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Department of Agriculture

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Agency overview


To provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science and efficient management.

Current priorities

  • Set national and international standards for the health and care of animals and plants
  • Create a safe, sustainable, and competitive U.S. food and fiber system
  • Improve the economy and quality of life in rural America by providing financial support and loans, as well as supporting community empowerment programs


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