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U.S. Department of Agriculture


The USDA has an extensive history. There are two ways to learn more about the department's past: resources about the USDA itself and USDA publications as primary sources. Check out some featured resources below.

Resources about and related to USDA History

One way to learn more about the USDA is its past activities. Below are some selected resources.

USDA Publications as Primary Sources

Since its establishment, the USDA has documented information on a variety of topics. The following are some examples from the National Agricultural Library's digital collection of USDA primary sources.

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