Department of Agriculture

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EXECUTIVE BRANCH:
DEPARTMENTS
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250
Phone, 202–720–4623. Internet, http://www.usda.gov.
Secretary of Agriculture THOMAS J. VILSACK
Deputy Secretary KRYSTA L. HARDEN
Director, Offi ce of Communications MATT PAUL
Inspector General PHYLLIS K. FONG
General Counsel RAMONA ROMERO
Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations BRIAN BAENIG
Assistant Secretary for Administration GREGORY PARHAM , Acting
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights JOE LEONARD
Chief Information Offi cer CHERYL COOK
Chief Financial Offi cer JON HOLLADAY , Acting
Chief Economist JOSEPH GLAUBER
Under Secretary for Natural Resources and
Environment
ROBERT BONNIE
Chief, Forest Service THOMAS TIDWELL
Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service JASON WELLER , Acting
Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign
Agricultural Services
MICHAEL SCUSE
Administrator, Farm Service Agency JUAN GARCIA
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service SUZANNE HEINEN
Administrator, Risk Management Agency BRANDON WILLIS
Under Secretary for Rural Development DALLAS TONSAGER
Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative
Service
LILLIAN SALERNO , Acting
Administrator, Rural Housing Service TAMMYE TREVINO
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service JOHN C. PADALINO , Acting
Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and
Consumer Services
KEVIN CONCANNON
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service AUDREY ROWE
Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and
Promotion
RAJ ANAND
Under Secretary for Food Safety ELISABETH HAGEN
Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection
Service
ALFRED V. ALMANZA
Under Secretary for Research, Education, and
Economics
CATHERINE WOTEKI
Administrator, Agricultural Research Service EDWARD B. KNIPLING
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Director, National Institute of Food and
Agriculture
SONNY RAMASWAMY
Administrator, Economic Research Service MARY BOHMAN
Director, National Agricultural Library SIMON Y. LIU
Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics
Service
CYNTHIA CLARK
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory
Programs
EDWARD M. AVALOS
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service DAVID SHIPMAN
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service
KEVIN SHEA , Acting
Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers, and
Stockyards Administration
LARRY MITCHELL
Chief Judge, Administrative Law Judges PETER DAVENPORT
[For the Department of Agriculture statement of organization, see the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Part
2]
The Department of Agriculture develops agricultural markets, fi ghts hunger and
malnutrition, conserves natural resources, and ensures standards of food quality
through safeguards and inspections.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA)
was created by an act of Congress
on May 15, 1862 (7 U.S.C. 2201). In
carrying out its work in the program
mission areas, USDA relies on the
support of departmental administration
staff, as well as the Offi ce of the
Chief Financial Offi cer, Offi ce of the
Chief Information Offi cer, Offi ce of
Communications, Offi ce of Congressional
and Intergovernmental Relations, Offi ce
of the Inspector General, and the Offi ce
of the General Counsel.
Rural Development
USDA’s rural development mission is to
increase the economic opportunities of
rural Americans and improve their quality
of life. To accomplish this, USDA works
to foster new cooperative relationships
among Government, industry, and
communities. As a capital investment
bank, USDA provides fi nancing for
rural housing and community facilities,
business and cooperative development,
telephone and high-speed Internet
access, electric, water, and sewer
infrastructure. Approximately 800 Rural
Development fi eld offi ces, staffed by
7,000 employees, provide frontline
delivery of rural development loan and
grant programs at the local level.
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
To meet business credit needs in
underserved rural areas, USDA’s Rural
Business-Cooperative Service provides
loan guarantees, direct loans, and grants
to rural businesses, cooperatives, farmers,
and ranchers, often in partnership with
private sector lenders. The following is
a list and description of USDA’s Rural
Development business and cooperative
programs.
Business and Industry Guaranteed
Loan Program This program creates
jobs and stimulates the rural economy
by providing fi nancial backing to
rural businesses. Borrowers use loan
proceeds for working capital, machinery
and equipment, buildings, real estate,
and certain types of debt refi nancing.
A borrower may be a cooperative
organization, corporation, partnership,
nonprofi t corporation, Native American
tribe, federally recognized tribal group,
public body, or individual.
Intermediary Relending Program
This program provides capital to rural
areas through low-interest and direct
loans made to nonprofi t corporations,
public agencies, Native American
groups, and certain corporations
(intermediaries). These intermediaries
establish revolving loan funds so they
can relend the money to businesses in
economically and socially disadvantaged

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