The modern USDA logo reflects the scope of the organization. It symbolizes a healthy ecological environment and natural resources associated with cleanliness and freshness. In addition, the sign creates a sense of trust and confidence in the safety of products among consumers.

USDA: Brand overview

Founded:May 15, 1862
Founder:U.S. federal government
Washington, D.C., United States
The basis for the modern USDA was laid back in 1862. Now this department is engaged in improving the economy in rural areas, oversees the health of plants and animals, and checks the quality of food products. In addition, he oversees agricultural research, provides food assistance to the hungry, and manages forests and pastures. Given this executive branch’s broad scope of activities, the USDA logo is familiar to almost all Americans.

Meaning and History

USDA Logo History

The United States Department of Agriculture has created a system of symbols for its identification, including a logo and an official seal. They were introduced at different times and used for different purposes. For example, if the seal is affixed only on documents, then a wordmark with a stylized image of nature can be reproduced on all media, including advertising materials. This is the basis of the unified USDA identity.

The most heavily used USDA symbol is the logo. It was created in 1995. It consists of two parts: a verbal sign and an abstract image of the soil because the earth is the basis of all agriculture. As for the inscription, it is located at the top and contains only an abbreviation, which was formed from the full name of the United States Department of Agriculture. All four letters are dark blue, uppercase, and have short sharp serifs. The designers chose a contrasting typeface to create a visual dynamic.

What is USDA?

USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, a division that controls the production and sale of agricultural products, is responsible for forestry development, monitors the protection of natural resources, the safety, and availability of food for all, and enacts laws regarding commercial farming. Its main program is Food and Nutrition Service. Predecessor – Agricultural Division.

But the landscape representing the soil is shown below and has a clear rectangular shape. Although it is not solid: it is formed by geometric shapes of different lengths and widths, including one large deformed quadrangle and three tapering stripes. They are all dark green, while the background behind them is white.


United States Department of Agriculture Seal Logo

The department’s oldest symbol is the seal, which dates back to 1895. A year before its adoption, the United States Congress passed a law requiring the USDA to have a distinguishing mark. The then Secretary of Agriculture – J. Sterling Morton, was responsible for the identity. As a result, it was on his orders that the drawing proposed by A. H. Baldwin, one of the department’s employees, began to be used as the seal of the United States Department of Agriculture. And Bailey Banks & Biddle, a jewelry retailer, created a seal based on this design to certify documents.

Since then, all USDA legal records have been stamped with a round imprint reading “UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.” In the modern version, the phrase is yellow. It is located inside a white ring with a gray twisted rope outline. At the bottom, on a long unfolded scroll, is another phrase in yellow: “1862 AGRICULTURE IS THE FOUNDATION OF MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCE 1889.” The first number indicates the year of the department’s formation, and the second – is the time of obtaining the status of the cabinet of ministers.

USDA Symbol

The center of the seal now depicts a stack of corn stalks, although originally, it was occupied by sheaves of wheat. But the plow has not changed: it, as before, is located in the foreground. Both corn and agricultural tool lie on the green grass. Behind them is a gray sky. The basis for this composition is a triangular armorial shield. He, in turn, is placed on a blue circle and surrounded by 44 five-pointed stars – the same number of states that were in the Union in 1889.

Both the seal and the USDA logo contain an image of green grass, which in turn symbolizes fertile soil. They present the department as an organization that pays great attention to tradition, which, above all, is evidenced by a hand plow. On the other hand, visual signs show the desire of the department to develop agriculture, to strive for a progressive future.

Font and Colors

USDA Emblem

The motto, initials, and full name of the USDA are written in a font similar to a slightly modified Times New Roman. This is a serif with short, sharp serifs and great contrast between the main and additional strokes. The brand’s colors – dark green (#005440) and dark blue (#002D72) – represent water, air, and earth. Their other shades are used in printing, as well as yellow, gray, silver, red, and orange.

USDA color codes

Dark CeruleanHex color:#004885
RGB:0 72 133
CMYK:100 46 0 48
Pantone:PMS 301 C
Deep Bottle GreenHex color:#045941
RGB:4 89 65
CMYK:96 0 27 65
Pantone:PMS 3298 C