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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Agriculture

V.I. Developmental Disabilities Council Receives Rural Economic Development Innovation Technical Assistance

Joel Baxley, acting assistant to the secretary for rural development, recently announced the names of 47 rural communities and regions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, that will receive technical assistance to help create and implement long-term economic development plans.

USDA, Local Partners to Conduct Census of Agriculture in Territory

The census provides the most widely used statistics in the agriculture industry. It is the leading source of statistics about the USVI's agricultural production and the only source of comprehensive, comparable data at the island level.

Nelson to Host Medical Cannabis Conference

Commissioner of Agriculture Positive T.A. Nelson will hold a conference Saturday as the territory prepares for the rollout of medical marijuana. The Medical Cannabis Conference – CannaVal – will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Croix Educational Complex.

Conservation Service Opens 2020 Sign-up for Environmental Quality Incentives Program

This environmental incentives program is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

St. Croix Foundation, Coca-Cola Launch Farm-Tienda Project

The Farm-Tienda Project supports the agricultural sector on St. Croix by granting eligible farmers with a durable and movable “farm stand” for the expansion of their local businesses.

NRCS Remains Open During Partial Government Shutdown

During a government shutdown, agencies that receive mandatory funding or have funds appropriated in prior years that are carried forward can continue to serve customers using that money.

Green House Donates 40 Tomato Cages to School Agriculture Programs

District Director of Agriculture Velda Hendricks received the donation on Dec. 7 and began distributing the wire cages to schools within the district.

School Food Authority Nurtures Heathy Habits Through Farm to School Program

In partnership with Ridge to Reef Farm Hub, based on St. Croix, the School Food Authority exposed students to new ways to incorporate fresh, local produce into their daily meals.
Planters in Cruz Bay’s Franklin A. Powell, Sr. Park on St. John were filled with mulch created from hurricane vegetative debris.

Mulch Now Available for St. Croix Farmers and Residents

Double-chipped hurricane vegetative material, or mulch, is available for pick-up on St. Croix, once again, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Carlos Robles.

Partners in Agriculture to Give Away Free Breadfruit Trees on Sept. 29

Partners in Agriculture will be giving away free breadfruit trees between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Midre Cummings Park in Frederiksted.

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