Happy 150th Birthday USDA

15 May

Happy 150th Birthday USDA

It was 150 years ago today – May 15, 1862 – that President Abraham Lincoln signed off on legislation creating the United States Department of Agriculture.

While you might think of the USDA as nothing more than a stamp on your certified beef cheeks – they are actually the agency responsible for your nutritional well-being. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) arm of the USDA is tasked with administration of our nation’s nutrition assistance and education programs.

In an era of bad news about obesity and expanding waist-lines, here’s a short list of the nutrition milestones and accomplishments that the USDA is responsible for:

To learn more about the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service nutrition assistance programs, visit their website here.

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