Today marks the birthday of one of America’s most iconic Presidents, Abraham Lincoln. Born in 1809, Lincoln led the country through its Civil War and preserved the Union. He is also remembered for his role in freeing slaves and championing equal rights for all.
Lincoln’s presidency was marked by several significant contributions to the country, not the least of which was the establishment of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to Lincoln’s presidency, the country’s agricultural industry was largely unorganized and faced numerous challenges. In 1862, Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law, which encouraged westward expansion and provided land to settlers for farming and homesteading. He also established the Department of Agriculture to provide support to farmers and promote the growth of the agricultural sector.
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is a key federal agency responsible for promoting and supporting American agriculture, forestry, and nutrition. With a budget of over $150 billion, the department provides research, technical assistance, and education to farmers and ranchers across the country.
Abraham Lincoln’s contributions to the establishment of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and his role in promoting American agriculture were instrumental in shaping the country’s economic and social landscape. As we celebrate his birthday, we remember his legacy and the impact he had on the country and the world.