USDA Research Center Named After Henry A. WallaceUSDA Research Center Named After Henry A. Wallace
June 1, 2000
USDA Research Center Named After Henry A. Wallace
BELTSVILLE, Md.--On June 6, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman dedicated the HenryA. Wallace Agricultural Research Center, here. The center, an operational U.S. Departmentof Agriculture (USDA) research facility, was renamed to honor Wallace.
Wallace was the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1932 to 1940. He thenserved as Vice President of the United States. from 1940 to 1944, and Secretary ofCommerce from 1945 to 1946. Despite his other achievements, Wallace is considered one ofthe greatest Secretaries of Agriculture the United States has known. He believed in thevalue of scientific research and furthered the advance of agriculture and environmentalquality by working to maintain soil quality through the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA).He also established the food stamp program, the school lunch program, the Food for Peaceprogram and the Rural Electrification Program.
Wallace's commitment to the environment has been continued in his name even after hispassing. The Henry A. Wallace Institute for Sustainable Agriculture was established in1983. Its goal has been to ensure soil, air and water quality for farmers. The Institutehas also been heavily involved in alternative agriculture, and has done much to furtherthe cause of organic farming. Visit www.hawiaa.org formore information on the Wallace Institute.
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