Each year, I have the honor of sharing with you APHIS’ achievements as highlighted in our annual Impact Report. This year, I am particularly proud of our work, both on the frontlines of protecting and promoting American agriculture and the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we entered the second year of the pandemic, APHIS employees played a key role in COVID-19 vaccination efforts. From January to June, our Agency deployed 465 employees across the Nation to help administer approximately 400,000 vaccines and support efforts to deliver hundreds of thousands more. Employees who didn’t deploy took on extra work to make sure APHIS’ essential duties continued and our stakeholders received the services they rely on.
At the same time that the pandemic challenged us, it also gave us a vital inroad to advancing One Health. Through the American Rescue Plan Act, Congress allocated $300 million to APHIS to strengthen our One Health capacity and develop an early warning system for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). This initiative establishes APHIS as a critical part of preventing future pandemics and builds upon our long history of One Health work.
As APHIS celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022, I first want to recognize the exciting achievements we had in 2021. On behalf of our more than 8,600 employees, working in all 50 States, 4 territories, and 27 countries, I am pleased to share with you our 2021 Impact Report. Among the highlights:
Those accomplishments are just the beginning of what you’ll find in our 2021 Impact Report. We also:
You can read about these and other APHIS accomplishments in the 2021 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.