Agricultural Policy

Date: 09/27/2014 Description: A central Illinois corn farmer, on top of his combine, is silhouetted against the setting sun while harvesting corn Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Pleasant Plains, Ill.  © AP Image

The Office of Agricultural Policy (AGP) supports American agriculture while protecting U.S. national security. AGP boosts economic prosperity for American farmers and ranchers by opening foreign markets to American farm products; promoting transparent, predictable, and science-based regulatory systems overseas; and reducing unnecessary barriers to trade around the world. As part of our commitment to ensuring consumer safety and the success of the American agricultural sector, AGP protects human and animal health by advancing international discussions on food safety. This work contributes to the strong performance of the American agricultural sector, which exported $140.5 billion in 2017, resulting in a trade surplus of $21.3 billion. Our work on global food security supports U.S. national security through programs like Feed the Future. AGP also coordinates with other U.S. agencies to ensure humanitarian food assistance is targeted, efficient, and effective.