USDA Celebrating 150 Years
U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will commemorate USDA’s 150th anniversary Tuesday (May 15). President Abraham Lincoln founded the department in 1862 and called it “the People’s Department.” With a diverse portfolio that 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 – and more – it is said that sentiment still rings true today. As USDA commemorates 150 years of accomplishments – the department also looks to the future. Continued work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and other issues will ensure USDA still fulfills the vision of President Lincoln – touching the lives of every American, every day.