Scholarship programs help sustain Valley’s farming future

Abraham Lincoln created the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862. At that time, about 90 out of every 100 Americans were farmers. Today, that number has shrunk to just 2 out of every 100 Americans. Each of those farmers feeds 165 people.

Still, the motto of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the same today as it was nearly 150 years ago. Across the bottom of the official USDA seal are the words, “Agriculture is the foundation of manufacture and commerce.”

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