grant for Cattle Research in Territory

The grant is in the amount of $149,877. This grant will be used to rebuild animal handling facilities at the University of the Virgin Islands Beef Cattle Research Facility.

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.

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