Department of Agriculture
Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an agency that oversees the American farming industry. The USDA work to help farmers with price support subsidies, to inspecting food to ensure the safety of the American public, and to expand overseas markets for U.S. agricultural products and support international economic development. they also provide financing needed to create jobs; improve housing in America; and improve nutrition and health by providing knowledge and assistance about different foods.
The USDA was given a budget of 145 billion dollars in 2012. 7% of this budget went to Conservation and Forestry,13% to Farm and Commodity programs,74% went towards nutrition assistance, and 6% went to all Other*
*includes Rural development, Reasearch, Food safety, and Marketing and Regulatory functions