Henry A. Wallace
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Historic Research Center Named for Henry A. Wallace
By Kim Kaplan
June 6, 2000
BELTSVILLE, Md., June 6-- Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman today
renamed a major USDA research facility as
the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville
Agricultural Research Center.
Henry A. Wallace changed the face of American agriculture
during his career as a scientist and as Secretary of Agriculture,
Glickman said. Wallace was committed to the idea that science is our best
hope for sustaining agriculture and preserving the environment."
Wallace served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1932-40, Vice
President of the United States from 1940-44, and Secretary of Commerce from
1945-46. He also was a corn geneticist, an agricultural economist, and a
vigorous advocate of soil conservation and ecology.
Considered by many one of the countrys greatest Secretaries
of Agriculture, Wallace framed the Agricultural Adjustment Act, which
stabilized farm prices and promoted soil conservation, helping Americas
farmers survive the Great Depression. The Rural Electrification Administration,
food stamp program, the school lunch program, and the Food for Peace program
were all established under his leadership.
Wallace also created the emergency granary system through which
the Federal government purchases surplus grain and stores it against future
needs. His scientific contributions were numerous, including the development of
the first commercially viable hybrid corn strain. He founded the first and most
successful hybrid seed corn company which significantly increased hybrid corn
Wallace believed scientific research was the best way to advance
agriculture and maintain the quality of soil and the environment as a whole. He
directed a major expansion of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in
the 1930s. Today, the 6,500-acre scientific facility in Beltsville, Maryland,
is one of the largest agricultural research centers in the world.
Contact: Kim Kaplan, ARS Information Staff, Beltsville,Md.,
phone (301) 504-1637, fax (301) 504-1648,