USDA Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2022-2026

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Introduction: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plays a pivotal role in shaping agricultural policies that affect millions of Americans. In line with its mission to provide effective, science-based leadership in agriculture, USDA must prioritize initiatives that foster equitable development across rural communities.

Key Points

  • Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: USDA must actively work to dismantle systemic barriers and promote diversity and inclusion within the agricultural sector. This includes supporting minority farmers, women in agriculture, and underserved communities through targeted funding, technical assistance, and access to resources.
  • Addressing Climate Change: Climate change poses significant challenges to agricultural sustainability. USDA should invest in climate-smart agriculture practices, research, and infrastructure to enhance resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prioritizing climate adaptation and mitigation efforts will safeguard agricultural productivity and protect vulnerable communities.
  • Ensuring Market Access: Access to markets is essential for the economic viability of farmers and rural businesses. USDA should prioritize efforts to expand market opportunities for small-scale producers, including through support for local food systems, value-added agriculture, and export promotion initiatives.
  • Supporting Rural Development: Rural communities face unique economic and social challenges. USDA should invest in rural infrastructure, healthcare, education, and broadband access to foster economic development and improve quality of life for residents.


  • Develop targeted programs and policies to support minority farmers and underserved communities.
  • Integrate climate resilience and adaptation strategies into agricultural practices and programs.
  • Expand market access for small-scale producers through investment in local food systems and export promotion.
  • Prioritize rural development initiatives to address infrastructure needs and promote economic growth in rural areas.