Department of Agriculture

Cabinet Department

The Leader & Positions

The current secretary is Tom Vilsack, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 20 January 2009. The Department of Agriculture or USDA, the duties range from helping farmers with price support subsidies, to inspecting food to ensure the safety of the American public. The department seeks to expand overseas markets for U.S. agricultural products and support international economic development; provide financing needed to create jobs; improve housing, utilities and infrastructure in rural America; and improve nutrition and health by providing food assistance and education


The Department of Agriculture was founded on May 5, 1862

What are some duties that the USDA do?

Duties Continued...

Food & Nutrition

The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program. Administered by State agencies, each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children.

The Seal

If your product has a valid organic certificate from an NOP accredited certifying agent or one authorized through an international trade partnership with the United States, you may use the USDA organic seal in the forms provided below. Your certifying agent will review and approve all labels prior to use to ensure compliance.