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Policy & Regulations

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Agriculture Acquisition Regulation
The Agriculture Acquisition Regulation (AGAR) prescribes policies and procedures that implement and supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary regulation for use by all Federal Executive agencies in the acquisition of supplies and services with appropriated funds.

Expired Procurement Advisories
As of February 21, 2020 all Procurement Advisories are expired as detailed in the USDA Contracting Desk Book. Refer to the FAR, AGAR, and the USDA Contracting Desk Book for contracting policy, guidance, and information.

Departmental Procurement Regulations and Notices
Regulations, directives, notices, and policy decisions enable the procurement divisions to carry out the acquisition of supplies and services in support of USDA programs.

USDA Contracting Desk Book 3.2 (04/04/2022)
The USDA Contracting Desk Book is intended to be a depiction of departmental and subagency/mission area acquisition regulations, policies, procedures guidance and information. For previous, expired versions of the Contracting Desk Book, click here.

Unofficial AGAR (10/01/2021)
The AGAR has been revised to align with changes to acquisition law, regulations, and internal USDA policies. Due to the dynamic nature of acquisition rules, the AGAR will be revised as necessary to implement FAR changes or to add supplementary material for which there is no FAR counterpart. For previous, expired versions of the Unofficial AGAR, click here.

FAR Class Deviations

Category Management
USDA Category Management Supplemental Instruction, effective March, 2022.