United States Department of Agriculture facts for kids
|United States Department of Agriculture|
|Seal of the Department of Agriculture|
|Logo of the USDA|
|Formed||February 15, 1889|
|Jurisdiction||Federal government of the United States|
|Headquarters||1301 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.
|Employees||105,778 (June 2007)|
|Annual budget||US$94 billion (2006)|
|Agency executives||Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
|Child agency||Click here|
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.
Images for kids
Harvey Washington Wiley, Chief Chemist of the Department of Agriculture's Division of Chemistry (third from the right) with his staff, not long after he joined the division in 1883
The Jamie L. Whitten Building in Washington D.C. is the USDA headquarters.
The Beagle Brigade are part of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This piece of luggage at Dulles Airport may contain contraband.
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