Soil and Water Conservation
 
The primary responsibility of the Soil and Water Conservation program of the VI Department of Agriculture is the rehabilitation of farm ponds. The engineer, Mr. John Henderson, works with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to identify ponds built under the Soil Conservation Service (precursor to NRCS) that are in need of rehabilitation. Farm ponds serve to control water flow to prevent flooding and to prevent soil erosion from farmer’s fields. Mr. Henderson also provides technical assistance to individuals and community groups interested in rehabilitating ponds and building rain gardens. Rain gardens are built to slow down runoff from impermeable surfaces such as parking lots to give water time to soak into the ground and replenish the underground water table rather than run off.
 
Governor John P. DeJongh, Jr.My Administration is firmly committed to supporting economic development in the United States Virgin Islands. We boast a strong and rapidly growing economy that is evident with an unprecedented influx of business development to our islands on a daily basis. We are unique and our beloved Territory offers many benefits: We use U.S. Currency and have the protection of the U.S. flag and U.S. courts. Manufacturers have duty-free, quota-free access to the U.
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ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY
On February 5, 2010, USDA announced a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability in the United States. The framework will provide the basic tenets of an improved animal disease traceability capability in the United States.  USDA’s efforts will: Only apply
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