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Bont Ticks With Disease Causing Death in Livestock Discovered on St. Croix

Staff Consortium | April 14, 2021

The V.I. Dept. of Agriculture announced Tuesday that a cluster of tropical bont ticks were found in Estate Lower Love on St. Croix on a herd of sheep and horses. These ticks were discovered during a farm visit by the Division of Veterinary Services. The ticks were collected and positively identified by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, D.O.A. said.   The tropical bont tick, also called Amblyomma variegatum, feeds on horses, cattle, sheep and goats and has the potential to transmit fatal disease to these animals. The male tick is large and brightly colored while the female is gray and can be the size of an olive. The bont tick does not affect people and generally does not affect domestic pets such as cats and dogs.    V.I. D.O.A. Commissioner Positive Nelson stated that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture  was immediately contacted following…

4 Years After the Centennial, USVI Commemorates Another…

Staff Consortium | March 31, 2021

Today the territory marks the 104th Transfer Day, when Denmark sold the then-Danish West Indies to the…

A Colonial Past Makes Way for Better Historic Representation…

Staff Consortium | March 31, 2021

On Monday, the copper sculpture of King Christian IX was removed from the Emancipation Garden in St.…

Plaskett, Others Introduce Legislation to Expand Farm…

Staff Consortium | March 12, 2021

V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett and House representatives Alma Adams and Jeff Fortenberry…

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UVI Board Approves Creation of School of Agriculture

Staff Consortium | June 22, 2020

In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on June 20, via teleconference, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees unanimously approved the creation of a School of Agriculture, the...

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