Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the realignment of a number of offices within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Changes include creation of a Rural Development Innovation Center tasked with evaluating the impacts of the business, housing, and utilities programs. The Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) will be merged into the Agricultural Marketing Service. Also, USDA will create an Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement by grouping the following offices together: the Office of Advocacy and Outreach; the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships staff; the Office of Tribal Relations; and the Military Veterans Liaison. Several other changes were described by Secretary Perdue, as well.
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