Minnesota Department of Agriculture

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is a government agency in Minnesota responsible for managing the state's food supply, natural resources, and agricultural economy.[1]


The department began as the Minnesota State Dairy Commission in 1885 to eliminate the sale of adulterated milk and block the sale of oleomargarine as a substitute for butter. It was staffed by a department head, a single assistant and one clerk who doubled as the food chemist. In 1885, the budget was $6,000 per year.[2]



  1. ^ "MDA Agency Overview | Minnesota Department of Agriculture". www.mda.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  2. ^ "Minnesota Department of Agriculture". State of Minnesota. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  3. ^ "Miss Eliza P. Evans Loses Position". Brainerd Daily Dispatch. United Press. 14 January 1921. Retrieved 2015-07-17 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "A Good Appointment". Dairy Record. 19 January 1921. Retrieved 2022-03-23 – via Google.com.