The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) celebrates its 150th anniversary today as President Abraham Lincoln established “The People’s Department” on May 15, 1862.
“The American Farm Bureau Federation congratulates Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and USDA on the department’s 150th anniversary,” said American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman. “President Abraham Lincoln is known for many achievements during his lifetime, but a little known triumph of his—that affects all Americans—was the establishment of the United States Department of Agriculture 150 years ago today.”
Today, the USDA has more than 100,000 employees across the world, working to support America’s farmers and ranchers and ensure Americans have access to a sustainable and safe food supply. The agency also oversees the nation’s nutrition programs, which serve one in seven Americans.
“Farm Bureau looks forward to continuing our work with USDA as we embrace agriculture research, science, innovation and biotechnology—all important components to meet the challenges of ensuring a healthy environment in a growing world,” Stallman added. “So, happy birthday, USDA, and best wishes as we continue down the road for another 150 years.”