What Does USDA Stand For?

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USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA is a federal executive department that was formed in 1862. It serves to develop and promote polices that help Americans working in the farming or ranching sectors, encourage good nutrition and eradicate hunger.

Some of the ways in which the USDA helps those living and working in rural areas are by promoting new types of technology, encouraging agricultural research and offering rural citizens special types of insurance and mortgages.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for low-income people and the Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, benefits for low-income mothers and children are headed by the USDA. Both of these programs are intended to provide food benefits to prevent hunger and poor nutrition.