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Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (Biography)

Tom Vilsack serves as the Nation's 30th Secretary of the Agriculture. As USDA's leader, Vilsack is working hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and secure a stronger future for the American middle class.

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 Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden

Working alongside Secretary Tom Vilsack, Krysta Harden oversees the day-to-day operation of USDA's many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process.

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USDA Strategic Plan FY 2014 - 2018 (PDF, 2MB)

 USDA Performance and Financial Reports

Measuring performance is essential to managing programs effectively. USDA works continuously to improve the quality of our measures to make them more meaningful and outcome-oriented.

Blueprint for Stronger Service
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 Blueprint for Stronger Service

The Blueprint for Stronger Service aims to build a modern and efficient service organization that is closely timed with technological innovations - and better suited to respond to 21st century agricultural challenges.