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Departmental Resources

Departmental Resources

Departmental resources

■ About the Agriculture Department

The Agriculture Department (USDA) is one of the older cabinet-level agencies, established by Congress in 1862 at a time when nearly half of the U.S. population lived on farms. Today, the Agriculture Department touches the lives of all residents, whether they live in urban or rural areas. The department is headed by a secretary, who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. One of the largest U.S government agencies, USDA is made up of twenty-nine agencies and offices with nearly 100,000 employees at more than 4,500 locations domestically and abroad.

While mostly regarded as an agency that regulates sectors of the food industry, USDA has a wide range of agriculture-related missions. The following sections focus on ...

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