department agriculture

Department of Agriculture

noun
the department of the U.S. federal government that institutes and administers all federal programs dealing with agriculture. Abbreviation: USDA

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism

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A department of the federal executive branch that provides services for farmers, including agricultural research, soil conservation, and efforts to regulate and stabilize the farming economy.

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