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Former Ag Secretary Bergland Passes

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Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland died over the weekend. The former secretary in the Jimmy Carter Administration from Northern Minnesota served agriculture at a time when Carter made an unpopular decision to embargo grain sales to the Soviet Union. The 90-year-old Bergland, a Democrat, served in the House of Representatives in the 1970’s before becoming Agriculture Secretary.

Following Carter’s tenure as President, Bergland later served as vice president and general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and as a regent at the University of Minnesota. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson in a statement, noting that Bergland also served the same congressional district in Minnesota, said he “served the Seventh District of Minnesota exceptionally before taking his farmer’s experience and work ethic to USDA.”