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Doing Business with USDA

Use the links below to navigate the Doing Business with USDA kit. This kit has been prepared to assist businesses that are interested in selling their products and services to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Procurement Procedures and Policies - USDA buys goods and services on a decentralized basis. A list of the major procurement offices of the various USDA agencies, "Directory of Purchasing Office," is included in this kit. Vendors are urged to contact the procurement offices listed for more information on the specific products and services being purchased.

Types of Products and Services Purchased - On an annual basis, USDA obligates approximately $4.1 billion for products and services (including subsistence/agricultural (food) commodities). Government commercial purchase card transactions account for about $470 million of this amount.

Special Procurement Programs - To ensure that all businesses have an equitable opportunity to participate in federal procurement, a number of special assistance programs have been established. These include various types of preference programs, such as small business set-asides and programs exclusively for socially and economically disadvantaged companies, as well as other forms of assistance generally designed to help companies that otherwise might not be able to compete for a share of government contract awards.

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

The mission of the OSDBU is to provide maximum opportunity for small, small disadvantaged and small women-owned business to participate in USDA's contracting process. The OSDBU serves as USDA's central point of contact for general inquiries from industry and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The Vision of OSDBU is to fully integrate small business into all aspects of USDA's contracting and program activities.

Office of Procurement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture procures the products and services it needs on a highly decentralized basis. Procurement of subsistence/agricultural (food) commodities by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Kansas City Commodity Office of the Farm Service Agency (KCCO/FSA) accounts for over 60 percent of what USDA buys. On an annual basis, USDA obligates approximately $4.1 billion for products and services (including subsistence/agricultural (food) commodities). Government commercial purchase card transactions account for about $470 million of this amount.