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Media Invited to Cover the 50th Caribbean Food Crops Society Meeting

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The University of the Virgin Islands’ Cooperative Extension Service is hosting the 50th annual Caribbean Food Crops Society’s meeting being held from July 6-11, at the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa on St. Thomas. Over 200 agriculturists, representing 22 countries will discuss production, marketing and policy issues affecting agriculture in the Caribbean. This year’s theme is “Enhancing Family Farms through Sustainable Energy, Research, and Technology.” The meeting will include oral and poster presentations, exhibits, a local farmers’ forum and educational tours.

The media is invited to cover and photograph the Farmer’s Forum at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa.

 Farmers’ Forum Schedule  

Tuesday, July 8   

12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m.    Procedures and Concerns Regarding the Acquisition of Obtaining Agriculture Lands for Farming
Louis Petersen, Jr., Ph.D., U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture commissioner    
2 - 3 p.m  Procedures for Operating a Business in the Virgin Islands 
Horace Graham, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs assistant director   

Wednesday, July 9

11 a.m. - noon 

Marketing & Merchandizing of Agricultural Products
Leonor Dottin, V.I. Small Business Development Center state director 

2 -3:30 p.m. Procedures and Regulations for Importing Plant Material into the USVI from Other Caribbean Islands
Leyinska Wiscovitch, U.S. Department of Agriculture state plant health director

 Contact:         UVI’s Public Relations Office – (340) 693-1057  |  pr@uvi.edu