During Thursday’s virtual town hall farmers came to share their experience of growing food alongside a refinery that, without warning, can spew oil onto their crops, leach oil into their soil, and contaminate residents' water supplies.
Farmers have a variety of suggestions for what should be in the U.S. Virgin Islands' agriculture plan, but as much as any one thing, they'd like to see consistency, not a plan that bends with the changing administrations.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, over a year later, the tourism industry has emerged from a total shutdown only to be faced with the challenge of inadequate staffing.
“There are signs of soil cracking on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and vegetation is showing distress across all islands. Precautions such as ordering hay and water deliveries are being taken to get through the dry season."
People driving by the La Reine Fish Market on St. Croix on Saturday may have noticed more activity than Saturday’s in the recent past. More than a month after the groundbreaking, the facility is now 50 percent occupied.
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