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Mother of four Lakima Ford has been a breastfeeding peer counselor at the Charles Harwood Complex, Christiansted, St. Croix clinic for the federal Women, Infants and Children nutritional program for five years.
The territory has battled various droughts over the decade, some years more severe than others, but even after significant rainfall over the last couple weeks the territory is now considered to be in a severe drought according to the United States Drought Monitor Map.
Crops, farming and agriculture are perhaps not the first things people associate with the pandemic that has swept the globe, but for farmers like Shelli Brin the novel coronavirus has changed everything about farming.
After several past efforts, it looks like cockfighting is now banned throughout the United States, including the territories, as of December 20, but not without opposition both here in the USVI and over in neighboring Puerto Rico.
A new rule imposed by President Donald Trump that many sources project will take Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program benefits – formerly known as Food Stamps – away from more than 700,000 Americans, will not immediately impact the territory.
Joni Garcia of the U.S. Department of Agriculture urged farmers to “tap into the opportunity to build business” before outlining how Virgin Islands Farmers can become eligible to receive SNAP payments.