Tag: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA)

Man Charged With Stealing Cell Phone, Violating Restraining Order At Agrifest

KINGSHILL — A St. Croix man was arrested after police said he stole a woman’s cell phone and violated a restraining order, according to documents filed in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Jovon Joseph was arrested and charged with contempt of court-domestic violence, the VIPD’s probable cause fact sheet states. He was held […]

St. Croix Farmers In Action Respond To Senator’s Finance Committee Remarks

Political meandering needs to be called out for what it is. Today I listened to the Finance Committee’s budget hearing for the Department of Agriculture. For a moment I was pleased with the strides that Commissioner Positive Nelson reported to have made during the last year at the Department of Agriculture. I am sure we […]

Department of Agriculture Office Closed Until Wednesday, Commissioner Says

KINGSHILL — The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture said that its office is closed through Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The office will reopen on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., according to according to VIDA Commissioner Terrence Nelson. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; and urge the public to please contact our […]

BLOWING SMOKE? Opportunity Zone’s 1st Business Is A Hemp Grower

FREDERIKSTED — Governor Albert Bryan congratulated the Virgin Islands Hemp Commission on its action to issue the first license to produce hemp in the territory after voting unanimously during a virtual meeting on Wednesday, December 23, and launching the Industrial Hemp Industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The Hemp Commission received and reviewed the applications from […]

Local Farmers Now Have A Database Online So You Can Find Out What They Have

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, within the first decade of a small business’s lifespan, there comes a time when financial survival looks bleak. For local farmers’ markets, that time seemed likely to occur in the spring of 2020 when public safety guidelines limited the number of customers in market locations. With 98 percent […]

Department of Agriculture Begins Accepting Beekeeping Training Applications

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) began accepting applications for its new Beekeeping Training Program on Friday. 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 and the benefits of beekeeping alongside crop production. Bees are […]

Agriculture Department Says Farmers Could Qualify For COVID-19 Stimulus Check

FREDERIKSTED — As a result of the economic crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) in conjunction with St. Croix Senator Allison DeGazon, has secured $100,000.00 to support local farmers. This economic impact payment is designed to support farmers as they continue to supply our local economy with fresh […]

Agriculture Has Steps Farmers Can Use To Reduce Their Losses In A Hurricane

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) is asking livestock farmers to prepare now to reduce disaster-related losses to their farms in the face of hurricane season. “Building on lessons learned from the hurricanes of 2017, it is critical that farmers take precautions now for the 2020 hurricane season today,” Commissioner Terrence Nelson […]

VIDA Given $715K To Fix Ancillary Facilities For Animal Slaughterhouse

FREDERIKSTED — The Office of Disaster Recovery announces that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $715,091 in funding to the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA). These funds will assist with repairs to animal pens, the veterinary building, and abattoir for damages caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. At this time, livestock is […]