As USDA approaches its 150th anniversary, the changes—quicker disaster assistance, expedited reviews of pending product applications, and less reporting dates—will help USDA build a better, stronger and more efficient Department.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has streamlined a host of programs and processes in an effort to help farmers, ranchers and businesses continue to drive America’s productive agricultural economy. As USDA approaches its 150th anniversary, the changes—quicker disaster assistance, expedited reviews of pending product applications, and less reporting dates—will help USDA build a better, stronger and more efficient Department. Improvements were announced by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Risk Management Agency (RMA), and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).