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United States Department of Agriculture
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Seal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Flag of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agency overview
Formed May 15, 1862; 158 years ago (1862-05-15)
Cabinet status: February 15, 1889
Preceding agency
  • Agricultural Division
Jurisdiction U.S. federal government
Headquarters Jamie L. Whitten Building
1301 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.
38°53′17″N 77°1′48″W / 38.88806°N 77.03°W / 38.88806; -77.03Coordinates: 38°53′17″N 77°1′48″W / 38.88806°N 77.03°W / 38.88806; -77.03
Employees 105,778 (June 2007)
Annual budget US$151 billion (2017)
Agency executives

The United States Department of Agriculture (also called the Agriculture Department, or USDA) is a United States Federal Executive Department (or Cabinet Department). Its purpose is to develop and execute policy on farming, agriculture, and food.

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