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Department of Agriculture

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Agency overview

Mission

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

Organization

USDA is broken down into seventeen agencies and seventeen staff offices. Learn more about the organizational structure or view a complete list of USDA offices.

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