(Posted Tue. May 15th, 2012)
May 15: The National Corn Growers Association celebrates and congratulates the United States Department of Agriculture today on its 150th Anniversary. President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an Act of Congress establishing the department on this day in 1862.
“When President Lincoln established the USDA, I doubt he could have envisioned what agriculture has become today,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “We have evolved from a time when corn planting used mule-drawn plows to an era of technically sophisticated tractors, multi-row planters and GPS systems. Over the past 150 years, the USDA has helped advance American agriculture, spur economic growth, conserve natural resources and build stronger communities.”
Nicknamed “The People’s Department” by President Lincoln, the USDA has become an outstanding example of innovation and technology. Created during a time when nearly half of all Americans lived on farms, the USDA today touches the lives of every American through their work on food technology, natural resource conservation and economic development, even though less than 2 percent of our population resides on farms.
The USDA has planned several months of celebration as they commemorate their achievements thus far. To learn more about the USDA’s history and plans for the future, visit www.usda.gov/usda150.
“NCGA applauds the work the USDA has done over the last 150 years to support advancement and success of our industry,” Niemeyer said. “We look forward to continued efforts to progress as the demands from American agriculture change both here and throughout the world.”