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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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In the 1860s, some top agricultural services in existence today were started. Examples include establishment of a national agricultural library, a plant and animal introduction program, and the gathering of national agricultural statistics. Saunders (second from left in this 1867 photo) and other high-ranking officials were part of the supporting cast of first Commissioner of Agriculture, Isaac Newton (fifth from left), who took the helm in efforts to create these services.

 

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Last Modified: 8/29/2013
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