Welcome to the US Virgin Islands
Department of  Agriculture

…where we help our community GROW!

Our agricultural past 

The US Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture was created pursuant to Title 3, Chapter 17, Section 291. Act Number 5265 repealed this Section and established the Department of Economic Development and Agriculture and in 1995, Act No. 5265 as amended by Act. No. 6070, abolished the Department of Economic Development and Agriculture and created two separate entities, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Tourism.

Current Programs


Establishment 482, located on St. Croix currently provides the humane slaughter of animals from across the USVI working to increase the availability of locally grown meats.

Hemp Program

Enforcers of the industrial hemp program and licensing requirements, responsible for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced, testing the level of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, disposing of plants that do not meet the necessary requirements, and ensuring compliance with the USDA and all federal guidelines.


Purchasers and purveyors of locally grown produce who increase access to and awareness of locally grown crops by providing education & technical assistance to enhance market competitiveness.

Agricultural Development

Organizers of physical and technical assistance to farmers across the Territory, connections within the farming community, and support for the fulfillment of agricultural potential.

Land Development & Maintenance

Facilitators of farmer assistance in the preparation and development of land for agricultural production and the maintenance and repair of all VIDA buildings and grounds.

Veterinary Services

Developers, promoters, and supporters of animal health, who provide regulatory, assistive, protective, and supportive services to livestock farmers for animal safety across the USVI.

Commissioner’s Welcome

Slavery and colonialism were the tenets on which our Territory was founded, and interwoven with this history is the importance of agriculture as a cultural icon.

As we become an increasingly global society, our conversations around food and where it comes from has shifted our focus to locally grown foods. While somewhat repudiated over the last 100 years, the industry is poised for a resurgence. With the ever increasing threat of climate change and natural disasters, it has become crucial for the sustainability of our community to diversify our products, develop higher rates of self-sufficiency and food sovereignty, and network with our Caribbean neighbors. The future of our food system depends on it. 

Financial Management

Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Fiscal Management


Commissioner’s Office and Senior Leadership Team

Property Management

Property Leasing, Inspection, and Monitoring

Commissioner’s Office

Positive T. A. Nelson


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Diana E. Collingwood

Assistant Commissioner

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Hannah V. Carty

Deputy Commissioner

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Latest News


While much needed rain has fallen, the local infrastructure was unable to handle the on surge of rainfall, leading to pipes bursting, forcing early closures.

Women in Business: Pop Up Festival

Women in Business Vi and Caribbean have teamed up with VIDA again to bring you the End of Summer Pop Up Festival featuring entertainment, local vendors, and door prizes. Come on out and have some fun interacting with the forward thinkers of tomorrow!

Storm Preparation For Livestock Owners

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDS PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIVESTOCK AND HORSES FROM HURRICANES AND FLOODS As the drought continues this hurricane season, VIDA reiterates procedures to assist farmers with proper handling and care of livestock during weather events  ...

VIDA Congratulates NACD inductee Dale Brown

News Release VIDA Congratulates National Association of Conservation Districts-Southeast Region Conservation Hall of Fame Inductee-Dale Brown! Promoting conservation and self-sustainability, Sejah Farms has become a leading example of how agriculture can provide for...

Drought Conditions Demand More Intensive Water Conservation Efforts

News Release For Immediate Distribution VIDA Recommends Conservation Methods as Drought Conditions Dominate Territory USDA Map of the USVI detailing status of the drought in the territory (St Thomas, USVI) – The US Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture is alerting...

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TAKES TIME TO LET EMPLOYEES RECUPERATE  The Department will be temporarily closed after success of this year’s annual AgriFest Kingshill, V.I., June 1, 2022 - Positive T.A. Nelson, Commissioner of...

VIDA STX Preparations for Fair

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DIVISION CLOSURES IN PREPARATION FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANNUAL CELEBRATION: AG-FAIR   Regularly scheduled services provided by the Abattoir, Nursery, Veterinary Team and Market will be temporarily...

STX Saturday’s Farmers’ Market Exchange Temporarily Moves to La Reine

Saturday Farmers Market Exchange will move from the Rudolph E. Shulterbrandt Complex to the previous Farmers Market site located at La Reine – across the street from Pueblo on the following dates beginning on: Saturday, May 21, 2022, May 28, 2022 & June 4, 2022


US Virgin Islands, May 10, 2022 – The Agricultural Plan Task Force publicly unveiled the highly anticipated territorial Agricultural Plan during a hybrid event on Monday, May 9 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. As required by Act 8404, the Agricultural Plan contains policy and...

Get in touch with us!

Connect with us in our VIDA offices on St. Croix, St. John, or St. Thomas. Or, send us an email using the button below.

(340) 774-5182