Secretary Perdue announces USDA reorganization


Newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced a reorganization within USDA that includes the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. In the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress directed the USDA to restructure its approach to international trade and create this undersecretary position. Also as part of a reorganization of USDA, Perdue also announced the creation of a newly-named Farm Production and Conservation mission area to have a customer focus and meet USDA constituents in the field. The Natural Resources Conservation Service will be moved into this new mission area. The reorganization does not appear to impact the Research, Education and Economics mission area. The changes are illustrated in this graphic from the USDA report to Congress on the reorganization.