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150 Years USDA

Celebrating 150 Years of USDA

Each attendee throws in a shovel full of dirt into excavated hole.Time capsule covered with signaturesCutting birthday cake for USDA celebration

Wyoming employees from four agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture collected reports, maps, photos, and other mementoes representing 2012 to place into a time capsule. The time capsule was buried June 8, 2012, at Nancy English Park in Casper. It is expected to be unearthed in 25 years.

The four agencies were Farm Service Agency (FSA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Rural Development (RD).

Nancy English Park was chosen because NRCS had completed a project in 2004 with the city of Casper to prevent erosion.

Pictured, left to right: Each attendee threw in a shovel full of dirt into the excavated hole; the time capsule covered with signatures; cutting the birthday cake for USDA (from left, Gregor Goertz, director of Farm Service Agency, Astrid Martinez, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Derrel Carruth, director of Rural Development.