Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Agriculture, Department of
AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF, an executive department of the United States Government, established by Congress in 1889; originally a bureau. It disseminates throughout the United States, by daily, monthly, and annual reports, the latest and most valuable agricultural information and introduces and distributes new and desirable seeds, plants, etc. It includes the Weather Bureau, Bureau of Animal Industry, a herbarium, a museum, a laboratory, propagating gardens, a library, and other useful adjuncts. There are now 60 experimental stations established in every State.