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The “USDA Science and Research Strategy, 2023-2026: Cultivating Scientific Innovation” presents a near-term vision for transforming U.S. agriculture through science and innovation, and outlines USDA’s highest scientific priorities. The Strategy (S&RS) is also our answer to how we can strengthen our research, development and deployment partnerships to ensure our nation’s food system is more sustainable, resilient, and profitable for the many and the most, instead of just the few. The S&RS aligns with USDA’s Strategic Plan for FY 2022-2026, and reflects input from across USDA’s eight mission areas as well as our external stakeholders and partners.

USDA’s five science priorities include:

1) Accelerating Innovative Technologies & Practices: To sustain agricultural and forestry production for a growing global population, USDA must rapidly catalyze development of new technologies and practices that are innovative, resilient, and commercially viable.
2) Driving Climate-Smart Solutions: USDA will advance research that addresses risks from long-term and acute climate stressors, generates new revenue streams, and improves climate resiliency while bolstering sustainable markets for bioproducts.
3) Bolstering Nutrition Security & Health: USDA will deliver science-based information to support food and nutrition security, personalized food choices, food safety, food accessibility while continuing to drive innovative solutions.
4) Cultivating Resilient Ecosystems: USDA strives to create a healthy, viable production ecosystem that provides food, feed, fuel and fiber for all while enhancing quality of life and conserving natural resources for future generations.
5) Translating Research into Action: To drive the greatest impact, USDA science and research must respond to the needs of the diverse communities we serve, be accessible to all, and be translated into action in communities across the nation.

The S&RS is also a call to action for USDA partners, stakeholders, and customers to join the conversation and help identify innovative research strategies that lead to real-world, practical solutions that help farmers, producers, and communities thrive.

Strategy https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/usda-science-research-strategy.pdf
Fact sheet https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/srs-fact-sheet.pdf
USDA’s Strategic Plan for FY 2022-2026 https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/usda-fy-2022-2026-strategic-plan.pdf
Research and Science webpage https://www.usda.gov/topics/research-and-science

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