MEGAN PITTMAN: USDA marks 150 years serving farmers

By Megan Pittman

The United States Department of Agriculture this month commemorated its 150th anniversary and its work on behalf of agriculture, rural America and people throughout the country and world.
Mississippi agencies – USDA Rural Development (RD), National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Services Agency (FSA), and Forest Service celebrated on May 15.
When President Abraham Lincoln founded the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862, he called it “the People’s Department,” a sentiment that still rings true today as the department’s diverse portfolio boasts strong support for agriculture, local and regional food systems, critical nutrition assistance, food safety, conservation, rural development, and research programs.
USDA still continues as the People’s Department by investing in rural America and the rural communities that millions call home and investing in community facilities, helping to ensure communities have access to critical infrastructure. USDA helps to drive job growth in rural America and build thriving economies for the long term,” said Trina George, State Director USDA Rural Development.
As the department commemorates 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future. In the years to come, we will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America.
The continued work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and many other issues will ensure USDA still fulfills Lincoln’s vision – touching the lives of every American, every day.
As we promote innovation – both here at USDA and in the countryside – we will help create jobs and support economic growth, and promote healthy families and communities, and a stronger nation. We hope you will join us in our commemoration of 150 years of USDA. It is a great time to learn about our contributions to the strength and health of this nation, and to see how we can continue to partner with Americans working to provide a better life for their families.
Megan M. Pittman is Public Information Coordinator, USDA Rural Development, 100 W. Capitol St., Suite 831, Jackson, MS 39169. Email her at

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