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Welcome New Employee


Congratulations on your new employment with USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP). MRP facilitates domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and ensures the health and care of animals and plants.

Onboarding New Employees during COVID-19

During this unprecedented time in our history we are taking some extra steps to ensure that you feel welcomed into our Agencies and that you have the information, support and resources you need to be successful at your job. We’ve asked your Supervisor and/or Onboarding Point of Contact in your program to stay in close communication with you before and during your onboarding process. Please reach out to them or these informational websites if you have any questions

Your first day of work will likely be different than you imagined as you may not be in an office or laboratory setting but instead may be “onboarding” from your home. Refer to the Before you Start page for information about documentation and/or forms you should have ready to sign when requested to do so.

Whether you are a current employee moving within your existing program or agency, a transfer from another USDA or federal governmental agency, or someone brand new to federal service we hope you can find some useful resources and information at this site. Please note: current federal employees may not need to complete all the forms or request all the services identified at this site as many of your credentials and access to applications will move with you. If you have questions, please talk to your Supervisor.

MRP is made up of two agencies which are active participants in setting national and international standards.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets while ensuring fair trading practices and promoting a competitive and efficient marketplace. AMS constantly works to develop new marketing services to increase customer satisfaction

Welcome New Employees from the Administrators

Messages to Employees from the Biden/Harris Administration

About USDA and the MRP Mission Area

About Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

About Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

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Resources for New Employees, Supervisors and Onboarding Program Point of Contacts

APHIS and AMS have both recognized the value in structuring an Onboarding program for New Employees. While all documents and links to available resources are available to employees of both Agencies; if you are an AMS employee, we recommend that you utilize those marked with AMS Employees Only when applicable.

New Employee Resources

Other Links & Resources

  • Reasonable Accommodation Program - The Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) Reasonable Accommodations Program removes workplace barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from applying for employment, and employees from performing essential job functions

Resources for AMS Employees


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