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As we celebrate the 1862 founding of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Land-grant University system, we look back on the many challenges and accomplishments of these institutions. At the same time, we look forward to the bright promise that the land-grant tradition of learning, research, and community engagement holds for the future.

While traveling backward or forward along this timeline, pause to think about the ways in which the history of the universities and the USDA may have touched your own life and the lives of your family and community.

Click here to find a lesson plan on the timeline

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