Food and Agriculture Sector
Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services

The Food and Agriculture Sector accounts for approximately 20% of the nation’s economic activity. It is composed of an estimated 2.2 million farms, 900,000 restaurants, and more than 400,000 registered food manufacturing, processing, and storage facilities, and is almost entirely under private ownership. The Food and Agriculture Sector-Specific Plan details how the National Infrastructure Protection Plan risk management framework is implemented.

Mission Support

The sector relies heavily on its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for GIS services as on a day to day basis for ad hoc geospatial needs, as well as during a significant event. During a time of emergency, the sector focuses on what employees may be in danger, which facilities could be negatively affected, and if it is necessary to  send personnel to assist with state and local partners.


The general focus of products and analysis are on Tiers 1 and 2 infrastructures.  Products produced by the sector are shared with the appropriate partners, but generally are not shared globally. The sector partners with other DHS agencies in terms of data sharing. The DHS NOC is viewed as an asset to the Food and Agriculture Sector.

Case Study

During the Ebola crisis in 2014, the sector used maps built by the DHS NOC and added their own Food and Agriculture data to the maps to show areas at most risk for impact. These maps were shared out with their partners for situational awareness and planning.


The Food and Agriculture Sector is reliant upon HIFLD data. Refer to the “Agriculture” subcategory in the HIFLD data catalog at:

* To request HIFLD data, please contact the HIFLD helpdesk at

Updated on March 31, 2020