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This page tells all about the duties, roles, and requirements of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture. It is part of our United States Government series.

Seal of the Department of Agriculture
Seal of the Department of Agriculture

The Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Responsibilities of the Secretary include developing farming policies, promoting agricultural trade and production, taking measures to ensure food safety, protecting natural resources, encouraging sustainability of rural communities, and finding solutions for domestic and international hunger. Units operating under the Department of Agriculture include the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Forest Service (FS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

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