The Virgin Islands Soil & Water Conservation District is back after being inactive for more than eight years. A new era for Virgin Islands’ agriculture began March 28 when Caribbean Area NRCS signed a memorandum of understanding with the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDOA) and the newly-reactivated Virgin Islands SWCD to help improve water supplies for local farmers. The district represents farmers in the U.S. Virgin Islands agricultural community, as well as other land users. The district is the grassroots organization that provides feedback to NRCS about local farmers’ needs. NRCS uses this information to develop its annual business plans to target assistance to producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The district can also develop and establish cooperative agreements with NRCS and other entities to implement conservation projects. Learn more.
NRCS volunteers have embedded in the U.S. military since 2003 and worked on conservation projects with local farmers in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the nation’s civilian effort in reconstruction. Each volunteer had unique experiences, shaped by local needs and their skills. For the next few months, NRCS will highlight the stories of these volunteers and feature them here. Michael I. Gangwer, a resource conservationist with NRCS in East Lansing, Mich., helped to build agricultural irrigation expertise among the Afghanistan and Iraqi people. Read his story.
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