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Six Past U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Seven Past U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture
Mike Johanns, Ann Veneman,
Dan Glickman, Ed Schafer,
Mike Espy, and John Block

- Lecture originally conducted on October 21, 2013 -

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Mike Johanns served as secretary from 2005 to 2008. Days after he took office, he began working with U.S. trading partners to reopen their markets to U.S. beef. Nearly 119 countries had closed their markets after a single finding of a cow infected with BSE, commonly called mad cow disease. Within his first year, Johanns convinced nearly half of them to reopen their markets.

Ann Veneman served as secretary from 2001 to 2005. She was actively involved in the Uruguay Round of General Agreements of Tariffs and Trade negotiations, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement.

Dan Glickman served as secretary from 1995 to 2001. For 18 years he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Kansas' 4th Congressional District. He contributed to the farm bills of 1977, 1981, 1985 and 1990.

Edward Thomas "Ed" Schafer served as secretary from 2008 to 2009. He also served as the 30th Governor of North Dakota from 1992 to 2000.

Mike Espy served as secretary from 1993 to 1994. He was first elected to Congress in 1986 and served on the Agriculture and Budget committees. Within these committees, he served on several subcommittees, including the Natural Resources and Community Development subcommittees, the Lower Mississippi Delta Caucus, and the Select Committee on Hunger's Domestic Task Force.

John Block served as secretary from 1981 to 1986. Previously he was Illinois secretary of agriculture. After leaving the USDA, Block became the president of the National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association based in Washington, D.C.

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