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Department of Agriculture

By Government Printing Office

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Book Id: WPLBN0000062841
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 2.3 MB
Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Department of Agriculture  
Author: Government Printing Office
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Economic & political studies
Collections: Government Library Collection, Government Printing Office
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Publisher: Government Printing Office


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Excerpt: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) implements programs that meet a wide range of the Nation’s needs. The Department promotes agricultural production and trade; protects animal and plant health; works to assure food safety; protects natural resources; fosters strong rural communities; and fights hunger in America and abroad. For example, the Department: // Provides a financial safety net for farmers, insuring an economically sound future for American agriculture; // Provides important nutrition programs, including the Food Stamps, School Lunch, Breakfast, and Child and Adult Care Food programs, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); // Manages National Forests and Grasslands and assists private landowners to manage lands in a productive, sustainable way; // Helps protect public health at 6, 430 meat, poultry, and egg product plants by ensuring compliance with food safety standards; // Protects agriculture from pest infestations and disease; // Provides assistance to businesses, housing authorities, electric companies, water supply and sewage treatment facilities and other utilities in rural areas; and // Conducts and sponsors research in areas ranging from food and fiber production to human nutrition and food safety. USDA plays a critical role in advancing Administration priorities including economic growth, national security and forest health. One result of USDA’s efforts is seen in the economic improvement of the U.S. agricultural sector. Agricultural prices and farm income continue to rise, and agricultural production is also increasing. In addition, it is estimated that the support provided by Rural Development business programs in 2005 will result in the creation or maintenance of nearly 70, 000 jobs. Protecting the Nation’s security includes helping to protect the agricultural industry and food supply from contamination and animal and plant diseases and infestations that can have significant impacts on human health and the economy. The 2005 Budget provides $381 million for the new agriculture and food defense initiatives to increase laboratory capability, monitoring and surveillance ...

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