US Virgin Islands, May 03, 2022 – The Agricultural Plan Task Force will publicly unveil the highly anticipated territorial Agricultural Plan during a hybrid event on Monday, May 9 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. As required by Act 8404, the Agricultural Plan contains policy and funding recommendations to support and expand the local food system, to increase locally grown food production and to provide an avenue of food security in the Territory. The agricultural plan contains short- and long- term goals, including proposals for legislative enactment.
One of the most critical issues facing the territory is ensuring a sustainable food supply. The plan was created to foster food security and sovereignty by maximizing agricultural productivity in the territory. It was developed over a nine-month period with significant research and extensive input from the community including four town halls; focus groups and surveys of farmers, food retailers, and the general public; commissioned studies; and expert consultations. Additionally, three members of the farming community, chosen by fellow farmers, joined the task force last fall to provide their hands-on perspective and expertise.
“On behalf of all on the task force, it has been a privilege bringing the development of this Plan to fruition. Expanding and supporting agriculture is vital to the territory, and we feel strongly that the Plan provides an excellent framework for success,” said University of the Virgin Islands President Dr. David Hall, co-leader of the Agricultural Plan Task Force. “We remain at the community’s service should we be called upon by the Governor or Senate for further assistance.”
The Public Unveiling will highlight the recommendations of the task force outlined by the eight mandates of Act 8404. Farmers, stakeholders, and all members of the community are invited to join the Public Unveiling via Zoom on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 6:30 pm AST at bit.ly/AgUnveil (link is case sensitive) or using
Meeting ID: 385 092 9463.
There is also limited seating available for in-person participation on St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. Pre-registration and mask usage for those attending in-person is required.
The locations for in-person attendance are as follows:
- ST. CROIX: University of Virgin Islands, the Great Hall
- ST. JOHN: Cleone H. Creque Legislative Conference Room
- ST. THOMAS: University of Virgin Islands Administration & Conference Center
To ensure the health and safety of attendees, these requirements will be strictly enforced. If interested, please call (340) 693-1003.
The members of the Agricultural Plan Task Force include co-chairs Dr. David Hall, President of the University of the Virgin Islands and Commissioner of Agriculture, Positive T.A. Nelson; Diana E. Collingwood, Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture; Hannah V. Carty, former Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture; Dr. Kendra Harris, Dean of the School of Business, University of the Virgin Islands; Dr. Usman Adamu, Dean of the School of Agriculture, University of the Virgin Islands; Harith Wickrema, President of nonprofit Island Green Living Association; Dale Browne of Sejah Farms; Royce Creque of Greenridge Guavaberry Farms; and Nate Olive, Director, Ridge to Reef Farms.
More information on the 2021 Agricultural Plan can be found online at doa.vi.gov/ag-plan or if you would like to share feedback about your ideas, please email email@example.com.