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 Act Number 5265 repealed this Section and established the Department of Economic Development and Agriculture and in 1995, Act No. 5265 as amended by Act.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

USVI Joint Agriculture Information Fair

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STX Nursery Closed for Training

The STX nursery will be closed the rest of this week due to staff training. The nursery will resume regular operations next Monday, November 7, 2022 at it regular opening time at 8:00 AM.

Nursery Workshop for Reforestation and Restoration Tree Growers

VIDA teams up with US Forest Service and USDA to bring experts to lead educational sessions targeting our local nurseries and planting sites.

USDA Provides Emergency EQIP Funds to Help PR, USVI Farmers Recover following Hurricane Fiona

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help farmers in Puerto Rico repair and rebuild damaged practices following Hurricane Fiona.

USDA Hosts Second African Swine Fever Action Week (October 10-14, 2022)

USDA experts take time to educate community and continue keeping USVI free from this threat to our food security

VIDA’s Annual Farm to WIC Family Fun Day (STT)

VIDA’s commitment to Community and dedication to achieve food security will be achieved; pandemic nor weather will stop activities to make our people feel good through healthy food, good music, and positive vibes. VIDA invites STT to come out and learn about the link between proper nutrition and agriculture, and talk with professionals available to provide further information about WIC support and options.

VIDA’s Next Farmers’ Meeting Scheduled for STT

Following the success of the STX Farmers’ Meeting, which brought multiple agencies together to present to and assist farmers, the STT meeting is scheduled with the same expectation of success. Crop and livestock farmers are welcome to the meeting held on UVI campus, to not only listen to information from partnering agencies,- but moreover, representatives are available to walk through documents with farmers, to ensure completion and compliance are achieved.


Supporting efforts toward food security and sustainability, VIDA is seeking to select members of the Community to provide in-depth guidance and training to


Welcome rains alleviate drought temporarily, but raise risks and concerns due to excessive pooling water

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