United States Department of Agriculture


United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture is the United States federal executive department responsible for developing and executing U.S. federal government policy on farming, agriculture, forestry, and food. USDA administers farm commodity and conservation programs. It also makes loans to farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain conventional credit. USDA reaches out to people, especially the under-served, who can benefit from its programs and services. USDA supports the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to help meet agricultural challenges and consumer needs of the 21st century. USDA plays a key role in assuring that products produced using biotechnology are safe to be grown and used in the United States. Once these products enter commerce, USDA supports bringing these and other products to the worldwide marketplace.