Department of Agriculture

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About the agency

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) executes laws related to food, farming, and forestry. The USDA seeks to promote agricultural trade and production, assure food safety, and it administers food and nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Records available

Per its Annual USDA FOIA Report for 2016, "[the] USDA makes records available to the public unless the information is protected from disclosure by one or more of the nine specific FOIA exemptions."

Requester suggestions, tips and guidance

  • FOIA Requests can be emailed, mailed or faxed. The agency has multiple points of contact for FOIA Requests depending on the nature of the request. Find the appropriate address here. Also, the Department of Agriculture allow FOIA Requests to be submitted via an online portal called the Public Access Link (PAL).

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