Definition of US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Agriculture: A department of the executive branch of the US government founded in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln -- he called it the "people's Department" -- that is devoted to agriculture in its broadest sense.
The mission of the US Department of Agriculture (as stated on its Internet site) includes the following roles relevant to health:
The US Department of Agriculture is abbreviated and commonly referred to as the USDA.
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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