I hope this letter finds you and your family safe amid the pandemic that continues to affect the daily lives of us all. Fortunately, we now can envision a path out of it.
As we carry on into 2021, we reflect upon the past year and all that APHIS achieved. In 2020, we carried out APHIS’ mission despite challenges unprecedented in modern memory. We worked in new and innovative ways to continue safeguarding America’s agricultural and natural resources, protecting vulnerable animals, and feeding and clothing the world while ensuring our employees’ health and safety. We protected against longstanding pest and disease threats while adapting to help test animal samples for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
As APHIS approaches its 50th anniversary next year, we note that 2020 was the most productive year in our history. It is my honor on behalf of over 8,600 employees, working in all 50 States, 4 territories, and 27 countries, to report to you on those 2020 accomplishments. Among the highlights:
This is a small representation of what you’ll find in the 2020 Impact Report. In a year when travel dropped sharply and the U.S. economy lost roughly 9 million jobs, APHIS:
You can read about these and other APHIS accomplishments to find out more about the impact of our work across the United States and the world last year in the 2020 Impact Report.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.