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 Act Number 5265 repealed this Section and established the Department of Economic Development and Agriculture and in 1995, Act No. 5265 as amended by Act.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

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

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.

Marketing

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

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

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

AG PLAN TASK FORCE UNVEILS 2021 AGRICULTURAL PLAN

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...

Public Invited to Unveiling of the USVI Agricultural Plan Monday, May 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

US Virgin Islands, May 03, 2022 – The Agricultural Plan Task Force will publicly unveil 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...

THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CONTINUES DISEASE SURVEILLANCE OF ALL SWINE AND CHICKEN (AVIAN) FARMS IN THE TERRITORY

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services Division (VIDA VS) has embarked on a robust swine health surveillance program in partnership with the USDA. In response to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in pigs in the Dominican Republic and...

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

February 3, 2022, 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....

Agriculture Department Announces 2021/2022 Micro-Grant for Food Security Project

2021/2022 MGFSP Application The objectives of this program are to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food for food insecure individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities; and to increase food security for at-risk members of the community...

AG Plan Task Force Releases PowerPoint Presentation, Requesting Additional Feedback

Dear Farming Community: Thank you for all of the ideas, suggestions, and input that you have provided to the Plan Task Force as we work to develop a comprehensive Agricultural Plan for the Virgin Islands, pursuant to the mandates of Act 8404. Through its commitment to...

AG Plan Task Force to Present the Preliminary Territorial Agricultural Plan, Seeking Public Feedback; Territory-Wide Hybrid Town Hall on Thursday, September 23; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

September 16, 2021, US Virgin Islands – After months of research, consultation, and community outreach initiatives including three community town halls on three islands, focus groups, and surveys distributed to farmers, food retailers, and the general public the...

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