Editor's Notebook
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Fri Nov 18, 2011 07:04 AM CST

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words "Abraham Lincoln?" The Gettysburg Address? The Emancipation Proclamation? Log cabins? Stovepipe hats?

Odds are your answer wasn't "agriculture."

Yet Lincoln, of course, was the president who signed the Homestead Act, the Morrill Land Grant College Act and the legislation creating the Department of Agriculture. He not only changed the course of American agriculture, he had views on it that remain relevant. With the USDA Lincoln helped create marking its 150th anniversary next May, those views are worth recalling.

"Every blade of grass is a study," Lincoln said ...

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