A current United States Senator and former Agriculture Secretary looks back on 150 years of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Sen. Mike Johanns served as Agriculture Secretary in the Bush Administration for three years, beginning in 2005. He says President Lincoln had a vision for what agriculture could do for the United States.
“It was not accidental that in the Secretary’s office at the USDA I had a bust of President Lincoln,” Johanns says. “I had so much admiration for what he had done, not only as a president, but very specifically, relative to the USDA.”
Johanns says the USDA has stuck to its original goal of promoting the best for agriculture: sponsoring research, conducting research and promoting best practices down on the farm.
The Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice commemorated the signing of the Homestead Act, Morrill Act and creation of the USDA 150 years ago on Sunday.
Homestead National Monument of America and the community of Beatrice will also be the host of the 2012 Chautauqua of the Nebraska Humanities Council through Friday.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]