Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter, a native of Nebraska, died Saturday.
Yeutter, who was from Eustis, served as USDA secretary from 1989 to 1991 in the first Bush administration. Yeutter was 86 and battled cancer for several years, but continued promoting trade and agriculture.
Yeutter’s government service included U.S. trade representative from 1985 to 1988 and positions as Assistant USDA Secretary dating back to the early 70s. He was also president and CEO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer issued the following statement:
“Bruce and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Secretary Clayton Yeutter. Secretary Yeutter was a remarkable Nebraskan and a man of great integrity. He fought tirelessly for the economic engine of our state: agriculture. Cristena and the entire Yeutter family are in our prayers.”
Congressman Adrian Smith issued the following statement:
“Ambassador Yeutter was a true statesman who generously shared his time and expertise. No one understood the importance of trade to Nebraska agriculture better than he did, and his many years of public service benefited generations of agriculture producers across the country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry issued the following statement:
“Last night at the Nebraska Statehood Day dinner, I learned that my friend and former Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter died. He was a remarkable man, a steady and gentle leader, with a marked humility in the midst of an extraordinary list of accomplishments in service to America.
“Clayton always was respectful and kind, and he had a heart for public service. A little while back, he wrote me a personal note of encouragement, which I treasure. Secretary Yeutter lived up to the noble ideal of what it means to be a statesman. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Cristena and the family.”
By Tom Steever, Brownfield Ag News