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USDA celebrates 150 years

USDA celebrates 150 years

When President Abraham Lincoln founded the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862, he called it “the People’s Department.”

On the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issue the following release:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its work on behalf of agriculture, rural America and people throughout the country and world who benefit from the work of the agency.

When President Abraham Lincoln founded the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862, he called it “the People’s Department,” a sentiment that still rings true today as the department’s diverse portfolio boasts strong support for American agriculture and local and regional food systems, as well as critical nutrition assistance, food safety, conservation, rural development, and research programs, among many other programs and initiatives.

As the department commemorates 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future. In the years to come, we will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America.

The continued work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and many other issues will ensure USDA still fulfills Lincoln’s vision — touching the lives of every American, every day.

As we promote innovation — both here at USDA and in the countryside — we will help create jobs and support economic growth, and promote healthy families and communities, and a stronger nation.

To watch the celebration live, please visit For more information on the 150th anniversary celebration, please Additional information on USDA’s work to strengthen the American economy can be found at

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