Welcome to the US Virgin Islands
Department of  Agriculture

…where we help our community GROW!

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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 Act Number 5265 repealed this Section and established the Department of Economic Development and Agriculture and in 1995, Act No. 5265 as amended by Act.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

Abattoir

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

The *new* regulator for industrial hemp:

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, licensing requirements, and ensuring compliance with the USDA and all federal guidelines.

Marketing

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

Agricultural Development

Through Horticultural programming, we provide 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

Responsible for assisting farmers prepare land for agricultural production and the maintenance and repair of all VIDA buildings and grounds.

Veterinary Services

Developers, promoters, and supporters of animal health, we provide protective and supportive services to livestock farmers and assist in the regulations 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

Administration

Commissioner’s Office and Senior Leadership Team

Property Management

Property Leasing, Inspection, and Monitoring

Commissioner’s Office

Positive T. A. Nelson

Commissioner

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Diana E. Collingwood

Assistant Commissioner

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Hannah V. Carty

Deputy Commissioner

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Latest News

Growing Instructions

ANNOUNCING THE 2021 AGRICULTURAL PLAN TASK FORCE

Dear Virgin Islands Community: Pursuant to Act 8404 signed into law on December 11, 2020, the Commissioner of Agriculture and the President of the University of the Virgin Islands have been charged to create an Agricultural Plan for the Virgin Islands. An Agricultural...

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT ALERTS FARMERS OF CLUSTER OF TROPICAL BONT TICKS FOUND IN ESTATE LOWER LOVE ON ST. CROIX ON A HERD OF SHEEP AND HORSES

April 13, 2021, US Virgin Islands – The Commissioner of Agriculture Mr. Positive T.A. Nelson announces 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...

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT ALERTS LIVESTOCK AND HORSE OWNERS TO BE PREPARED FOR DRY WEATHER

March 1, 2020, US Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) is urging livestock and horse owners to prepare their animals for the dry period this year and begin to implement steps to reduce any harmful effects to their animals. Accordingly,...

Department of Agriculture to Hold Public Hemp Commission Meeting for Decision on Hemp Seed Distributor Permit

To view a recording and transcript of the meeting, please click here. February 10, 2021, US Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) is informing the community of a Public Hemp Commission Meeting to be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021,...

THE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD FAIR OF U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ANNOUNCES POSTPONEMENT OF THE ANNUAL FOOD FAIR FOR 2021

February 3, 2021, US Virgin Islands – After much gut-wrenching contemplation, discussion, and weighing, the Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S.V.I., Board of Directors is sad to announce that due to ongoing uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of...

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEMP COMMISSION MEETING FOR HEARING AND CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS

To view a recording and transcript of this meeting, please click here. February 2, 2020, US Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) is informing the community of a Public Hemp Commission Meeting to be held on Monday, February 08, 2021, at...

Backyard Farmer Development Program

INTRODUCTION The on-going COVID-19 pandemic seems to have threatened the food production industry on a global scale; and as such, many Virgin Islanders are now considering: “What if ships are unable to deliver food into the VI?” Thus, the consideration of such...

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT INFORMS COMMUNITY OF ABATTOIR MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

JANUARY 21, 2021, US Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) is informing the community that the St. Croix Abattoir is being closed for maintenance as mandated by USDA Food Inspection Safety Service (FSIS).  Phase one of the Hazzard...

Department of Agriculture to Hold Public Hemp Commission Meeting for Decision on Hemp Licensure Application

Click here to view a partial recording of the meeting. December 22, 2020, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The VI Department of Agriculture (VIDA) will hold a Public Hemp Commission Meeting, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at 1:00 P.M. The media and the public are invited to...

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
info.doa@doa.vi.gov