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NRCS Celebrates USDA's 150 Years

Dave White, Chief, NRCSNRCS is celebrating USDA's 150 years on May 15, 2012.  USDA's work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and other issues still fulfills Lincoln's vision - touching the lives of every American, every day.

Numerous events around the country will commemorate the 150th. In addition, you can learn more about how USDA touches the lives of each and every American every day with various 150th factoids.



J.A. Fair High School Students Plant Abraham Lincoln Heirloom Tomatoes in Honor of Earth Day and 150th Anniversary of USDA


Have you ever enjoyed the delicious sweetness of California navel oranges? Learn more about  California's pioneer Eliza Lovell Tibbets and USDA’s first botanist and landscape designer William Saunders.


State Conservationist Phyllis Ann Philipps, along with the directors of Rural Development and Farm Service Agency, spoke with the BARN Radio about USDA’s 150th Anniversary. Listen to her interview.



See how Guam celebrated the 150th event on with Governor Calvo and the First Lady. 





Many children believe their food comes from the grocery store. But a class of 23 Mississippi second-graders knows better than that – the delicious food they love starts with a seed. Students from Madison Avenue Elementary visited a new People’s Garden at an office of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).


USDA Offices Celebrate 150th Anniversary, Donate 892 Pounds to Food Bank.

New Jersey

Governor Christie signed a proclamation declaring May 15th, 2012 as USDA Recognition Day in New Jersey. Secretary Fisher presented Acting State Conservationist Maria M. Collazo and other USDA partners with a copy of the proclamation at the State Board of Agriculture meeting. Visit the NJDA Facebook Page to see photos from the event.


Team USDA Celebrates 150 Years of, “the People’s Department”


In Texas, the mission of the USDA is upheld through the work of the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rural Development (RD). Read the article, " USDA Celebrates 150 Years," The Record Live , Orange County, TX to learn more about the USDA's importance in Texas.


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