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 Mike Johanns
Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns believes the lame duck agenda will be brief and the 114th congress challenged with a blizzard of regulatory authority exerted from the Obama administration. While the GOP majority in both the House and Senate cannot be ignored, both chambers may struggle to muster enough votes to override a presidential veto on key issues. Johanns expects a tremendous amount of energy around the appropriations and budget process in the new congress. Many wonder what might be the next political step for this Nebraska Republican.
This special six-part series addresses the important political changes impacting American agriculture and rural America:
For the second time in as many elections, Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., was unopposed and will begin his third term in Congress in January. In this video, Scott talks with Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase about priorities of the House Ag Committee in the 114th Congress as well as being a younger than average congressman rising up the ranks of GOP leadership.