USDA Celebrates 150 Years of Service to the American People
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True to his roots as a frontier farm boy, on May 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to create the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Over the next two months - in the midst of the Civil War - he signed additional legislation that expanded and transformed American farming, including the Homestead Act, and the establishment of the Land Grant agricultural university system.
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Senator Saxby Chambliss
US Senator Saxby Chambliss is returning to his home in Georgia after two decades of service in Washington. A strong advocate for rural America and agriculture, Chambliss believes challenges will come in the 114th congress to risk management tools approved in the new farm law. Chambliss says urban representation on the agriculture committees and budget constraints will make approving new farm policy even more difficult in the years to come. As a member of the 'Gang of Six', Chambliss says there will be consequences if elected leaders don't address some very difficult fiscal decisions.
This special six-part series addresses the important political changes impacting American agriculture and rural America:
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., talks about how he plans to work through the rail issues that continue to impact the upper Midwest, priorities for the Senate Ag Committee in the 114th Congress, and why he decided to make the move from the Governor of North Dakota, where he was very popular, to a U.S. Senator.