Agriculture

CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY E. PLASKETT APPOINTED CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BIOTECHNOLOGY, HORTICULTURE, AND RESEARCH SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

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CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY E. PLASKETT APPOINTED CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BIOTECHNOLOGY, HORTICULTURE, AND RESEARCH SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE Washington, D.C. –Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), has been appointed to serve as the Chairwoman of the Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture. The Congresswoman released the followin... Read more »

Plaskett Statement on National Farmer's Day

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ST. CROIX– Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett released the following statement commemorating National Farmer's Day: "We cannot overstate the importance of our farmers and local producers to our Virgin Islands economy and the health and well being of its residents. As we continue to grow our agricultural product and establish our sustainability, let us take this National Farmer's Day to n... Read more »

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett Named as a Conferee to the Conference Committee on the Farm Bill

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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), a member of the House Agriculture Committee released the following statement after being named one of the House Democratic Members to serve on a conference committee on the Farm Bill: “I am thankful to the Democratic House Leadership for appointing me as a conferee to the conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill. The conference committ... Read more »

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett’s Statement Regarding Amendment to Farm Bill Proposing to Ban Cockfighting in the Virgin Islands

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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement regarding an amendment offered to H.R. 2 – Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 that would ban cock fighting in the Virgin Islands: “Cockfighting, like horse racing, is a long-standing recreational activity in the U.S. Virgin Islands with historical and cultura... Read more »

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett Says Including Rural Broadband in His Infrastructure Proposal is a Step in The Right Direction for President Trump and His Administration

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WASHINGTON, DC– Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement after the announcement by President Trump regarding rural broadband being included in his infrastructure proposal: “Broadband is not a luxury it is a necessity. Affordable broadband is a building block for healthy c... Read more »

USDA designates St. Croix a primary disaster area due to severe drought

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Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated St. Croix a primary disaster area, allowing farmers to now apply for aid through the Farm Service Agency. “We are pleased to announce that the USDA has designated St. Croix a disaster area. Our office has been working closely with local farmers and with the FSA in hop... Read more »

Plaskett Announces $2.3 Million USDA Funding Opportunity for Food Safety Education, Outreach and Technical Assistance

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Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making available $2.3 million in funding for the establishment of regional centers to support comprehensive food safety training and education, pursuant to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “I am pleased to announce this new funding opportunity... Read more »

Congresswoman Plaskett to Sit on House Committee on Agriculture

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Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) became the first Delegate to Congress from the U.S. Virgin Islands to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture, Friday, after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) named her to the 46-member House Committee. Plaskett, who had hoped to serve on the committee prior to her appointment, campaigned on the need to be able to identify and secure funding from rural gr... Read more »