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Crucian Conservationists Look at Action Plan | VI Source

CLCC in the News for Landscape Conservation Design Workshop in St. Croix

Read the full article published in the VI Source

Source: VI Source

“Leading the afternoon session, Brent Murry asked attendees to come up with how they envisioned the landscape – natural and urban – on the islands in five or 10 years. He then asked if that vision is what people really wanted the landscape to look like. He said conservation groups are often good on high-level objectives but action needed to be taken at the ground level.

Murry represented Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative, a partnership trying to advance science and action for the future of natural and cultural resources. This cooperative of conservation entities looks to conserve landscape while maintaining ecosystem integrity, human well-being, and the preservation of cultural and historical resources. It has two pilot programs in Puerto Rico and is looking to establish another in the Virgin Islands.
Murry said a similar meeting was held last month on St. Thomas and that another public meeting on the action plan is tentatively scheduled on St. Thomas for March 22.”


Agrifest 2016 – St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

The Agriculture and Food Fair / Festival
Agrifest – St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

February 13-15, 2016
Entry Fees per day
$6 Adults $4 Seniors $3 Children

There is food, music, plants, animals and fun! There are many activities for the entire family. The event is held each February on St. Croix.  For more info about the Agriculture and Food Fair of the US Virgin Islands click here.

Dancers at the St. Croix Agricultural Festival

People enjoying the St. Croix Agrifest

2016 Poster

2016 Agrifest St. Croix Poster

31st West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference

From the St. John Source ( and USDA-NRCS Caribbean Area (

UVI to Host 31st West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) will host the 31st West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference. Representatives from Caribbean agricultural institutions, agricultural economists and agriculture policymakers will meet from Sunday, Aug. 9 to Friday, Aug. 14, at the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix.

With the theme “Mitigating Climate Change Effects to Ensure Food Security,” the group will discuss risk mitigation measures for climate change, novel extension methods for addressing climate change challenges, the economics of new varieties of crops, improved animal breeds, protected agriculture, aquaculture, effects of climate change on farm profitability, price volatility and threats to Caribbean food and nutrition security.

This anniversary conference on St. Croix will provide an opportunity for scientists, farmers and policymakers to share ideas and put forth solutions for addressing climate change and its impact on the tropical and subtropical agro-economic landscape.

The week-long activities will include an island farm tour ($50) and V.I. National Park tour ($60). Registration fees are a US $300 and $150 for students. Conference registration and hotel information are available at

The Caribbean Agro-Economic Society (CAES) was formally launched on April 8, 1974, at the Ninth West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference in Jamaica. Among the objectives of the society are:

  • To facilitate exchange and flow of ideas between universities, regional and government institutions, and the private sector with respect to matters related to the economics of agricultural production and related industries
  • To adopt a regional approach to the collection, collation and analysis of agricultural data
  • To establish a closer working relationship between the public and private sectors in agricultural production.

Over the years, conferences have attracted a wide range of participants including policymakers, economists, researchers, agricultural economists, teachers, extension educators, farmers and other social scientists. Delegates have come from Africa, the United States, Latin America, Europe and, most importantly, the Caribbean (both English and non-English speaking).

These conferences have helped influence agricultural policy throughout the region and have attracted the support of international and Caribbean institutions, such as: The Ford Foundation, the British Overseas Development Agency, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, the Caricom Secretariat, the International Development Research Centre, Ministries of Governments, and other public sector agencies and private sector organizations throughout the region.

The 31st West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference is hosted by the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society (CAES), University of the West Indies Department of Agricultural Economics, the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station, the V.I. Department of Agriculture, the V.I. Department of Tourism, and the Caribbean Food Crops Society – V.I. Chapter.

For more information, visit the conference Web site at: or contact Kwame Garcia Sr., Tel. 340-692-4093 or e-mail: