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When the Department of Agriculture was founded in 1862 by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Lincoln, roughly half the population of the United States lived on farms and followed an agrarian lifestyle. Today, according to the USDA website, only about 2% of the population live on farms though our society's dependence on food cultivated by those farms hasn't changed. The following links provide sources for agricultural images and video.
Agricultural Research Service Image Gallery
This image gallery is a complimentary source of high-quality digital photographs available from the Agricultural Research Service Office of Communications. Use keywords to search or select a category to view thumbnail images for that category.
National Agricultural Library Special Collections
Special Collections houses rare books, manuscript collections, nursery and seed trade catalogs, photographs, and posters from the 1500s to the present. Materials cover a variety of agricultural subjects including horticulture, entomology, poultry sciences, natural history, and are not limited to domestic publications. You can search the collections by keyword or browse by format.