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United States Department of Agriculture

Department Regulation 9700-001

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Office of the Chief Economist

Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Policy

1 PURPOSE

This regulation sets forth the policy of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with regard to the importance and role of small farms, ranches, woodlots, and beginning farmers and ranchers (hereafter referred to as small farms and beginning farmers and ranchers) to U.S. agriculture and the establishment of strategies, systems, and a Departmental framework for achieving and maintaining the viability of small farms and beginning farmers and ranchers.

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