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December 22, 2020, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The VI Department of Agriculture (VIDA) will hold a Public Hemp Commission Meeting, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at 1:00 P.M.

The media and the public are invited to attend.

The meeting will be attended by Hemp Commission members from VIDA, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA), UVI President, and Virgin Islands Farmers and Retailers of Hemp. The meeting will be held to review an application for Hemp Licensure that was submitted by Crucian Hemp Farms LLLP, and a decision will be made on the issuance of the Virgin Islands’ first Commercial Hemp Grower License and Hemp Seed Distributer Permit.

To access the meeting click on the following link Click here to join the meetinghttps://bit.ly/2WDDCAi )

For more information call Deputy Commissioner Hannah Carty, at (340) 774-5182 or email VIDA directly at info.doa@doa.vi.gov.

THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR GOVERNMENT HOUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact
Richard Motta Jr.
340-474-2399
www.vi.gov
richard.mottajr@go.vi.gov

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December 21, 2020, US Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) is announcing the opening of the St. Croix Market at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24, 2020) from 5:00 am – 3:00 pm.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get in some last-minute Holiday shopping!” says Commissioner of Agriculture, Positive T. A. Nelson. The Virgin Islands Farmer’s Markets offer a wide-range of local items to make your holiday meal special including fresh produce; value-added items such as jams/jellies, oils, sauces, and spices; homemade bread and pastries; local cuisine and breakfast favorites; arts and crafts; jewelry; and apparel.

All visitors, employees, and staff of the Markets are required to follow all locally mandated COVID-19 guidelines. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

For more information, please call our Marketing team at (340) 778-0993 or email info.doa@doa.vi.gov . Don’t forget to check out our website at doa.vi.gov !

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Beekeeping Application Information

INTRODUCTION (application link at the bottom of the page)

The Bee population has decreased in the US Virgin Islands since the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This reduction indelibly threatens the specialty crop industry in the US Virgin Islands – in that less bees equates to less pollination, which equals to less food. Pollination is the movement of pollen from the anthers (male parts of a flower) to the stigmas (female part of a flower). The pollen fertilizes the eggs of a plant, producing the seed that will form the new plant. Therefore, Bees are not only essential, but inherent to agriculture.

 

OBJECTIVE

The Objective of this program will be to solely to enhance the competitiveness of local fruit and vegetable production in the US Virgin Islands through increase  pollination capacity.

 

GOAL

The US Virgin Island Department of Agriculture is seeking to institute a series of seminars to teach how to establish a Bee Keeping Colony. Upon successful completion of the seminar, Participants will acquire a complete starter bee keeping kit. The aim here is to increase the number of beekeepers  to enhance the pollinating process of crops in the Virgin Islands.

 

EXPECTED OUTCOME/RESULTS

Solely enhance the competitiveness of US territory grown specialty crops by using Pollination to improve crop production of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and forage crops.

 

ELIGIBLILITY CRITERIA

Prospective Participants should have (but not required)following minimum requirements to be eligible to participate in this program:

  • Must submit a completed Request for Application by deadline date.
  • Property for prospective Bee Colony should be within two miles of a crop producing entity.

 

APPLICATION DUE DATE :     DECEMBER 28, 2020

All applications are due by 11:59 PM AST via:

  • Hand submission – Agriculture Department (both on St. Croix and St. Thomas) or
  • Email – grants@doa.vi.gov.

REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS

All applications will  undergo a competitive Review Process to select the prospective participants for the Beekeeping program. That is, each application will be scored based upon a point and rank system – evaluated by a panel of 3 members, who are not associated with the VI Department of Agriculture. 30 applications (15 for St. Croix and 15 for St. Thomas/St. John) with the highest scores will be selected for the program. Individuals with a Farmer’s License and requisite Harvest Reports (for past two years) will be given priority.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information about the Establishment of a Bee Colony Project, please contact Billy Abraham at (340)778-0993 or Email – info.doa@doa.vi.gov.

BENEFITS

Upon completion of the Beekeeping Seminar, the participant will be issued a beginner’s Beekeeping kit and a Certification of Completion.

APPLY HERE!

November 27, 2020, US Virgin Islands – Beginning Friday, November 27, 2020 the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) will be accepting applications for its NEW Beekeeping Training Program. 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 quintessential to the production of food, and an increase in the number of individuals engaged in beekeeping will enhance crop pollination and may help improve production yields and the market competitiveness of specialty crops and other flowering plants in the US Virgin Islands.

Individuals interested in this program will need to submit a “Beekeeping Training Application” via hand delivery to the Marketing Division in our VIDA Offices or via email at: grants@doa.vi.gov by December 28, 2020 at 11:59pm AST.

For more information or to view a copy of this application, please visit our website at doa.vi.gov/bee-central . All other questions about this application can be submitted to info.doa@doa.vi.gov or can be answered via phone at (340) 778-0997.

APPLY HERE!

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