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USDA Strategic Plan

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USDA is the leading advocate for rural America. The Department supports rural communities and enhances quality of life for rural residents by improving their economic opportunities, community infrastructure, environmental health, and the sustainability of agricultural production. The common goal is to help create thriving rural communities where people want to live and raise families, and where the children have economic opportunities and a bright future.

Because USDA programs touch almost every American every day, the Department is well positioned to support its constituents in taking advantage of these new opportunities. To ensure the Departments programs deliver results effectively and efficiently, USDAs Strategic Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2010-2015 lays out key policy priorities and the strategies to achieve them.

Over the next 5 years, USDA will use this plan to manage its resources in a way that delivers the best outcomes for everyone affected by its diverse program portfolio. The USDA Strategic Plan for FY 2010-2015 differs from previous plans by striving to break down organizational barriers to maximize the Departments available resources. Key priorities and desired outcomes have been identified, as well as the best means and strategies to achieve them.

In the pursuit of these outcomes, agencies and offices of USDA will be encouraged to collaborate more effectively to achieve the shared goals of rural prosperity, preservation and maintenance of forests and working lands, sustainable agricultural production, global food security, and safe and nutritious foods for Americans.

This strategic plan represents the dynamic process within USDA to ensure the best results for America. Through this process, the Department is able to continually assess the quality of its provision of services to the public. This close attention to performance outcomes and results will allow USDA to better support its constituents as they strive to take advantage of todays new opportunities.

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