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|United States Department of Agriculture|
|Seal of the Department of Agriculture|
|Logo of the USDA|
|Formed||February 15, 1889|
|Jurisdiction||Federal government of the United States|
|Headquarters|| 1301 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.|
|Employees||105,778 (June 2007)|
|Annual budget||US$94 billion (2006)|
|Agency executives|| Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture |
Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
|Child agency||Click here|
The United States Department of Agriculture (also called the Agriculture Department, or USDA) is a United States Federal Executive Department (or Cabinet Department). Its purpose is to develop and execute policy on farming, agriculture, and food.