The USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan was recently released. This plan will serve as a road map for everything USDA does. It will provide direction to USDA employees as they craft policy in Washington, DC and implement USDA programs in the field. Perhaps most importantly, the strategic plan framework will increase accountability of mission delivery and ensure that USDA delivers the best outcomes to customers. In addition, USDA will use the strategic plan to help guide decisions regarding budget and resource management.