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Media Advisory No. PENDING
USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
Media Advisory: USDA Celebrates 150 Years of Service to the American People; Secretary Vilsack Commemorates the Nation's 'Every Day, Every Way' Department
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2012 - TOMORROW, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its work on behalf of agriculture, rural America and people throughout the country and world who benefit from the work of the agency.
When President Abraham Lincoln founded the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862, he called it "the People's Department," a sentiment that still rings true today as the Department's diverse portfolio boasts strong support for American agriculture and local and regional food systems, as well as critical nutrition assistance, food safety, conservation, rural development, and research programs, among many other programs and initiatives.
As the department commemorates 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future. In the years to come, we will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America.
The continued work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and many other issues will ensure USDA still fulfills Lincoln's vision - touching the lives of every American, every day.
As we promote innovation - both here at USDA and in the countryside - we will help create jobs and support economic growth, and promote healthy families and communities, and a stronger nation.
To watch the celebration live, please visit www.usda.gov/live. For more information on the 150th anniversary celebration, please visit www.usda.gov/usda150. Additional information on USDA's work to strengthen the American economy can be found at www.usda.gov/results.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
10:30 a.m. EDT
WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and MSNBC Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and
Mika Brzenzinski will kick off the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also joining the event will be conservationist Chuck Leavell, longtime keyboardist of the Rolling Stones and founder of Mother Nature Network; Art Monk, NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver; LaVar Arrington, three time NFL Pro Bowl Linebacker.
WHERE: USDA South Building- Cafeteria
1400 Independence Ave. Southwest
RSVP: Members of the media who would like to attend should RSVP to Stephanie.chan@xxxxxxxxxxx by 5 p.m. EDT Monday, May 14, 2012.
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