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United States Agricultural Society

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United States Agricultural Society

Scene at the U.S. Agricultural Society's Fair, Philadelphia, 1856

United States Agricultural Society (USAS) was founded in 1852.


The United States Agricultural Society was founded during a convention. Twelve different states in the country had agricultural societies. They decided to become one unit, creating the USAS.[1] It was the started at time when there was no Department of Agriculture in the United States government, before Abraham Lincoln established an independent Department of Agriculture. An attempt was made in Solon Robinson to start an agricultural body in 1941, but it was given up in 1943. United States Agricultural Society was founded when the Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture along with 11 other bodies decided to form the United States Agricultural Society. The Society held its annual meeting in Washington DC and held exhibitions in other cites in the United States. It was powerful body with the ability to influence Congress and was able to influence the Congress to bring in enactments the Land Grants Act and creation of Department of Agriculture in 1862 can be attributed to it. [2] [3][4][5][6][7]


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  2. ^ Carrier, Lyman (1937). "The United States Agricultural Society, 1852-1860: Its Relation to the Origin of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Land Grant Colleges". Agricultural History Society 4: 278–288.  
  3. ^ "The Rise of the Agricultural Welfare State: Institutions and Interest Group Power in the United States, France, and Japan". Princeton University Press. 2001. Retrieved 30 May 2013.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  4. ^ Alfred Charles True (1929). A History of Agricultural Education in the United States: 1785-1925. U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 59–. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  5. ^ U.S. Department of Agriculture Miscellaneous Publication. U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1929. pp. 59–. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Alfred Charles True (1937). A history of agricultural experimentation and research in the United States, 1607-1925: including a history of the United States Department of Agriculture. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. pp. 37–. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Scene at the U.S. Agricultural Society's Fair, Philadelphia, 1856". Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
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